The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 as a private, not for profit, secular university through an International Treaty signed by the Presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan; ratified by their respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents are Patrons of the University and His Highness is the Chancellor. UCA brings with it the broader commitment and partnership of the Aga Khan Development Network.
Central to the vision of UCA is to create an outstanding teaching institution that excels in the generation and application of knowledge. Academic programmes combine the student-centred environment of a liberal arts college with the intellectual excitement of being at the frontiers of knowledge offered by a research university.
UCA is Central Asia's newest and most innovative university. We are looking for leaders. We want students who excel at academics and are passionate about learning both inside and outside the classroom. We are interested in who you are, and in your potential to make a difference in the world.
UCA's Financial Aid Application Package will be available for download following the admissions deadline (March 2019) for the 2019-2020 Academic Year.
UCA's Naryn Campus is located on the banks of the Naryn River, with easy access to Naryn Town. The Khorog Campus is situated at 2,200m in the eastern part of Tajikistan amidst the Pamir mountains. A third campus in Tekeli, Kazakhstan, located in the Almaty region, 40 km from the regional capital Taldykorgan is anticipated to open in 2021. Award-winning Japanese architect Arata Isosaki designed all three UCA campuses.