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  • Aga Khan University President Firoz Rasul and University of Alberta President Indira Samarasekera sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two universities in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan and Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach.
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AKU and University of Alberta expand partnership; Aga Khan receives Honorary Degree and will be granted Honorary Canadian Citizenship

Edmonton, Canada, 9 June 2009 - Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding to advance respective goals to increase global engagement and to promote equitable human advancement and social justice throughout the world. The agreement was signed at Government House by University of Alberta President Indira Samarasekera and Aga Khan University President Firoz Rasul in the presence of Alberta Premier Ed Stelmachand His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network. His Highness the Aga Khan received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta in recognition of his efforts to improve the lives of millions of the world's poorest people and build a global culture of tolerance. On the same day, Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared in the House of Commons  that Canada will grant honorary citizenship to His Highness the Aga Khan.