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Aga Khan arrives in Kyrgyzstan to open new varsity campus

BISHKEK: Prince Karim Aga Khan arrived in Kyrgyzstan on Monday evening, ahead of the inauguration of the University of Central Asia’s Naryn campus. He was accompanied by Prince Aly Muhammad. 

Elvira Sarieva, Minister of Science and Education, received the Aga Khan on behalf of the Kyrgyz government. Aga Khan Development Network Resident Representative for Kyrgyzstan Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, who is also the Executive Chairman of the UCA Board Executive Committee, and Dr Mahmoud Eboo, Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum, welcomed the Imam of the Ismailis. In a gesture of traditional hospitality,

Prince Aga Khan was presented with an offering of naan (bread) by two students from the Aga Khan School in Osh. As Chancellor of the University of Central Asia, the Aga Khan will preside over the inauguration of the first of its three residential campuses in Naryn on Wednesday. Founded in 2000 by an international treaty between the Aga Khan and the Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan, the UCA is a secular and private university dedicated to the socio-economic development of Central Asia, and particularly its mountain societies.

The Naryn campus welcomed its first class of 71 undergraduate students in September. They come from Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. UCA residential campuses in Khorog, Tajikistan and Tekeli, Kazakhstan are anticipated to open in 2017 and 2019 respectively.–Published in

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