Prince Aly Muhammad visits the Naryn Campus of the University of Central Asia

Date: 19 November 2018
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Earlier this month, Prince Aly Muhammad completed a five-day, private visit to the Kyrgyz Republic, during which he visited the Naryn campus of the University of Central Asia. Prince Aly Muhammad spent time with students in Naryn to understand more about their backgrounds and aspirations. “I was deeply inspired by the students and faculty I had the opportunity to meet during this trip. Getting to know so many talented students and learning more about the UCA’s mission has been exciting and deeply rewarding,” explained Prince Aly.


Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan together with faculty, staff and students at the Naryn Campus of the University of Central Asia.
As part of his ongoing work this year, Prince Aly Muhammad also plans to build on his first film, Close to Home.  “I was touched by the enthusiastic response to my first project, including at the World Partnership Walk in Toronto and the Jubilee Arts International Film Festival in Lisbon,” he said. “I plan to continue adding to the Close to Home series, in the hope that these films will help shed light on issues that I believe are important to young people today.”


Prince Aly Muhammad interviews Alyna Rahim, a computer science major in her third year at UCA, on her educational experiences.
Prince Aly Muhammad’s first film focused on the lives of communities facing natural disasters in northern Pakistan, following his visit to Gilgit-Baltistan in October 2017. In June this year, Prince Aly Muhammad attended the World Partnership Walk in Toronto, Canada, which has raised in excess of CAD$6 million.

The first Close to Home film is available at closetohomefilm.com. Stay tuned for updates by following @closetohomefilm on Instagram and Twitter.


Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan visits a local chicken farm owned by Mr. Kalyikul Ysyraliev. As a graduate of UCA's Entrepreneurship Programme, Mr Ysraliev built his first greenhouse in 2013 with the support of a loan from the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank and UCA, and has been supplying chickens, eggs as well as vegetables and roses to the local community for the past five years.
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