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  • President Nazarbayev and His Highness the Aga Khan congratulate each other and exchange signed copies of the International Treaty.
    AKDN / Gary Otte
World's first mountain university founded along the Silk Route

Astana, Kazakhstan, 31 August 2000 - Signature of the treaty founding the University of Central Asia, the world's first university dedicated exclusively to education and research on mountain regions and societies. Announcing a total endowment of US$15million for the University at its inception, the Aga Khan stated that US$5million of this sum would be allocated for the University's programmes in Kazakhstan.