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  • His Highness the Aga Khan speaks to the media and shares his views on progress of the Naryn campus, the first of the University of Central Asia's three new undergraduate campuses. Two other campuses are being built in Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.
    AKDN / Mikhail Romanyuk
His Highness the Aga Khan's visit to the Kyrgyz Republic

Kyrgyz Republic, 3 November 2014 - His Highness the Aga Khan is on a four-day visit to the Kyrgyz Republic to review AKDN activities in the country.

AKDN has been engaged in the Kyrgyz Republic since 2000 operating the Aga Khan School in Osh, the Aga Khan Music Initiative, the First Microcredit Company, the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB), Jubilee Insurance Kygyzstan and the Aga Khan Foundation working in Osh and Naryn in the fields of rural development, early childhood development, health, education and disaster reduction. The Aga Khan is also the Chancellor of the University of Central Asia (UCA), which was founded by him and the Presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. During this visit, His Highness travelled to Naryn, where he reviewed progress on the construction of UCA’s main campus and briefed provincial and local leaders on developments, including the opening of the Naryn campus which will admit its first undergraduate students in September 2016.

He is also reviewing developments of AKDN’s activities with the country’s senior leadership including His Excellency Almazbek Atambayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Speaker of Parliament Asylbek Jeenbekov, Prime Minister Joomart Otorbayev, Minister for Foreign Affairs Erlan Abdyldaev and Minister of Education Kanat Sadykov.