On Tuesday February 25, the University of Central Asia (UCA) and the University of Cambridge signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote academic partnership, and collaborate in areas such as joint research, faculty and student exchange, as well as sharing of academic and educational material. The signing ceremony, at Cambridge’s Old Schools Building, was attended by Princess Zahra Aga Khan, members of UCA’s Board of Trustees, the Rector and Deans of UCA, and senior representatives from Cambridge. “His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of UCA, has often reminded us that there are two measures of success of any university; the careers of its graduates and the quality of research, which is carried out in the universities, and then used for the benefit of the communities it serves,” added Dr. Kassim-Lakha.
The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat and the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will facilitate the 6th International Conference "Debris Flow: Disasters, Risk, Forecast and Protection." The conference, which will take place in Tajikistan from 21-27 September, will enable national and international scientists and practitioners to share their best expertise and knowledge on ways of studying, assessing and preventing the natural hazards that are causing such a severe impact on the social and economic well-being of people around the globe.
On 8 February, Professor Francis Omaswa presided over the Convocation of the Aga Khan University in Uganda. During the ceremony, he said: "I am aware of the outstanding reputation of the Aga Khan University here in Uganda. The establishment of a new Aga Khan University Hospital in Kampala is a most welcome development. It should help to raise the standard of care, to educate health care leaders, and to generate knowledge that is needed to address some of Uganda’s critical health challenges. I want to thank His Highness the Aga Khan for his commitment to improving the quality of life in East Africa."
The groundwater table at the historic Sunder Nursery in New Dehli has shown a significant rise in the two years since it was opened for the public by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), after a decade of restoration work. Two large underground tanks have been built to store water. "Our water conservation efforts are in keeping with the requirements of the Union ministry of urban and housing affair’s "Jal Shakti Abhiyaan" project," said Ratish Nanda, CEO of AKTC. The project was launched in May 2019 in response to the escalating water crisis in the country.
In Ganj, a village in the Khatlon province of Tajikistan, a community-based savings group supported by AKF through the ESCoMIAD programme boasts 40 members - 35 of them female. Today, they are reportedly in their fourth cycle of activity, having blossomed from a small group of only 17 members. The group has accumulated over $4,000 in savings, with the value of loans increasing significantly over the last year.