Dear students, faculty and staff of the International University of Central Asia,
We are addressing you at this difficult time, not just for us but also for the country as a whole. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the lives of 1,474 people. This is a great loss for all of us; it is pain and sorrow for every Kyrgyz citizen. In this difficult time, not only the consolidation of all of our efforts, but also the personal responsibility of each person for the preservation of his or her life and health is more important than ever.
We begin the academic year according to our academic calendar on August 24th. As usual, at the beginning of a new school year, we run an orientation week for our freshmen. Everything is as usual, everything is according to our academic calendar, everything is done together with our IUCA family, except for one thing – we will be ONLINE.
We have decided that, for the sake of everyone’s safety, it would be wise to open the fall semester online. The schedule of online classes has been settled, and you will all be notified about it in the usual way – through the newsletter. Syllabuses and materials for FALL semester have been displayed on internal local disks of the university and Google disks of programs.
The orientation week for freshmen will also take place online, but we are planning one-hour offline meetings of freshmen students with the administration and heads of IUCA departments.
The university has a strict access control. Entrance to the university premises is possible only by prior agreement with the administration and subject to strict observance of all sanitary and hygienic standards in force during the pandemic: a mask regime, wearing gloves, treating hands with an antiseptic and observing social distance are required in university buildings. If necessary, the university administration reserves the right to demand the results of enzymoimmunoassay tests from employees and students. People, who do not comply with sanitary and hygienic requirements, people with an elevated body temperature, as well as those who are currently in self-isolation, are ill or have suffered from COVID-19 are not allowed on the university territory (in this case, this person is obliged to provide the results of their blood tests).
If you need psychological support or medical assistance, you can contact our in-house psychologist, medical specialist or any other university employee.
The IUCA and JStor library resources are at your disposal. If you need a hard copy of the textbook, please let us know, we will arrange for its delivery. For these questions, you can contact both your academic advisors and heads of the programs, or the head of the library directly.
If you need computers, please contact your Academic Advisor and Head of Department. We cannot cover the needs of all students, therefore we offer students from regions who need a computer to come to the IUCA guest house and continue their studies online in Tokmok. For students residing in Tokmok, we suggest using the resources of both campuses of the university, this is a subject to the unconditional and full fulfillment of the above conditions and requirements of staying at IUCA during the epidemic.
This school year begins with a difficult start for all of us. But it will be especially difficult for our freshmen. Please, let us all together support them and surround them with care and attention, help to join our large and friendly family and feel this unique and incomparable spirit of IUCA. Online mode for us is difficult, but it is also a time of change, a time of experimentation, research, extraordinary solutions and rational steps. We will overcome all difficulties and may this time change us and our university only for the best!
Take care of yourself and be healthy,
IUCA President John Clark
IUCA Provost Sharshekeeva K.D.
IUCA Vice-President Kalchakeeva A.M.