UCA News - Issue 68
Оn 9 December 2010 the University of Central Asia (UCA) and the Embassy of France in Tajikistan signed an agreement to train French language instructors in the tourism sector in Tajikistan.
The agreement, facilitated by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Representative Office in Tajikistan, provides Embassy of France support to UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) to train five French language instructors in an intensive professional development programme at the Bactria Cultural Centre in Dushanbe. Upon completion of the programme, the instructors will teach Conversational French and French for Tourism at SPCE Khorog and the SPCE Learning Centre in Dushanbe.
SPCE’s French Language Programme is designed to improve services offered to the numerous French-speaking tourists visiting Tajikistan, and to facilitate the development of ties between Tajikistan’s tourism organizations and their counterparts in France, particularly in the area of ecotourism.
The University of Central Asia was founded in 2000 by the governments of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and His Highness the Aga Khan. The International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private University was signed by His Highness the Aga Khan and the Presidents of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, ratified by the respective parliaments and registered with the United Nations. The School of Professional and Continuing Education is the University’s first operational academic programme. The School is Central Asia’s first provider of formal, university-based, non-degree educational programmes. It emphasizes tertiary short-cycle education (TSCE), which gives students intense training, usually in one year or less, that results in a widely accepted qualification to perform industry- specific tasks.
About Embassy of France/ Bactria Cultural Centre
France opened in 2002 a diplomatic representation in Dushanbe, which became an Embassy in 2003. The French NGO ACTED created Bactria Cultural Centre (BCC) in December 2001 with the aim to tackle two specific challenges set by the collapse of the Soviet Union and the civil war in Tajikistan (1992-1997): the destruction or paralysis of cultural institutions inherited from the Soviet period; the disorganization and deterioration of the education system. Within the ACTED network, BCC’s main mission is to promote culture and education in Tajikistan as two crucial tools for social and economic development, and to facilitate the integration of local communities into current economic processes by the means of arts, culture and education.
The Aga Khan Development Network is a group of institutions working to improve living conditions and opportunities in specific regions of the developing world. The Network's institutions have mandates that range from the fields of health and education to rural development and the promotion of private-sector enterprise. The three main areas of activity in the Network are social development, economic development and culture.
For more information contact
Head, School of Professional and
University of Central Asia
90, Lenina St., Khorog
GBAO, Tajikistan 736000
Tel: +992-3522 22227 (ext.201)
Mob: +992-93 5050909
Deputy Cultural Adviser,
Embassy of France
Bactria Cultural Centre
15 Rajabov St., Dushanbe
Tel: +992 372 21-92-89 / 27-03-67
Mob: +992 98 503 06 56