Jim Gray, the legendary Calgary oilman and philanthropist, has been involved with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) for more than a decade. He raised millions to kick-start an AKDN teacher training institute in East Africa. Gray has since visited AKDN projects in Pakistan and Africa, and this month completed his fifth such trip to see AKDN projects in India and Central Asia, including Khorog and the University of Central Asia. The University of Central Asia is being built with campuses in the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan. It is a bold initiative to educate people in remote parts of Central Asia. Guided by ethical principles, the Aga Khan Development Network quietly pursues its principles without regard to faith, origin or gender. The University of Central Asia, among other AKDN initiatives, aims to make a difference across all frontiers. Read the full article from the Calgary Herald here.

By Robert Remington