A new garden will bloom in 2018 at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden. His Highness the Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), has made a contribution of $25 million for the Aga Khan Garden in Alberta. The gift arises from the long-standing relationship between the University of Alberta and His Highness the Aga Khan. Thomas Woltz, of award-winning Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, was asked by His Highness the Aga Khan to study other Mughal Islamic gardens while developing a design that also incorporates the plants and topography of Northern Alberta. (...) The Aga Khan Garden is the first garden in Western Canada, the second in North America, and the 11th in the world to be supported by His Highness.
The administrative center of the University of Central Asia (UCA)’s campus is scheduled to open in September 2017. The building will house a library, classrooms, a computer lab, student common spaces, dining hall, administrative offices and faculty reception, offices and residences. UCA was established to offer an internationally recognized standard of higher education in Central Asia and prepare graduates to contribute leadership, ideas, and innovation to the economies and communities of the region.
The Ugandan government has hailed efforts initiated by Aga Khan and Makerere universities to improve the lives of women and children in the East African region to achieve the sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). In a meeting of health experts held at the Serena Hotel in Kampala, to seek ways of improving lives of mothers and children, the health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng commended both Aga Khan and Makerere universities for organizing the symposium. The founding Director of the Aga Khan University’s Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health (CoE WCH) Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta, underscored the importance of developing indicators that would help track progress in achieving the SDGs.
North America’s largest Islamic-inspired garden is to be built in Alberta, a $25 million gift from the Aga Khan that is expected to attract up to 160,000 visitors a year. Spanning almost 12 acres, the Mughal garden, which was officially unveiled on April 7th, will become the centrepiece of the sprawling 240-acre University of Alberta Botanic Garden, located about 15 minutes southwest of the city. Early stages of construction began in the summer of 2016 and the new garden is scheduled to open in July 2018.
Pamir Energy Company is one of the international finalists for the prestigious Ashden Award. The 2017 Ashden Award judges have reportedly narrowed down the finalists for this year’s Awards to 22 impressive organizations, covering what they consider to be the best in sustainable energy around the world. Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on June 15th. They will receive a financial award of up to £20,000, along with tailored support and other help to promote their work.