UCA / UBC partnership signed by respective Presidents

The journey begins!

UCA representatives visited UBC Tuesday Jan 10th, and agreements were signed by UBC’s President, Dr. S. Ono and UCA’s Chairman of the Board, Dr. S. Kassim-Lakha.

UCA attendees at the signing included:

  • Shamsh Kassim Lakha, Chairman of the Board UCA
  • Diana Pauna, Dean of Arts and Sciences UCA
  • Ariff Kachra, Founding Dean of Arts and Sciences UCA
  • Farzana Karim Haji, Director of Partnerships Aga Khan University
  • Nasir Pirani, Director of Advancement and Public Affairs UCA

UBC attendees included:

  • Santa J. Ono, President
  • Marwan Hassan, Head of Geography Dept
  • Roger Beckie, Head of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Dept
  • Loch Brown, Instructor Department of Geography
  • Francis Jones, Science Teaching and Learning Fellow, EOAS Dept
  • Adel El Zaim, Executive Director International
  • Bob Korzeniowski, International Relations Officer

EES course development begins!

After a year of discussion, negotiation, budgeting and contract development, UBC’s departments of EOAS and Geography are embarking upon a partnership with the University of Central Asia (UCA) to develop, produce and transfer the 22 courses making up UCA’s new undergraduate B.Sc. program in Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES).

Initial project information is provided on several new pages. See the main menu under “Project Details”.

Why are we in EOAS and Geography so thrilled to be embarking on this journey? See our “why we’re excited” page for some thoughts on benefits to individuals, departments, UBC and our partners.

We hope you can become equally keen. There are some constraints on who and when contributions can be made. UCA already has students who will take these courses registered in the first of their 5-year degree program. Our courses start in September 2018 and 2019. The journey begins now, and we will be contacting individuals regarding specific courses. Do please let us know if you have questions, concerns or comments. Hopefully this blog will serve as a means of updating progress. We’ll try to keep it up to date!