The University of Central Asia (UCA)’s campus site in Tajikistan is located in Khorog, the administrative center of the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO), 2,100 meters above sea level on land. It is slated to open in September 2017, according to the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
UCA's School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) operates a Town Campus in Khorog. Phase I of the UCA Khorog campus includes a three story, 15,000 m² facility featuring an academic building, library, laboratory, classrooms, a computer lab, student common spaces, the dining hall, administrative offices, faculty residences and more.
The Academic Block will house a library, classrooms, a computer lab, student common spaces, dining hall, administrative offices and faculty reception, offices and residences.
Each UCA campus features secure, modular dormitories and athletic facilities open to the public, including football pitches and tennis courts.
In 2015, UCA formally secured a loan to advance construction. Alongside a $64.4 million commitment from AKDN, including $7.5 million from the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the United States Government’s development finance institution has extended $30 million to complete Phase I construction of its Khorog campus.
UCA was founded in the year 2000. The Presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan signed an International Treaty and Charter to establish this secular, private, not-for-profit University. The treaty was ratified by the respective parliaments and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents of the three host countries are Patrons of UCA, and His Highness the Aga Khan is the Chancellor. UCA was established to offer an internationally recognized standard of higher education in Central Asia and prepare graduates to contribute leadership, ideas, and innovation to the economies and communities of the region.
UCA’s mission is to foster the socio-economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain societies, while helping the peoples of the region preserve and draw upon their rich cultural heritages as assets for the future. UCA brings with it the commitment and partnership of the Aga Khan Development Network.