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Global Stem Festival: Real life solutions for real life problems
Global Stem Festival: Real life solutions for real life problems
26 July 2021

The Global STEM Festival 2021 is an opportunity for youth aged 5-18 to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), by creating and showcasing projects to the global Jamat — virtually.

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Students enjoying the outdoor landscaping at the UCA Khorog Campus.
Students enjoying the outdoor landscaping at the UCA Khorog Campus.
University of Central Asia to celebrate first graduating class during virtual ceremony
University of Central Asia to celebrate first graduating class during virtual ceremony
15 June 2021

Mawlana Hazar Imam will deliver a virtual address at the University of Central Asia’s first-ever convocation on 19 June. The ceremony will honour the first class of undergraduate students at the School of Arts and Sciences and will be livestreamed from the University campuses in Khorog, Tajikistan and Naryn, Kyrgyzstan.

Mawlana Hazar Imam accepts a newly granted charter for Aga Khan University in Kenya via a video message during a special ceremony held in Nairobi on 11 June 2021.
Mawlana Hazar Imam accepts a newly granted charter for Aga Khan University in Kenya via a video message during a special ceremony held in Nairobi on 11 June 2021.
Mawlana Hazar Imam accepts newly granted Charter for AKU in Kenya
Mawlana Hazar Imam accepts newly granted Charter for AKU in Kenya
11 June 2021

President Uhuru Kenyatta presented the Aga Khan University with a newly granted charter at a special ceremony held in Nairobi yesterday. The event also included the inauguration of AKU’s University Centre, and featured an address by Mawlana Hazar Imam.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and members of his family pose for a group photograph on the occasion of the Aga Khan University’s first ever global convocation, hosted on 22 May 2021.
Mawlana Hazar Imam and members of his family pose for a group photograph on the occasion of the Aga Khan University’s first ever global convocation, hosted on 22 May 2021.
Mawlana Hazar Imam congratulates AKU graduands for embarking on a path of service
Mawlana Hazar Imam congratulates AKU graduands for embarking on a path of service
21 May 2021

Graduation ceremonies often signify moments of avid hope and possibility. The Aga Khan University’s first ever global convocation was no different, as hundreds of graduands — all dressed in green convocation robes — celebrated with faculty, trustees, and guests, while a worldwide audience participated in the virtual festivities.

Maaza Mengiste delivered the 2021 Annual Pluralism Lecture from New York’s Centre for Fiction.
Maaza Mengiste delivered the 2021 Annual Pluralism Lecture from New York’s Centre for Fiction.
Maaza Mengiste delivers 8th Annual Pluralism Lecture
Maaza Mengiste delivers 8th Annual Pluralism Lecture
19 May 2021

Ethiopian-American novelist Maaza Mengiste delivered the Global Centre for Pluralism’s eighth Annual Pluralism Lecture today, 19 May, following opening remarks by Princess Zahra. The lecture, entitled “The Moment of Encounter: History, Disruptions, and Transformations” was held virtually, in partnership with the University of British Columbia.

For decades, the Aga Khan University has educated students for local and global leadership.
For decades, the Aga Khan University has educated students for local and global leadership.
Mawlana Hazar Imam to address first AKU Global Convocation
Mawlana Hazar Imam to address first AKU Global Convocation
14 May 2021

In his capacity as Chancellor of the Aga Khan University, Mawlana Hazar Imam will deliver an address at the University’s first ever global convocation on 22 May 2021. The special virtual ceremony will bring together AKU’s graduating classes in Kenya, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uganda, and the UK, for a unique celebration of knowledge and learning.

Annual Pluralism Lecture to be held virtually on 19 May
Annual Pluralism Lecture to be held virtually on 19 May
12 May 2021

This year’s Annual Pluralism Lecture, presented by the Global Centre for Pluralism in partnership with the University of British Columbia, will be livestreamed on 19 May, and will feature opening remarks by Princess Zahra.

In India, with support from Jamati institutions, oxygen cylinders are being recycled and have provided almost two million litres of oxygen in areas where availability is scarce.
In India, with support from Jamati institutions, oxygen cylinders are being recycled and have provided almost two million litres of oxygen in areas where availability is scarce.
Jamati and AKDN institutions continue to prioritize Covid-19 response in India and around the world
Jamati and AKDN institutions continue to prioritize Covid-19 response in India and around the world
4 May 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic remains a serious public health concern across the globe. International attention is currently focused on the alarming situation in India, as many other countries around the world confront and prepare for second and third waves of infection.

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CONNECT virtual camp continues to unite youth from around the world
CONNECT virtual camp continues to unite youth from around the world
14 April 2021

Covid-19 has changed much of what we do and how we do it; from shaking hands and hugging our friends, to the very way we learn and work with our peers and colleagues. At the same time, Covid-19 has given rise to CONNECT, an initiative of Global Encounters and Aga Khan Youth and Sports Boards from around the world. Taking the form of a virtual camp, CONNECT is a way for Ismaili students to build bonds no matter where they may come from. CONNECT will be returning this summer from 19-25 July and 2-8 August.

The Ismaili Magazine 2020: A Year of Extraordinary Service
The Ismaili Magazine 2020: A Year of Extraordinary Service
31 December 2020

Welcome to The Ismaili Magazine 2020: A Year of Extraordinary Service. This digital magazine provides a whistle-stop tour across continents, highlighting the various programmes, initiatives, and events organised by AKDN and Jamati institutions around the world over the past 12 months.

The Crown Room at the Aga Khan Centre, illuminated at night. The Aga Khan Centre in London, inaugurated by Mawlana Hazar Imam in 2018, is the permanent home of The Institute of Ismaili Studies.
The Crown Room at the Aga Khan Centre, illuminated at night. The Aga Khan Centre in London, inaugurated by Mawlana Hazar Imam in 2018, is the permanent home of The Institute of Ismaili Studies.
Mawlana Hazar Imam appoints new IIS Board of Governors
Mawlana Hazar Imam appoints new IIS Board of Governors
8 December 2020

On 13 December 2020, the Board of Governors of The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) will pass on the reins to new members, after overseeing a ground-breaking period of development for the Institute.

Global Encounters CONNECT participants from all over the world form a heart shape together to pose for a virtual group photo.
Global Encounters CONNECT participants from all over the world form a heart shape together to pose for a virtual group photo.
Global Encounters virtual camp to be held in December after successful first session
Global Encounters virtual camp to be held in December after successful first session
22 October 2020

CONNECT, a virtual camp that was brought directly to the homes of 1,075 participants during a 10-day period this July, was an effort to bring the global youth together through creativity and exploration. Due to its success, registration is now open for a second session to be held this December.

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