Founded in 1993, AUCA educates future leaders for democratic change in Central Asia. The American University of Central Asia is an international, multidisciplinary community in the best traditions of American liberal arts education. The university curriculum includes a preparatory program (New Generation Academy), 14 programs for bachelors and 9 programs for students who wish to obtain a master's degree. In addition to first-class study programs, AUCA is committed to freedom of expression, critical thinking, and academic integrity. AUCA is the first university in Central Asia to issue US accredited liberal arts degrees through a partnership with Bard College in the United States of America. Along with Bard College, AUCA also works with many other universities and organizations around the world.