Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:27 pm Post subject: Aga Khan visits Tanzania February 2015 AKU Convocation
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Dar es Salaam to mark 15th anniversary of AKU in East Africa
20 February 2015
Dar es Salaam, 20 February 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam is commencing a ten-day visit to East Africa today, marking the 15th anniversary of the Aga Khan University’s presence in the region.
In his capacity as Chancellor of the university, Hazar Imam will preside over convocation ceremonies of the Institute for Educational Development, the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Medical College’s Postgraduate Medical Education programme in Dar es Salaam, Kampala and Nairobi.
Building on the success of its first decade-and-a-half in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, AKU has a bold plan that will guide its East African expansion over the next 15 years. The university aims to develop the skilled women and men that the region needs to carry itself forward in a new era of development.
Campuses, programmes and facilities are being developed in Nairobi, Arusha and Dar es Salaam that will support AKU’s transformation from an institution focused on the health sciences and education into a comprehensive university. This includes an undergraduate liberal arts programme as well as graduate schools that will contribute to the advancement of a range of professions.
Upon his arrival in Dar es Salaam, Hazar Imam was received by Hon Bernard Kamilius Membe MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Hon Dr Shukuru Jumanne Kawambwa MP, Minister of Education and Vocational Training. AKDN Representative Amin Kurji and Jehangir Bhaloo, President of the Ismaili Council for Tanzania also welcomed the Imam.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Waziri Membe ampokea Mtukufu Karim Aga khan
Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa Mhe. Bernard Membe (Mb.) akimpokea Mwanzilishi wa Taasisi ya Maendeleo ya Aga khan Duniani, Mtukufu Karim Aga Khan mara baada ya kuwasili katika Uwanja wa Ndege wa Kimataifa wa Julius Nyerere jijini Dar es Salaam, Mtukufu Aga Khan yupo nchini kwa ziara binafsi ya siku nne, ambapo pia atatumia fursa hiyo kutembelea na kukagua miradi ya maendeleo ya taasisi hiyo hapa nchini.
Mtukufu Aga Khan akisalimiana na Waziri wa Elimu na Mafunzo ya Ufundi Nchini Dkt. Shukuru Kawambwa mara baada ya kuwasili katika Uwanja wa Ndege wa Kimataifa wa Julius Nyerere
Mtukufu Aga Khan akisalimiana na Mkuu wa Kitengo cha Mawasiliano ya Serikali Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa Bi. Mindi Kasiga mara baada ya kupokelewa kwenye Uwanja wa Ndege wa Julius Nyerere jijini Dar es salaam Ijumaa tarehe 20.02.2015
Mtukufu Aga Khan akisalimiana na Afisa Mambo ya Nje Hassan Mwamweta baada ya kuwasili jijini Dar es salaam kwa ziara ya siku nne nchini Tanzania.
Waziri Membe akizungumza jambo na Mtukufu Aga Khan mara baada ya sherehe fupi ya mapokezi baada ya kuwasili nchini.
Picha na Reginald Philip
Posted by JAFE MALIBENEKE at Saturday, February 21, 2015
From Tanzanian President Website, Daily Nation, akdn.org aku.edu and theismaili.org websites
Mawlana Hazar Imam receives the Aga Khan University Charter from President Jakaya Kikwete at the State House on 23 February 2015. This is the first time Tanzania has accorded such recognition to a foreign-based institution of higher learning. AKDN / Zahur Ramji
The Aga Khan University’s New Charter Sets the Stage for Major Expansion in the Region
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 23 February 2015 - His Excellency Dr Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, today granted the Aga Khan University (AKU) its charter under Tanzanian law, marking the first time such recognition has been given to a foreign-based institution of higher learning.
President Kikwete emphasised that the unprecedented decision stemmed from the trust that Tanzania had in AKU’s ability to perform. “It is done so because of the trust and confidence that we have in the Aga Khan University, that the university will contribute to Tanzania’s endeavours to close the human resource gap particularly in the areas of sciences, natural sciences, mathematics and computers,” he said. “ We are proud of that cooperation and I have no doubt in my mind that the Aga Khan University will rise to the expectations of all of us.”
He made the remarks today (Monday) at a brief ceremony at State House during which he presented the Charter to His Highness the Aga Khan, the University’s Chancellor and founder.
The Aga Khan thanked President Kikwete for the confidence placed in the Aga Khan University and stressed that the university will do its best to meet Tanzania’s expectations: “The basic principle of this university is to invest in people,” said the Aga Khan. “When we looked at the areas of education that we could become involved in, we found in Asia and Africa that there had been significant underinvestment in people, in education and in healthcare, and we decided this should be the beginning of our academic activity.”
Tanzania becomes the first member of the East African Community to grant AKU far reaching rights under a formal charter written into national laws. The move marks an important step forward in the university’s expansion in East Africa.
The Aga Khan University’s, which spans three countries in East Africa alone, has announced plans to invest over $1.1 billion in the region over the next 15 years – the largest investment in higher education in the history of the region. The ambitious plan envisages the establishment of a Faculty of Arts and Sciences, a number of graduate schools including Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, and Architecture and Human Settlements in Arusha. A new campus for AKU’s Institute for Educational Development will be constructed in Dar es Salaam, along with the establishment of an executive, professional and continuing education school.
The Aga Khan is in East Africa to preside over the University’s convocations in Dar es Salaam, Kampala and Nairobi. This year’s graduations coincide with the 15th anniversary of AKU’s presence in Africa. The first of the three convocations will take place in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday (February 24th).
President Jakaya Kikwete with the Aga Khan at State House in Dar es Salaam on February 23, 2015. PHOTO | EMMNAUEL HERMAN | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Monday, February 23, 2015
Tanzania gives charter for Aga Khan University
By SONGA WA SONGA
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete on Monday granted a charter to the Aga Khan University — making it the first foreign institution of higher learning in the country.
Mr Kikwete handed the certificate to the Aga Khan at a ceremony held at State House in Dar es Salaam on Monday.
The Head of State said that for years, the Government of Tanzania has enjoyed a cordial relationship with the Aga Khan Foundation—that runs the university and other Aga Khan projects in the country— and added that there is room to do more for mutual benefit.
The granting of the charter, Mr Kikwete said, opened a new chapter in improving the efforts made by the Aga Khan Foundation and the government of Tanzania to boost the lives of residents.
However, he stressed, that the charter was not just dished out to the institution, but rather, it is a well-deserved achievement.
“We have granted this charter because of the confidence we have in the Aga Khan University. I have no doubt that the institution would live up to the expectations of all of us,” Mr Kikwete said.
In his speech, the Aga Khan said the charter is of immense importance to the university.
“We reached the decision after realising that there is a need to invest in human resources here, especially in the areas of health and education,” he said.
The Aga Khan added that for Tanzania to make progress in its endeavours to improve the well-being of its people, it is important for the country to have higher education programmes for people who are in employment. He revealed that the university has lined up nine postgraduate programmes that have been identified to suit Tanzania’s needs.
Earlier, the minister for Education and Vocational Training Dr Shukuru Kawambwa said the Aga Khan University had met all requirements.
The Tanzania Commission for Universities Executive Secretary Yunus Mgaya said the university would play a crucial role in developing human resources.
RAIS JAKAYA MRISHO KIKWETE AMKABIDHI H.H. THE AGA KHAN HATI YA CHUO KIKUU CHA AGA KHAN KILICHOPO DAR ES SALAAM
Rais Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete akiagana na Kiongozi wa madhehebu ya Ismailia duniani Mtukufu Aga Khana baada ya kumkabidhi hati ya Chuo Kikuu cha Aga Khan kilichopo Dar es salaam February 23, 2015 Ikulu jijini Dar es salaam
Dar es Salaam. Rais Jakaya Kikwete amemkabidhi Kiongozi wa Madhehebu ya Isimailia ulimwenguni, Mtukufu Aga Khan hati ya usajili wa Chuo Kikuu cha Aga Khan (AKU) ikiwa ni hatua muhimu kwa taasisi hiyo kuendeleza utoaji wa elimu nchini.
Mara baada ya kukabidhi hati hiyo, Rais Kikwete alisema ni mara ya kwanza kwa Chuo Kikuu cha kigeni kusajiliwa nchini na kwamba Aku itatimiza matarajio ya wengi katika utoaji wa elimu bora.
Alisema Serikali imekuwa na uhusiano wa karibu na Mfuko wa Maendeleo wa Aga Khan na umekuwa ukisaidia masuala mbalimbali yanayochochea maendeleo nchini.
“Utoaji wa hati hii leo ni sehemu tu ya hatua ya maendeleo hayo. Tunayo imani kuwa Chuo Kikuu hiki kitasaidia kupunguza tatizo la upungufu wa rasilimali watu katika fani za udaktari, sayansi na teknolojia,” alisema Rais Kikwete katika hafla iliyofanyika Ikulu.
Mtukufu Aga Khan alisema upatikanaji wa hati hiyo ni mwanzo wa safari ya utoaji wa huduma za elimu nchini ikiwa ni utekelezaji wa uamuzi wa kukipanua chuo hicho kutoka nje ya Asia na kuimarisha mizizi barani Afrika ili kupunguza umaskini.
Kiongozi huyo, ambaye pia ni mwanzilishi na Mwenyekiti wa Mtandao wa Maendeleo wa Aga Khan (AKDN), alisema katika kipindi cha maendeleo ya kasi, suala la elimu ni la msingi ili kukuza ugunduzi na uzalishaji.
“Chuo kitakuwa na kozi tisa tofauti maalumu kwa ajili ya masuala ya Afrika ambazo zitakuwa na umuhimu mkubwa na matokeo ya haraka kwa jumuiya ya Tanzania.
“Changamoto kubwa imebaki kwetu kuhakikisha hatushindwi kufanikisha lengo hilo. Mpira upo mikononi mwetu,” aliongeza Mtukufu Aga Khan.
Agosti mwaka jana, Bodi ya Wadhamini ya Aku iliidhinisha uwekezaji wa takribani Sh1.98 trilioni zitakazowekezwa katika upanuzi wa taasisi ya chuo hicho Afrika Mashariki. Kati ya fedha hizo, Sh1.65 trilioni zitatumika katika upanuzi wa vyuo na taasisi zitakazojengwa nchini Tanzania kwa miaka 14 ijayo.
Ofisa wa usimamizi na programu wa mtandao wa maendeleo wa Aga Khan (AKDN), Navroz Lakhani alisema kuwa uwekezaji huo unahusisha uongezaji wa Kitivo cha Sanaa na Sayansi, Kitivo cha Sayansi ya Afya, na kituo maalumu cha Taasisi ya Maendeleo ya Elimu.
Waziri wa Elimu na Mafunzo ya Ufundi, Dk Shukuru Kawambwa alisema Aku imetimiza masharti yote ya usajili kama ilivyobainishwa katika Sheria ya Vyuo Vikuu ya mwaka 2005.
Baada ya kupata hati hiyo, Dk Kawambwa alisema wanatarajia kuona Aku ikidahili wanafunzi wengi zaidi katika fani za udaktari, Sayansi na Teknolojia.
President Jakaya Kikwete handsover to His Holiness the Aga Khan, the Certificate of Registration of the Aga Khan University in Tanzania when the spritual leader paid a courtesy call at the State House in Dar es Salaam yesterday. (Photo: State House)
Education is the fuel to speed up Africa's development - His Holiness the Aga Khan
By David Kisanga
24th February 2015
President Kikwete handsover to His Holiness the Aga Khan, the Certificate of Registration of the Aga Khan University in Tanzania when the spritual leader paid a courtesy call at the State House.
The Aga Khan University (AKU) Chancellor and Founder, His Holiness the Aga Khan has said the fuel to speed up Africa’s development is education.
He made the remarks yesterday in Dar es Salaam when accepting a Certificate of Recognition for the Aga Khan University (AKU) in Tanzania handed by President Jakaya Kikwete at the State House in a ceremony attended by various ministers and other dignities.
Noting that the certificate will help AKU as a foreign university to full operate in the country, His Holiness the Aga Khan said, “Our main aim is to operate in Africa and increase more graduates in the fields of medicines and education.”
“We established AKU in Africa to enable the people get quality education and bring about development,” he said.
Seconding him, President Jakaya Kikwete acknowledged the long standing good relations enjoyed by Tanzania and the Aga Khan organisation.
“We trust the organisation, that is why we have decided to brand it with a Certificate of recognition to allow it operate fully in the country,” Kikwete stressed.
He said that AKU has met all the requirements needed for a university hence the government has much expectations from it.
Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa, noted that AKU is the first foreign university to be granted full registration in the history of Tanzania and that his ministry is optimistic AKU will provide quality education to the public.
“We want to see as many branches of AKU opened countrywide…this will help increase admission rates and allow as many students as possible to get quality education,” he said.
Commenting, Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU), Prof Yunus Mgaya, welcomed the move saying AKU will be a key player in the country producing more professionals in the fields of medicine and education.
“The full authority to operate in the country will enable AKU to reduce the gap of professionals in the said fields,” he pointed out.
Tanzania grants Aga Khan University charter – Africa Review
President Kikwete handed the certificate to His Highness the Aga Khan at a ceremony held at State House in Dar es Salaam.
The Head of State said that for years, the Government of Tanzania had enjoyed cordial relationship with the Aga Khan Foundation—the body that runs the varsity and other Aga Khan projects in the country—but added that there was room to do more for mutual benefit.
The granting of the charter, he said, opened a new chapter in furthering the efforts made by the Aga Khan Foundation and the Government of Tanzania to improve the lives of all Tanzanians.
However, he stressed that the charter was not just dished out to the institution, but was a well-deserved achievement.
“We have granted this charter because of the confidence we have in the Aga Khan University,” he said
“I have no doubt that the university will rise to the expectations of all of us,” he added.
The Aga Khan said the event was of immense importance to the university.
Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:58 am Post subject: Speech of The Aga Khan Dar es Salaam AKu Convocation 2015
Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Aga Khan University Convocation, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
24 February 2015
Trustees and President of the University,
Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Deans, Faculty and Staff of the University,
Parents, Donors, Supporters and Distinguished Guests,
Humjambo and Karibuni. Hongera, Wanafunzi wote
What a remarkable day this is – and what a pleasure it is to be here.
This is a very important day in your lives, of course, and I must say that this first chance to share in an East African AKU convocation makes this a singular day in my life, as well.
As your Chancellor, it was I who first proposed to our Trustees that AKU should expand from Asia to Africa, to meet its chartered international mandate. Therefore it was with particular happiness that I received the Charter for the Aga Khan University from President Kikwete yesterday at a ceremony at State House. This is the first Charter in Tanzania granted to an international University. It reflects, I believe, AKU’s demonstrable record of producing outstanding graduates in Tanzania for the last 13 years. This is a historic milestone as it sets the stage for expanding the University and introducing new schools, faculties and institutes in Tanzania and the region.
In the search for Africa’s development, how can any of us forget that throughout human history there has never been greatness without expanded knowledge? And is that not the precise purpose of a great University?
I have always felt that there is a kind of magical feeling about a graduation ceremony. Think about it, all of you graduands! You have walked in here earlier today as students of the Aga Khan University. And you will walk out of here later today as graduates of the Aga Khan University – and distinguished AKU Alumni. Bravo!
That transformation, of course, symbolizes the transformation you have experienced throughout your time at the Aga Khan University. You may look the same as you did when you arrived here for the first time – perhaps slightly plumper, or skinnier, or balder, or grayer – but surely a great deal more fascinating. And more confident, too, I would hope, in your ability to contribute to the betterment of our world. The degree or diploma that you receive today is something you will take with you for the rest of your lives. The education you have achieved here is something that no one can ever take away.
We celebrate each of you graduands today. Bravo! And we also celebrate so many who have contributed to your success – your parents and families, friends and colleagues – and those who have contributed to your University life – faculty, staff, donors, and trustees, as well as government and community leaders.
Like each of you, personally, the University also remembers its heritage on a day like this. That heritage is rooted in the rich history of Islamic intellectual accomplishment – including the work of my own ancestors in ancient Cairo 1000 years ago, when they founded the Azhar University and the Dar-ul-ilm – the House of Knowledge. This story continued over several centuries, as Muslim centers of scholarship and culture involved and inspired people of many traditions and faith communities. A respect for diversity – a welcoming, cosmopolitan ethic – has been a hallmark of this heritage – an increasingly relevant legacy in the emerging “borderless” world that President Rasul has so aptly described.
It was this heritage that inspired my grandfather, as Imam of the Ismaili Muslim community, to make education a top priority. In fact, he started the first Aga Khan School in Africa over 110 years ago in Bagamoyo, here in Tanzania. And that same legacy was in our minds when we began planning for this new Aga Khan University.
I well remember those conversations – as early as in 1975 – and I remember them, to be exact. We asked a host of questions and a host of wise people helped us address them. Harvard University drew up our blue print. Our biggest question was whether a new university in Asia and Africa, in this day and age, could achieve sufficient levels of excellence as measured by world standards.
Well, we decided to try it. The Aga Khan University was founded in Karachi in 1983. It recently celebrated its 30 year anniversary. And then, in the year 2000, we expanded into East Africa.
Today, the Aga Khan University remains the only privately supported University with major academic programs on both the Asian and the African continents. Over a relatively short time span, we have extended our work into eight different countries. We created two degree or diploma programs in the 1980s, two more in the 1990s, and another 21 programs since the year 2000. Altogether, we have graduated over twelve thousand students – over 2000 here in East Africa. And you will soon become the most recent!
Altogether in these 15 years some 1900 nurses have been trained here, almost half of them earning Bachelor of Nursing degrees. So have some 3000 teachers, including 250 with Masters of Education degrees. But the most important point is the multiplier effect that you can have as you pass along your skills and your standards. I think, for example, of programs which have trained almost 1000 head-teachers of secondary schools – just in the last year – a striking example of this powerful multiplier potential.
The quality of these programs has been endorsed not only by the World Health Organization, but by standard setters such as the UK College of Physicians and Surgeons and the US Joint Commission International. But the best endorsement, by far, is the success of our graduates, when they take licensing exams, or apply to other schools, or go to work for new employers.
In the end, however, our most important accomplishments are not measured by quantity – but by quality. It’s not so much that twelve thousand people were educated at AKU, but rather that ONE person was educated here and that this individual life-transforming story has happened, now, some twelve thousand times.
As we look to the future, I am increasingly impressed by one overriding insight. It reflects the vast flow of information that has come my way as I have watched the ups and downs of the developing world. More and more, I am convinced that the key to improving the quality of human life, both in places that are gifted with good governments and in places that are not so fortunate, is the quality of what I describe as Civil Society.
By Civil Society I mean that array of institutions which are neither public, nor profit driven, but which are motivated by voluntary commitments and dedicated to the public good. They include, for example, institutions dedicated to culture, to public information, to the environment and to religious faith. And they include, very importantly, the fields of health and education in which you are so centrally involved.
A healthy Civil Society is a meritocratic one, where ethics are honored, and excellence is valued. And the great question now confronting us here in Africa is how rapidly the institutions of a healthy Civil Society can be established and reinforced. In this process, the role of the University will be central as it advances and shares new knowledge.
From the start over thirty years ago, this University’s founding blueprint envisioned a multi-campus, multi-continental university – comprehensive, broadly integrated, and research- driven. That vision, as you have heard, is now coming true. A major building block will be our new campus in Arusha – opening in just four years – as home to our new Faculty of Arts and Sciences, plus two Professional Graduate Schools. When you visit the Arusha campus in a few years you will also see a new teaching hospital, a training hotel, new community schools and housing facilities, a technology and research park, and an important new library.
Other AKU initiatives, across the region, as the President has mentioned, include our Graduate School of Media and Communications, opening this year in Nairobi. Other Graduate Schools will follow – specifically designed to advance a healthy Civil Society – in specific African contexts. They will include Schools of Leadership and Management; Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism; Architecture and Human Settlements; Government, Civil Society and Public Policy; Economic Growth and Development; Law; and Education.
At the same time, a new campus in Dar es Salaam will house the Institute for Educational Development. Our Faculty of Health Sciences will develop new undergraduate medical and nursing programs in Kenya, a new teaching hospital and medical outreach centres in Uganda, and post-graduate residency programs throughout the region. So, as the East African Community is built politically, so will AKU become increasingly regional. Meanwhile, we will continue to expand our inter-university partnerships across the world, lending further global credibility to our work – and to your degree.
That is a long list of new initiatives, but not an unrealistic one, any more than it was unrealistic to plan for an intercontinental University three decades ago. And let me emphasize that we see these various units as integrated parts of one University, working closely together – across academic disciplines and also across nations and continents – in our increasingly “borderless” world.
These developments also mean that AKU will continue to be a valuable reference point for you, with its Africa and Asia-specific research, and its Continuing Education opportunities. Even as the AKU story develops, so can your relationship with the University.
Let me put you on notice! This is not a Farewell Ceremony! In fact, an event like this is often called a “Commencement”, since it marks the beginning of so many great new stories. We hope that you will share your stories with us, in the days ahead. And we hope, whenever possible, that you will continue to be a part of the University’s story.
And so it is that we come together, today, both as grateful inheritors, looking back on an accomplished past – and as eager explorers – looking ahead to an exciting future.
It has been an honor for me to share this day with all of you.
anzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
24 February 2015
Tanzania: Aga Khan Varsity Gets Charter
By Christopher Majaliwa
PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete yesterday granted a charter to the Aga Khan University (AKU) that will allow it to fully operate in the country after conforming to the Tanzania Commission for Universities' (TCU) preconditions.
During the charter granting ceremony held at the State House in Dar es Salaam, President Kikwete pointed out that the move will help Tanzania bridge out human resource gap in science, technology and medical sectors.
The document, received by the Spiritual Leader of the world Ismaili sect and Head of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), Prince Shah Karim Al-Husseini Aga Khan, is according to Mr Kikwete, the first document in Tanzania's history to be offered to an international-based university.
"AKU turns another chapter and page of collaboration between Tanzania and AKF. It is the first time for a foreign-based university to be granted the charter in Tanzania," he observed.
The president noted that offering the certificate was a clear indication of trust the country extended to AKF, thus it was yet another milestone in cementing cooperation between the two sides.
"Tanzania has a long-time established association with the Foundation in so many areas and as a country we have benefited in so many ways. We are sure that much of our expectation will be met," he stressed.
The AKF leader thanked President Kikwete for consenting the university's operation in the country. He said that after operating in Asian countries, they saw it wise to establish the higher learning institution in Tanzania to help produce human resource in education and health sector.
The 49th Imam of Nizari Ismailis noted that African countries' development among other things depended on the investment in education and healthcare, thus having AKU in Tanzania was a credible step for the country's development.
"This is a credible move towards the growth of knowledge and competencies. Offering courses that are relevant and significant to Africa and Tanzania in particular is vital," he affirmed, adding that the ball is now on their court and will go all-out to register praiseworthy achievements.
Earlier, the TCU Executive Secretary, Professor Yunus Mgaya, said that the commission satisfied itself that AKU meets the standards as per acts that govern high learning institutions' operations in the country.
The Minister for Education and Vocation Training, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa, noted that to make Tanzanian education more competitive and with improved quality, having foreign-based universities in the country was significant.
AKU is an agency of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), founded by the Aga Khan. It was granted its charter in 1983 as Pakistan's first private, autonomous university.
Its objective is to be on the frontiers of scientific and humanistic knowledge while inspiring students to be independent learners and researchers imbued with a spirit of service and respect for others.
In Tanzania, the university is set to operate in two campuses to be located in Arusha and Dar es Salaam.
Aga Khan University Graduates to Have a “Multiplier Effect” in Civil Society
AKU Marks 15th Anniversary in East Africa
Dar es Salaam, 24 February, 2015 -- In a speech marking the graduation of 58 students in medicine, nursing and education, His Highness the Aga Khan today (Tuesday) spoke of the “multiplier effect” that they would have in building civil society.
“The most important point is the multiplier effect that you can have,” he remarked, “as you pass along your skills and your standards. I think, for example, of programmes which have trained almost 1,000 head-teachers of secondary schools – just in the last year – a striking example of this powerful multiplier potential.”
“In the end, however, our most important accomplishments are not measured by quantity - but by quality. It’s not so much that twelve thousand people were educated at AKU, but rather that one person was educated here - and that this individual life-transforming story has happened – now - some twelve thousand times.”
The Aga Khan was presiding over his first Aga Khan University convocation in East Africa. The ceremony also marked 15 years of the university’s presence on the continent, and was attended by senior faculty and AKU trustees, including Princess Zahra.
In today’s ceremony, the Master of Education degree was conferred upon 37 graduates and the Master of Medicine degree was conferred upon three graduates. Eighteen graduates were conferred with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The valedictorian speech was presented by Tabitha Alexandria Njeri Nyanja, a graduate of the Master of Medicine programme.
Altogether some 1,900 nurses have been trained at the Aga Khan University, as well as 3,000 teachers, including 250 with Master of Education degrees.
The Aga Khan University, which spans three countries in East Africa alone, has announced plans to invest over US$ 1.1 billion in the region over the next 15 years – the largest investment in higher education in the history of the region. The ambitious plan envisages the establishment of a Faculty of Arts and Sciences, a number of graduate schools including Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, and Architecture and Human Settlements in Arusha. A new campus for AKU’s Institute for Educational Development will be constructed in Dar es Salaam, along with the establishment of an executive, professional and continuing education school.
The Aga Khan, who is the University’s Chancellor and its founder, said decades of experience in the developing world showed that sound civil society institutions like the Aga Khan University were key to Africa’s future.
“A healthy Civil Society is a meritocratic one, where ethics are honored, and excellence is valued. And the great question now confronting us in Africa is how rapidly the institutions of a healthy Civil Society can be established and reinforced,” he said.
The Aga Khan spoke one day after Tanzania’s government awarded the Aga Khan University a charter under the country’s laws, marking the first time a foreign institution has been granted such status. The unprecedented move reinforced the university’s position in Tanzania and East Africa at a time when AKU is embarking on an ambitious expansion plan across the region.
The Aga Khan hailed the charter as major development in AKU’s history. “This is a historic milestone as it sets the stage for expanding the University and introducing new schools, faculties and institutes in Tanzania and the region,” he said.
The Aga Khan University, originally founded in Pakistan more than three decades ago as the country’s first private institution of higher learning, has since expanded considerably to include an array of colleges, schools, institutes and teaching hospitals on three continents.
In his speech, AKU President Mr Firoz Rasul, who has led the school’s expansion in East Africa, urged the graduates to work together to contribute to East Africa’s development in a period of regional and global integration.
“Your education has equipped each of you for leadership,” he said. “And the hallmark of a leader is the understanding that real change happens when like-minded individuals are united in pursuit of the same goal,” he said.
Today there are “both unprecedented challenges and extraordinary opportunities on a planet more connected and complex than ever before,” he added.
“This is a time in which you can achieve extraordinary things. I have no doubt that our pride in you will only grow as we learn of your achievements in the years to come.”
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Aga Khan Varsity in major learning drive
Published on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 01:49
Written by LAWRENCE RAPHAELY
THE Aga Khan University (AKU) is planning to inject into the country over 700 million US dollars (about 1.3 trillion/-) to develop the education sector through setting up of new campuses, programmes and facilities.
The new investments, planned to start this year, are expected to produce 10,000 professionals in different fields and create 10,000 direct employment opportunities.
AKU President Firoz Rasul speaking in Dar es Salaam during the AKU 2015 convocation ceremony said the investments include setting up a principal University in Arusha and also building a new campus in Dar es Salaam for education development to train outstanding teachers and school administrators.
He said the main campus in Arusha will have a teaching hospital, a training hotel, new community schools, housing facilities, a technology/research park and a state-of-the-art library.
“Each of our campuses will be crossroads; places that bring the regions together to learn from the best in the world and from each other.
They will foster mutual understanding, a spirit of shared purpose and a sense of common identity,”Mr Rasul reported.
He added that apart from investing in the education sector, they will also continue strengthening the already existing health services in the region to serve the majority citizens through provision of better health services.
“Ours is a time in which opportunities for innovation abound along the intersections where different disciplines and professionals meet. We want to see educators and health professionals working together to prevent illness,” he said.
He went to explain that through its operation over 15 years in the region, AKU has been able to train 2,335 experts in different fields in addition to providing employment to 2,746 people.
“Our projects aim at producing graduates who are not only ready for demanding jobs, but who have the skills and drive to act as entrepreneurs to create new jobs,” Mr Rasul observed.
The Chancellor of AKU, Prince Karim Aga Khan, said the AKU record of producing outstanding graduates in the country for the past 13 years is a historical milestone as they focus to expand the university by introducing the new schools, faculties and institutes.
He also said that as the East Africa Community (EAC) is built politically, AKU will continue to expand the university’s partnership across the world, lending further global credibility across academic disciplines.
“These developments mean that AKU will continue to be a valuable reference point for the youth in the region with its continuing education opportunities,” he observed.
During the AKU 2015 convocation ceremony, a total of 55 students from different African countries in such fields of study as Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BscN), Master of Education (Med), and Master of Medicine (MMED), were awarded with degrees.
The AKU plans to invest and pump funds into the Tanzania’s education sector comes just a day after President Kikwete granted a charter to the university that will allow it to fully operate in the country after conforming to the Tanzania Commission for Universities’ (TCU) preconditions.
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