Gilgit Baltistan owes the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) a huge debt for restoring the original heritage and for showing that nothing is impossible. The Serena Hotel chain has taken over the historic Shigar Fort (locally known as Fong-Khar) and Khaplu Palace (or Yabgo Khar), preserved them in their splendour and added to them modern day touches.
On September 12th, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and the University of Central Asia (UCA), signed an agreement in Australia to strengthen the relationship between the Institutions and encourage cooperation in the field of Communications and Media. The areas of collaboration between the two institutions are curriculum development, exchange of faculty and students, sharing of teaching resources and strategies, joint conferences, seminars, and exhibitions.
From September 16th, the Aga Khan Museum will present a concert with Moe Clark and Katia Makdisi-Warren. Singer Moe clark explains that the show is entitled Incantations and aims to plunge the audience into a "trance" favoring the joy, peace and rapprochement of individuals and peoples. Amirali Alibhai, head of the performing arts at the Aga Khan Museum, said this season, local and international talents collaborate in transcending genres, cultures, nationalities and the media.
In April 2016, the Aga Khan University Karachi (Pakistan) (AKUH) acquired a neurorobotics exoscope and neuronavigation system that provides advanced imaging facilities that enables surgeons to see deeper into the brain. The detailed 3D images distinguish that help a surgeon decide the safest approach to reach the area affected by the tumor. Since the exoscope’s installation at AKUH, over 250 operations have been performed with enhanced precision of treatment resulting in a quicker recovery time for patients.
On September 8th, the Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development (IED) marked the International Literacy Day under the theme ‘Literacy in a digital world’. In marking the day this year, IED conducted panel discussions with its faculty members discussing literacy in Tanzania, with a focus on the current state of literacy in the country as well as the institution’s efforts and involvement in improving literacy rates in Tanzania to encompass solutions and idea generation.