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UCA Gift Opportunities

The University of Central Asia (UCA) offers a wide range of gift opportunities which can be tailored to the specific interests, desires, and aspirations of donors. As is the case with most universities, UCA's programmes are heavily subsidised to make quality education accessible and affordable. The generosity of donors and alumni play a vitally important role in securing UCA's long-term sustainability, and ability to respond to the needs and challenges of Central Asian countries – particularly its mountain communities.

Philanthropic support is gratefully acknowledged and recognized by UCA, and with the donor's permission given appropriate publicity.

Annual Giving

General Endowment
Funds unanticipated, and priority needs

Library Fund
To purchase regular and digital books

Community Service
Supports student-led community outreach programmes

Entrepreneurship Programme
Student-led turn-key community entrepreneurship programmes

Sports Tournament
Provides community teams with uniforms and gear, and cost of arranging tournaments

Sustainability Endowment
Funds Maintenance of Campus Buildings, Artwork, and Landscaping

Extra-Curricular Activities
Funds student projects in remote villages to promote community service, diversity and pluralism

Matching Funds
Challenge Grants match other donations (1:1) to double the support

School of Arts and Sciences

Scholarship Endowment
Subsidizes the cost of education to make it more affordable

Dean's List Scholarships
Annual award to reduce student loans

Loan Forgiveness Fund
To offset the annual burden of student loans

Merit Based Scholarships
For high performing students

Need Based Scholarships
To encourage students from remote areas

Full Scholarship
Full tuition and room and board for the year to gold medalist students

Named Endowments
Scholarship named after the donor in perpetuity

"Pursuing a major at UCA is unforgettable. I had a remarkable opportunity to study on both campuses and learnt about the diverse cultures of Kyrgyzstan and Badakhshan. Over the summer I had a wonderful internship working at USAID in Monitoring and Evaluation. I was exposed to the real world and learnt a lot about business ethics data science and data collection."

Ozar Aini
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Class of 2021

School of Professional and Continuing Education

SPCE General Endowment
Subsidizes the cost of education to make it more affordable

English Language Course
Basic to intermediate

Entrepreneurship Course
How to take an idea to market and turn it into a profitable business

Accounting Course
Basic to intermediate accounting and tax laws

Vocational Training
Marketable skills in auto mechanics, electrical repair, welding, plumbing and carpentry

University Preparatory Programme
Upgrades academic skills to successfully apply and gain admission to reputable universities

SPCE local language content development
Translating and printing books from English to the local national language

Named Endowments
Scholarship named after the donor in perpetuity for one or more of the above programmes

Amina Orozobekova, 10 years old, enrolled in SPCE's mental math courses in Naryn. Six months later she won first place at the International Mental Arithmetic Competition in Dubai where she competed with 200 youth from 15 countries including Japan, China, Russia and Malaysia. She is continuing her studies at SPCE.

Life Changing Opportunities
This brochure provides an overview of UCA's School of Professional and Continuing Education programmes and activities.
[Read more in English, Russian, Kyrgyz ]

Graduate School of Development

MSRI Endowment
Subsidizes ongoing operational needs of the Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI)

IPPA Endowment
Subsidizes ongoing operational needs of the Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA)

CHHU Endowment
Subsidizes the music, art, and archeological programmes of the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit (CHHU)

Named Endowments
Support one or more of the above programmes in perpetuity

"UCA's Executive Masters in Economic Policy (EMEP) programme has been a wonderful experience. The teaching is excellent, and the materials and curriculum have been designed in the context of Afghanistan and the work we do there."

Muhammad Ajmal Khan Karimi
Graduate, UCA's Executive Masters in Economic Policy


UCA Research Endowment
General endowment funding research in areas of priority and emerging needs

MSRI Research Fund
Climate Change, Food Security, Agroforestry, Biodiversity, Tourism, Sustainable Mountain Livelihoods, Natural Resource Management

IPPA Research Fund
Public Policies in Trade, Economy, Gender, Social Cohesion, Agriculture and Food Security, Tourism, Extractive Industries, Small and Medium Enterprises

Civil Society Initiatives
Philanthropy, Public-Private Partnerships, Digital Transformation, Open Government, Civic Dialogue

Education Improvement Programme

Education improvement programme
Impacting 60 secondary schools, 20 each in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. Upgrading student skills to enable them to apply to reputable universities

Teacher Training Courses
Funds the cost of a two-day training course for teachers

Text book development
Cost of translating and printing new text books in the national language

"UCA has a very good approach to building the capacity of teachers in a sustainable way. We are very thankful that several of our teachers were engaged in EIP's professional development programmes conducted in Kyrgyzstan. Now they are becoming teacher educators, and are training other teachers from different areas of Tajikistan."

Zuvaydullozoda Muhibullo
Director of the International Presidential School
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Faculty Development

Faculty Development Endowment
Training and upgrading of Central Asian Faculty

Faculty Conference Fund
Participation restricted to faculty presenting or conducting workshops at such events

PhD Programme
Pays three years of tuition for Central Asian Faculty development, from Masters level to PhD, at one of UCA's partner universities


Endowed Professorships
Fifteen opportunities

Endowed Visiting Professor
Funds a one-month annual visit. Five opportunities

Named Endowment for Distance Learning
Enables UCA students to participate in distance learning with partner universities overseas

Named Buildings

Sports Field
Three opportunities

Dormitory Block
Sixty-eight opportunities

Exec. Development Center
Three opportunities

Three opportunities

Three opportunities

Sports Centre
Three opportunities

Alishba Irshad Kassim Scholarships at UCA

Although Alishba (1986-2019) left this world in the prime of her life, she profoundly touched the lives of family, friends, and acquaintances. She is lovingly remembered for her generosity, compassion, courage, and as an attorney—her passion for defending and championing human rights.

To memorialize Alishba’s legacy, her family and friends have established a Scholarship Endowment at the University of Central Asia’s School of Arts and Sciences. It offers merit-based assistance, and rewards students who are ambitious and goal-oriented, with a background of consistent civic involvement and community service. The Alishba Irshad Kassim Scholarships will be available to entry level students from the academic year starting in 2021, and funds the annual tuition fees. Students need to maintain a GPA of 3+ to continue receiving scholarships during their course of study at UCA. More details and application forms will be posted on this website in January 2021.

Meanwhile, to expand the benefits and scholarships from this endowment, friends and family are continuing to donate. Any amount is welcome and helps to grow the Alishba Irshad Kassim Scholarship Endowment at UCA, ensuring that deserving students are not denied access to quality education.

Support the Endowment:

  • Aga Khan Foundation USA (see below).
  • When submitting funds please indicate it is for: "Alishba Irshad Kassim Scholarship Fund at UCA". Your support will be gratefully acknowledged and recognized.

Aga Khan Foundation USA is a non-denominational, non-profit, tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Checks from US banks for the Alishba Irshad Kassim Fund can be mailed to:

Aga Khan Foundation USA
Attn: Donor Services
1825 K Street NW, Suite 901
Washington DC 20006

In the memo line of your check please write: UCA-Alishba Irshad Kassim Fund.

For follow up purposes, please send an email to AKF USA with a copy to UCA that you have mailed a check:

For information on donations originating from Canada, UK, or other countries, please contact UCA at the above email address.

For Wire Transfers:
Account Name: Aga Khan Foundation USA
Account Number: 2000032705216
Bank: Wells Fargo 1800 K Street, NW Washington, DC 20006
Bank ABA #:121000248

Inform AKF USA by email or fax of the amount and purpose of the wire transfer at the following address: Aga Khan Foundation USA Attn: Donor Services 1825 K Street, NW, Suite 901 Washington, DC 20006 (phone) 202.293.2537; (fax) 202.785.1752; or email

All donors receive an acknowledgement from AKFUSA, as well as a tax receipt. In addition, when the funds reach UCA another acknowledgement is sent by the University to the donor.

Donors who do not require a tax receipt can send their donations directly to KICB (Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Please indicate: For AIK Scholarship Fund at UCA

In US$: KICB Bank’s SWIFT Code: KICB KG 22
Beneficiary Name: University of Central Asia
Beneficiary Account: 1280010101229040

In Kyrgyz Soms: KICB Bank Code: 128001
Beneficiary Name: University of Central Asia
Beneficiary Account: 1280010001229013

When a donation is made, please also inform UCA at the email address given below.
For more information on the University of Central Asia:
For questions please email:
Or call: +996 312 621 979

For more information, please contact:

Nasir Pirani
Director, Advancement and Public Affairs
+996 312 621 979
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