The University of Central Asia (UCA) has established a fund to provide assistance to families suffering as a result of the humanitarian and economic impact of COVID-19.

Staff at UCA have donated a day’s salary to this fund on a voluntary basis, which will be distributed to families in need.

The University of Central Asia also distributed food and medical supplies to 500 families in the Kyrgyz city of Naryn identified by the mayor’s office as being in the socially vulnerable category and has prepared 90 beds on the campus grounds for observation zones as part of the mitigation procedures for COVID-19.

To give a boost to the local economy, UCA purchased mattresses, blankets, pillows and linen made by women from the rural areas of Naryn.

The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 as a private, not for profit, secular university through an International Treaty signed by the Presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan; ratified by their respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations.  The Presidents are Patrons of the University and His Highness is the Chancellor. UCA brings with it the broader commitment and partnership of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

As a university focused on the development of mountain societies, UCA's undergraduate programs are located at its purpose-built world class residential campuses in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan, and Khorog, Tajikistan near the Tien Shan and Pamir mountains respectively.  The Tekeli campus in the mountain ranges of Kazakhstan is expected to start classes in 2022.