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New 3-km diversion of Naryn state road inaugurated.

A new three-kilometer diversion of the Naryn State Road constructed by the University of Central Asia (UCA) has been formally handed over by UCA to the Naryn Oblast Administration on September 1 in the presence of President Roza Otunbaeva, ministers and government officials who are on a working visit to Naryn Oblast, Aga Khan Development Network said. Progress on infrastructure development and construction at the UCA Main Campus site was also reviewed as part of the event. During the ceremony Nurjehan Mawani passed on a special message to President Otunbaeva from His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of UCA who emphasized the significance of the construction of the US$ 2.5 million Naryn-Baetovo road diversion as being of critical importance as it has made it possible to site the campus buildings in the most sun-exposed area, and as far removed as possible from the area of the greatest seismic risk. The road diversion is part of several infrastructure projects completed by UCA which are essential for full scale construction to start. Among other projects are the significant strengthening of the Naryn River banks and planting of a nursery with over 40,000 trees that will be part of the landscaping of the campus. Prototypical test buildings are under construction and once validated the campus construction itself will proceed. Construction works at UCA have been carried out almost entirely by local residents, many of whom received vocational training at the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) of UCA. Over the last four years, in excess of 400 construction jobs have been created by UCA in Naryn. UCA is also completing a three-storey SPCE Town Campus in Naryn. Since its establishment in 2006, SPCE has graduated over 7,500 students in English, accounting, IT, tourism, entrepreneurship and vocational programs. According to a survey of SPCE alumni, 56 per cent attributed their studies as the factor that enabled them to increase their income and secure better jobs. Established in 2000 under an International Treaty signed between the Governments of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, ratified by the respective parliaments of the three countries and registered with the United Nations, the University of Central Asia is a unique three-country initiative designed to promote socio-economic development of the mountain communities in the region.

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Date:Sep 1, 2010
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