Nurlan Nogoibaev: From the Remote Mountains of Kyrgyzstan to Cambridge
Four University of Central Asia undergraduate students from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan attended an International Summer Programme at the Institute of Continuing Education of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. UCA students enrolled in two-week undergraduate level Interdisciplinary, Business and Entrepreneurship summer programmes, which was funded by UCA, and shared their experiences in a series of reflections. This piece was written by Nurlan Nogoibaev, UCA sophomore student from Kyrgyzstan, studying Computer Science at UCA's Naryn campus.
This past summer opened new horizons for me. I was one of four students at the University of Central Asia who spent two weeks at the University of Cambridge in England, fully funded by UCA.
I studied business and entrepreneurship alongside my UCA classmate, Anisa. The programme was aimed at preparing students to pitch constructively developed business ideas, and I have been long searching for such an opportunity. During the programme, morning sessions were focused on interactive discussions on the essentials of business components, while sessions in the afternoon were allocated to applying what we learnt in the morning, by developing projects that we would be presenting at the end of the programme. Not only did this methodology help me to better understand important concepts, but it also kept me busy exploring efficient application methods and generating more questions.
Throughout the course, I learnt the basics of financial intelligence to evaluate, project and react, and understand how to set priorities in terms of allocating different resources to develop proper revenue streams.
The competencies and skills gained at the University of Central Asia were crucial in surviving in the world-class university environment. Apart from a slight language barrier, it was easy for me to keep up with my teammates, the majority of whom held graduate degrees. Although our backgrounds varied from sciences to arts, I was able to communicate on different topics fluently and confidently.
Gathering brilliant minds from all over the world makes Cambridge a unique, and inspiring place, and my fellow course mates made the experience memorable, productive, and fun. I would like to thank the University of Central Asia for providing such a wonderful opportunity. It made me more confident in myself, and the knowledge I gained in Cambridge is extremely useful in my current projects, and will help me in my future endeavors. I would never have thought that I, from a remote mountainous village in Kyrgyzstan, would ever get an opportunity to participate in such a one-of-a kind event that has changed my perspective on life.