As a further impetus to promoting digital transformation, where man and machine can interface and work together, the University of Central Asia (UCA) achieved another significant contribution in the field of Information Technology by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Enterprise “Project Development Center of New Industrial Technologies” of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of Tajikistan on October 22, 2021.

According to UCA, the MoU recognizes efforts of both parties in the field of IT and encourages future joint projects within existing initiatives to enhance collaboration and explore new opportunities for development. State Enterprise and UCA aim to organize more events, such as roundtables, seminars, conferences, training programs in Tajikistan to foster a relationship between academics, civil society, and government partners in the field of IT.

The State Enterprise also extends its support to the School of Arts and Sciences of UCA by offering 10 internship placements to undergraduate students of Computer Sciences as part of the mandatory Co-operative Education Programme offered.

UCA and State Enterprise will also jointly support entrepreneurial ventures, and research projects at state universities to enhance computer science programs.  Both parties will also invest efforts in exploring and identifying the potential of establishing a High Technology Park in Tajikistan.

The University of Central Asia was founded in 2000 as a private, not-for-profit, secular university under an International Treaty signed by the Presidents of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan; ratified by their respective Parliaments and registered with the United Nations. The University is a unique institution of higher education focused on the development of mountain societies, with its School of Arts and Sciences campuses in Naryn (Kyrgyzstan) and Khorog (Tajikistan), designed by award-winning architect, Arata Isozaki. The Tekeli campus in Kazakhstan is currently in the planning stage.  UCA’s Graduate School of Development has three research institutes, and its School of Professional and Continuing Education has graduated over 180,000 learners since 2006.