DUSHANBE, August 10, 2016, Asia-Plus -- The University of Central Asia (UCA) recognized the achievements of the Second Annual Summer Camp’s 73 participants in a closing ceremony at the Royal Beach Resort in Kyrgyzstan’s Issyk Kul region on August 8, 2016.

Over three weeks, UCA hosted top students from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan at the innovative Summer Camp, an integrated academic enrichment experience for Grade 10 students.  Summer Camp participants built friendships and long-lasting relationships through science, debate, sports, drama and field trips, where they gained valuable experience practicing English-language skills and studying collaboratively.

Students received certificates of participation at the closing ceremony, which was emceed by students and featured unique songs, a dance performance and an intercultural chant.

UCA selected the gifted cohort of Central Asian students through a competitive regional admissions process that fielded nearly 600 applications.

This year’s program also brought together the diverse team of faculty who will pioneer the UCA preparatory year in the School of Arts and Sciences.  

UCA is building three residential university campuses of equal size and stature in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan; Khorog, Tajikistan; and Tekeli, Kazakhstan. In September 2016, UCA will enroll its first undergraduate class at the Naryn campus, offering integrative undergraduate degree programs in Communications and Media and Computer Science.  The campus in Khorog, Tajikistan opening in 2017 will offer Economics and Earth and Environmental Sciences.  The third campus in Tekeli, Kazakhstan is anticipated in 2019 and will offer Engineering Sciences and Business and Management.