UCA News - Issue 91
SPCE Learning Centre, Dushanbe and AKHP hold joint 2011 graduation ceremony
The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) Learning Centre, Dushanbe and the Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) hold their second annual joint graduation ceremony on 30 June 2011 at the Ismaili Centre in Dushanbe.
The achievements of nearly 300 graduates of AKHP and SPCE Learning Centre Dushanbe were recognized at the ceremony. SPCE graduates received certificates in Accounting, English for Business, and Information Technology. AKHP graduates of the Humanities in English programme also received certificates of completion for individual courses completed, including Seeking Social Justice and Introduction to Humanities.
The awards ceremony was attended by Mr Mirgan Shahbozov, Deputy Speaker of Tajik Parliament, and other prominent parliamentarians: Jabbarova Marhabo – Head, Committee for Science, Education, Culture and Youth Policy and Khayrinisso Yusufi – Head, Committee for Social Issues, Family and Health; Ilolov Mamadsho – President, Academy of Sciences, and representatives of the President’s Administration, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, and Ministry of Health. The diplomatic community was represented by the Ambassadors of the USA, UK, Germany, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, and representatives of the Embassies of Iran, Russia and France.
Representatives of OSCE, JICA, USAID, GIZ and other international organizations attended. Also present were representatives of partner institutions; universities professors, heads of AKDN agencies, and proud families.
Mr Shahbozov Deputy Speaker of the Tajik Parliament, addressed the graduates, congratulating them on their achievements and emphasized the strong relationship between UCA and the Tajik Government and the Parliament, appreciated UCA contribution to fostering economic development and building human capacity in the country. He pointed out that 12 Members of the Parliament, including himself, another Deputy Speaker and two Committee Heads are SPCE learners who successfully completed the Starter Level of the Conversational English Program.
SPCE graduates from the Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defence
Among the learners receiving certificates were 17 members of staff of the Committee of Emergency Situation and Civil Defence, whose studies was supported by the United National Development Programme and received a Record of Achievement in Information Technology.
AKHP was established in 1997, and became a part of University of Central Asia in 2007.
Headquartered in Dushanbe, AKHP currently works with 31 partner universities in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. High school students, undergraduate and graduate university students may enroll in any of the following courses: Introduction to Humanities, Individual and Society, Tradition and Change, Rhythm and Movement, Identifying Civil Society, Seeking Social Justice, Art and Appreciation, and Negotiating Human Nature.
The SPCE Learning Center, Dushanbe was established in January 2008; this was the third graduation held for SPCE learners of the Learning Centre, Dushanbe.
Graduate Profiles: SPCE and AKHP
Aminov Abdurashid, Accounting Technology Certificate programme
In 1992, Aminov Abdurashid, 42, graduated from Tajik Polytechnic Institute. For the past 18 years, Abdurashid worked as a mechanical engineer. In 2011, Abdurashid enrolled in the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) Learning Centre, Dushanbe. “I have the technical education, but needed to know more about accounting and business.” For him, the Accounting course helped build skills required for his work with Gazprom, where he coordinates the maintenance and repair of gas stations in the region.
“The Accounting Technology Certificate (ATC) programme helped me understand the business activity of an enterprise. The course has also helped me prepare better financial reports for my division,” he said. Abdurashid, who lives in Dushanbe with his wife and two children, plans to enroll in English courses at SPCE. “I really value the accessibility of the Learning Centre. The instructors are very invested in the success of their students,” he said.
Malika Oshurbekova, English for Business programme
Malika Oshurbekova, 27, decided to enroll at SPCE because of its quality and reputation.
“The Centre is known for providing quality programmes in English for Business, Accounting, and other subjects.” At the Russia-Tajik Slavic University, Oshurbekova studied philosophy and took courses with the Aga Khan Humanities Programme (AKHP). After graduating in 2006, she worked as an interpreter and secretary for the Embassy of Pakistan in Dushanbe.
In 2011, she completed the English for Business course at SPCE Dushanbe, receiving a Qualification Certificate from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations Board.“At the Embassy, I do a lot of translating from Russian and Tajik into English. The English for Business course strengthened my language skills, which is particularly helpful for preparing official documents and translations,” she said. Originally from Khorog,
Oshurbekova credits the SPCE approach to teaching and learning with the effectiveness of the programme: “The teachers focus on the learning styles of the student, using visual aids and engaging students in listening, speaking, and writing exercises. It helped me see the practical use of these skills.”
Mavjigul Hikmatova, Accounting Technology Certificate and English for Business programmes
Mavjigul Hikmatova, 30, has completed the ATC and English for business courses at the SPCE Learning Centre, Dushanbe and courses from the Aga Khan Humanities Programme. A Tajik National University graduate, Hikmatova used to work as an office manager at the NGO "Zdorovie", and is now a translator at the International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC).
Hikmatova decided to enroll at SPCE to improve her business English skills and accounting practices. “At ISTC, I translate technical reports and financial documents and do oral translations. So, strong English and accounting skills are very important for my job,” she said.
Hikmatova plans to advance her skills by pursuing the advanced English for Business programme. “This is an important skill for my work. At SPCE, they use the right approach of teaching both theory and practice.”
Dmitri Zaryalov, Aga Khan Humanities Programme
Dmitriy Zaryalov, 17, is a second year Moscow State University student in Dushanbe. Dmitriy was 14 when he first completed the AKHP courses as part of his high school studies. “My friend told me that these courses were very different from traditional courses because they focused on the humanities, so I decided to apply,” said Zaryalov.
Since then, Zaryalov has taken four AKHP courses at the Learning Centre, including Tradition and Change and Seeking Social Justice. “I really appreciated the Seeking Social Justice course, because civic responsibility is demonstrated and not just taught,” he said. “For example, we cleaned up parks and worked with children with disabilities.” Zaryalov also valued the different teaching and learning methods encouraged by the programme. “These courses helped me develop strong critical thinking and writing skills, which are important for my studies.” Zaryalov is pursuing an International Relations degree, and plans for a career in international business or diplomacy. “For me, representing your culture to others is not only a chance to teach others, but to learn more about your own culture,” he said. Zaryalov is an intern in the Resource Centre at Learning Centre, Dushanbe.