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Secretary Of State Kerry Speaks At Bard College's Asia Partner

Secretary of State John Kerry speaking at the American University of Central Asia.
Secretary of State John Kerry speaking at the American University of Central Asia. Photo Credit: Bard College Facebook

ANNADALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - Secretary of State John Kerry spoke Saturday at Bard College's partner in Asia, the American University of Central Asia (AUCA), at the dedication of the university's new green campus.

AUCA is the region’s only university offering U.S. and Kyrgyz accredited degrees in liberal arts, through its partnership with Bard. Kerry praised the university as a “flagship institution that is transforming educational opportunities for students and for teachers all across the region.”

As part of construction of the new campus, Bard received a $850,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), for the construction of AUCA’s first residence building.

This first residence is one of three that AUCA plans to build that will eventually accommodate 72 students and 18 faculty on the new green campus. The goal is to attract and accommodate regional and international students and faculty while advancing the spirit of community living and learning.

“This new campus in many ways is the embodiment of AUCA. New York–based architect Henry Myerberg has designed a facility that creatively weaves together teaching and communal spaces to facilitate the open exchange of ideas and promote student-centered learning. AUCA is the leading liberal arts and sciences institution in the region, and it now has a facility that meets its academic aspirations,” said Jonathan Becker, Bard’s vice president for academic affairs and a member of AUCA’s board of trustees, at the dedication of the new building.

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