International Office

The International Office provides leadership in the pursuit of academic excellence through international cooperation and strategic partnerships.


The mission of the International Office is to coordinate and facilitate all relevant cooperation and strategic opportunities to maintain academic excellence in line with UCA's mission of developing mountain societies.


"What we are doing here will be a valuable example of international cooperation for the future not only here in the region, but also for people far beyond the region."

His Highness the Aga Khan
UCA Naryn Campus Inauguration Ceremony
(Naryn, Kyrgyzstan, October 19th 2016)

The work of the International Office falls under four broad areas of operation:

  • Strategy and Consultation
    Facilitating academic and strategic partnerships across the university in teaching, research and learning.
  • Institutional Strengthening
    Working with UCA's School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Development, School of Professional and Continuing Education, as well as University departments to identify, strengthen and support implementation of opportunities and collaborations.
  • Maintain Global Relevance
    Participating in events to promote social and economic development in Central Asia, encouraging cross-cultural understanding, fostering flow of ideas in university education as well as adopting best practice in line with international quality standards across the university.
  • Graduate, Doctoral and Postdoctoral Studies
    Providing leadership in academic development through the Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP).

News & Events

UCA Joins United Nations Academic Impact
As a member of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), UCA is joining over 1,300 institutions in 145 countries, and working with the United Nations to promote global priorities, including peace, human rights, and sustainable development.

Central Asian Faculty Development Programme Phase II
Launched in 2018, seven fellows are participating in Phase II of UCA's Central Asian Faculty Development Programme. Two fellows have already finished their studies and are employed at UCA's School of Arts Sciences.

Cambridge Trust and UCA Renew Agreement for Faculty Development
The Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust (Cambridge Trust), and the University of Central Asia (UCA), extended their partnership agreement on February 26th 2020 to develop faculty across Central Asia for a further three years. The agreement builds on an earlier collaboration signed in 2017, and will enable outstanding students from UCA, and the surrounding regions of Central Asia, to gain a master's or PhD degree at the University of Cambridge.

Contact Us

The International Office can be reached by email at

Salim Sumar
Director of Academic Development & International Partnerships, and Head of UCA's International Office

For matters on international student admissions email or visit the Admissions page.

To learn more about opportunities to engage UCA undergraduate students in international internships, email or visit the Co-operative Education page.

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