The University of Central Asia (UCA) was established on August 28, 2000 as a private, not for profit, secular university through an international treaty signed by the presidents of Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan, and Mawlana Hazar Imam; ratified by the respective parliaments and registered with the United Nations. The presidents are the Patrons of the University and Mawlana Hazar Imam is the University’s Chancellor. UCA is the world’s first internationally chartered institution of higher education.
The treaty was signed in Astana, Kazakhstan, on August 31, 2000.
Announcing a total endowment of US$15 million for the University at its inception, Mawlana Hazar Imam stated that US$5 million of this sum would be allocated for the University’s programmes in Kazakhstan.
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UCA’s mission is to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain communities, by offering an internationally recognised standard of higher education, and enabling the peoples of the region to preserve their rich cultural heritage as assets for the future.
Naryn Campus, Kyrgyz Republic
The Naryn campus, the first campus of the UCA, was inaugurated by Mawlana Hazar Imam and Kyrgyz Prime Minister HE Sooronbay Jeenbekov on October 19, 2016.
“Students of world history remind us how Central Asia, a thousand years ago, “led the world” in trade and investment, in urban development, in cultural and intellectual achievement. This was the place that leading thinkers from around the known world would look to for leadership. What were the latest breakthroughs in astronomy or mathematics, in chemistry or medicine, in philosophy or music? This was the place to find out. This region is where algebra got its name, where the earth’s diameter was precisely calculated, where some of the world’s greatest poetry was penned.”
Mawlana Hazar Imam
Khorog Campus, Tajikistan
The foundation stone was laid by Mawlana Hazar Imam, President Emomali Rahmonov, and Afghanistan’s Vice-President Nematullah Shahrani on July 6, 2004
The campus was formally inaugurated on September 14, 2018 by Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmonov.
Tekeli Campus, Khazakhstan – expected to open in 2022
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