Photo Gallery – Historic first for Aga Khan, UBC and SFU

The University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University today awarded honorary doctorate of laws degrees to His Highness the Aga Khan in a joint conferral ceremony —a first for both universities.

The honorary degrees, conferred together at a ceremony in Vancouver, are in recognition of the Aga Khan’s lifelong service to humanity, and the intersections of his work at UBC and SFU.
“We applaud His Highness the Aga Khan’s outstanding humanitarian contributions,” said UBC President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Santa J. Ono.
“In his capacity as spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslim community, his commitment to helping fight poverty and improve health and education for millions of people in underdeveloped and war-torn parts of the world is truly remarkable, and serves as an inspiration to us all.
“His Highness has demonstrated an exemplary international commitment to address the needs of others,” said SFU President and Vice-Chancellor Andrew Petter.
“He has in this context supported programs at both of our universities, and we are grateful for his generosity in promoting positive change in the lives of young people and in advancing the well-being of the communities we serve.”
The Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims around the world.
The event was attended by a host of dignitaries, including senators, MPs. local politicians and BC premier John Horgan.
Here is a photo gallery of the event:
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BC’s Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin accompanying His Highness the Aga Khan into the joint UBC/SFU honorary degree conferral ceremony in his honour. The Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the World’s 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims and a direct descendent of Prophet Muhammad.
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SFU President and Vice Chancellor Andrew Petter (Far Left), SFU Chancellor Anne Giardini and UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Santa Ono (far right) honour His Highness the Aga Khan for his humanitarian work at an unprecedented joint ceremony between the two universities. Both SFU and UBC conferred on the Aga Khan their highest academic honour, the honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
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UBC’s President and Vice Chancellor Santa Ono addresses His Highness at the joint reception, “when we talk about honorary degrees we often talk about honouring the recipient, but today it’s absolutely true, that you honour us, you inspire us, and we will take that challenge and work together and work with you to make the world a better place.”
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BC Premier John Horgan looks on as SFU’s President Andrew Petter places the ceremonial robe on His Highness. The advancement of education by the AKDN aligns with the strategic vision of SFU to be the leading engaged university defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement.
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His Highness at the Degree Registration Lectern sharing a laugh with UBC leadership. In Islam, once knowledge is acquired, it must be applied to serve humanity and in particular those less fortunate. Similarly, UBC’s purpose is pursuing excellence in research, learning and engagement to foster global citizenship and advance a sustainable and just society across British Columbia, Canada and the world.
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(From far left) Aga Khan University President Firoz Rasul, SFU President and Vice Chancellor Andrew Petter, His Highness the Aga Khan, UBC President and Vice Chancellor Santa Ono and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Central Asia, Shams Kassim-Lakha. The AKDN has developed collaborative and often innovative partnerships with public and private institutions from around the world, including governments, international multilateral organizations, private sector companies, universities, foundations and other civil society organizations.
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SFU’s President Andrew Petter congratulates His Highness the Aga Khan on improving quality of life of the world’s most the marginalized.
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His Highness holding his newly conferred degree from UBC. UBC and AKU have enjoyed a long standing partnership for decades. In 1996, the two institutions established a joint program to promote academic exchanges and research in the field of respiratory medicine.
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A collaborative musical and performing arts ensemble from UBC and SFU. Like the Muslim world as a whole, the Ismaili community represents a rich diversity of cultures, languages, and nationalities.

 

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