English Access at IUCA
The 2013-2015 English Access Scholarship Program started its work on October 30, 2013 at IUCA, with the support of the US Embassy. The English Access Program is a new opportunity for Kyrgyzstan’s teenagers to study English and American culture in depth. This program emphasizes development of communication skills and intercultural understanding. Young people will attend additional free language courses in Tokmok. The program is implemented by the US State Department which gives it financial support. Participants selected on a competitive basis will attend classes four times a week for a year and a half. Schoolchildren will be provided all the necessary educational materials, including textbooks without cost, and during the summer holidays, recreation in health camps will be organized for the participants.
Students will be awarded certificates by the U.S. Embassy upon completion of the course.
A video conference on Intercultural communication in the educational system in the framework of the Eurasia Project was conducted at IUCA on November 11. Students and teachers from our University and NLA University College (Bergen, Norway) took part in it. The topics included:
Why are the issues of intercultural communication of interest today in European and Central Asian countries?
What are the problems faced by teachers and students in a multicultural society?
Which steps does the government take to create a favorable climate for the development of children in a multicultural society?
What do teachers do for the comfort of children in a multicultural community?
Students and instructors of the Pedagogy Program participated. The IUCA students conducted an interesting mini-study, which revealed the level of intercultural competence in preschool children (the study was conducted at of pre-schools in Tokmok and Bishkek). The results of the study were presented at the video conference.
The discussions that took place after the presentations at the video conference showed that all the participants were interested in the exchange of experiences between the two countries (Norway and Kyrgyzstan), starting with the presentation of educational systems in the two countries and ending with the description of specific situations faced by students and teachers in both countries.
The video-conference itself is an example of cross-cultural communication: the participants from both Norway and Kyrgyzstan, students of different nations, were eager communicators. The active discussions during the video conference are evidence of the overwhelming desire to understand each other, desire to share their experience and their desire to find common ground.
IUCA is a land of choice
From the 25th to the 29th of November, the International University of Central Asia (IUCA) conducted a Festival of Education called ‘IUCA is a land of choice’. The following events were held within the framework of the Festival:
- Competitions for eleventh-graders: Point of View and Intellectual Ring;
- Meeting of the University Administration with parents of potential IUCA students and freshmen;
- Meeting of the University Administration with the representatives of businesses in Tokmok;
- Meeting of the University Administration with the Principals of Tokmok schools;
- Master classes: Learning to argue, Learning to reflect and Learning to communicate in English.
Intellectual ring competition
IUCA wants to identify and support talented children, create favorable conditions for young people to acquire quality education and promote their intellectual and aesthetic development. The International University of Central Asia is certain that this will help the formation of a favorable social climate in Tokmok.
The major goals of the competitions and master classes were to expose and develop Tokmok schoolchildren’s creative abilities and interest in learning, to create conditions for intellectual development, to help them choose a career and to give them motivation to continue theireducation.
IUCA is a land of choice Festival of Education was supported by the Embassy of the United States in the Kyrgyz Republic, the Embassy of Russia in the Kyrgyz Republic (Rossotrudnichestvo) as well as by the Embassy of China in the Kyrgyz Republic. Schoolchildren, who get the highest number of points, were awarded certificates and prizes. They also will have a chance to enter IUCA without entrance examinations.
We are sure that conducting the Festival of Education “IUCA is a land of choice” will help young people choose their future profession, which, in the long run, will play a positive role in the development of youth in Tokmok and as a whole, in our country.
IUCA is 5 years old
We celebrated a holiday on November 6, 2013 which is not marked on any calendar. The International University of Central Asia is 5 years old!
Today, the International University of Central Asia is a modern and rapidly developing university. In just 5 years of its existence, IUCA has taken a worthy place in the educational system of the Kyrgyz Republic. The main products of the University are highly qualified professionals. The University Administration and staff can be proud of the work that has been done and look ahead with pride.
The celebration of the fifth anniversary began with a song that is a translation from Russian, "It's great that all of us are here today!" Then, Mr. Yang, President of the Yraiym Foundation gave a congratulatory speech to the IUCA faculty and students. Mr. Yang said that the University administration cares about the students and appreciates the teachers’ work. He wished success to the IUCA staff and success to students in their studies.
The International University of Central Asia is developing and moving forward thanks to its leadership, which seeks to rally the team and to create the conditions for creative work. During the speeches, the IUCA Administration noted that students receiving education at our university, go towards their aim and their academic success is a proof of it. On of the basis of their performance during the previous academic year, students were awarded Dean's List certificates for their academic success.
Not only students and teachers, but also the non-academic employees of IUCA were noted at the celebration, for they have put so much effort in the development of IUCA!
We would like to congratulate the faculty, students and all the employees of the University once again and wish you all good health, success in your work, new creative ideas and we hope they will come true!
IUCA is a ship sailing on the sea of knowledge, and it is led by experienced sailors - teachers who are making great contributions to the development and prosperity of our beloved university. The future may hold new tests, storms, calms, but our ship is steadily moving forward!
IUCA students and teachers in Almaty
A big Internet Forum took place at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan on November 8-9, 2013. Instructors and students from the IUCA Information Technology Program took part in it. The Forum program was intense and interesting. Discussion panels, lectures and master classes illuminating current issues of the IT industry were held.
Large IT companies presented their latest developments in software and Internet technologies. There was an exhibition of leaders’ achievements in IT industry of Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The students had the opportunity to talk to the organizers and other participants at the forum in an informal setting and understand better the main trends of the Internet industry.
The presentations of Andrei Kalinin, Head of Mail.Ru search (Russia), Andrei Andreev, Expert on Microsoft technology development (Kazakhstan), Denis Donchenko, Business Development Manager of 1C-Bitrix Ltd. (Russia) and Olesya Miroshnichenko, Executive director of the Unique Technologies Company (Kyrgyzstan) were especially memorable.
The Forum’s organization was on a high professional level and received informational support from information partners in Kazakhstan and neighboring countries.
IUCA in Jashtar Camp
It was the 9th of November - a Saturday. The weather was not the best, but after having come to the library in Kant, we forgot about the cold. Schoolchildren from all the schools in the Chui region and from three Kyrgyz universities: AUCA, Ata-Turk, and of course, we, from IUCA, were invited to the Jashtar Camp Youth Forum which was organized by Soros.kg.
After the official welcoming speech, we visited some sections where young people told how they had achieved success in different areas of life at such young ages. They motivated us to be active ourselves. Lunch was organized in the afternoon, during which a raffle was held. Our students got lucky and were prize-winners. At lunchtime, young performers sang, danced and showed a small flash mob. After this, work was continued in sections, where we learned a lot of interesting things.
Indeed, I will not say anything original if I say that the event was entertaining. We got a positive charge, won prizes and learned a lot of useful things. We would like to thank the organizers of this event.
Education Committee of IUCA Senate