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  • His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan signed the International Treaty establishing the new University of Central Asia in a ceremony in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
    AKDN / Gary Otte
Central asian states and Aga Khan sign treaty to launch regional university

Dushanbe, Tajikstan 28 August 2000-- Twenty five million people who depend for their lives and livelihoods, on the earth's highest mountain ranges, will benefit from the world's first university dedicated exclusively to education and research on mountain regions and societies.

The University of Central Asia is being established by an international treaty being signed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan today and in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic on Wednesday. At the Dushanbe ceremony, the Aga Khan announced an initial endowment of US$5 million allocated for the University's programmes in Tajikistan.