Location in Kazakhstan
|Coordinates: 44°49′48″N 78°49′26″E / 44.83000°N 78.82389°ECoordinates: 44°49′48″N 78°49′26″E / 44.83000°N 78.82389°E|
|• Total||40 sq mi (100 km2)|
|Time zone||ALMT (UTC+6)|
Determination and further development of Tekeli started in the 1920s when Dzhungar Survey Expedition revealed rich mineral deposits near the future town location.
In 1927 there began a more structured search for deposits of minerals in Dzungarian Alatau Mountains. The year of 1933 was prominent for discovering a deposit of polimetals such as lead, zinc, silver, cadmium and germanium. In 1939 construction of the Tekeli Lead-Zinc Factory was started. Concurrently development of a settlement was started for the miners which would become the future town of Tekeli. It was incorporated on January 29, 1952 by the decree of Kazakh Soviet Republic Presidium.
Tekeli has been subject to conflicts between the government and Krishna believers in recent years.
Tekeli will host one of the three campuses of the University of Central Asia (UCA) founded in 2000 by the governments of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan. It is the world’s first internationally chartered institution of higher education. UCA currently operates a School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) in Tekeli which is a leading provider of post-secondary, short-cycle education as well as an academic publisher in the region. The Tekeli campus will offer Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Engineering Sciences and Business and Management and is anticipated to open in 2019.
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- "About the University of Central Asia (UCA) - University of Central Asia". www.ucentralasia.org. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
- "The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) - University of Central Asia". www.ucentralasia.org. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
- "Undergraduate Programme - University of Central Asia". www.ucentralasia.org. Retrieved 2016-10-10.