Aga Khan University held its eighth graduation ceremony at the Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar es Salaam. The ceremony was presided over by Ambassador Saidullah Khan Dehlavi, Chairman AKU Board of Trustees, Dr Greg Moran, University Provost and Mr Firoz Rasul, President, AKU and was attended by vice chancellors, senior government officials, diplomats, national and international academicians, donors and prominent citizens.
Fifty four students graduated with 20 students receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and 34 students a Master of Education.
Honourable Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi, Minister for Health and Social Welfare of the United Republic of Tanzania was the Chief Guest.
Dr Mwinyi commended the University for gradually making its mark towards improving the quality of healthcare available in the country and for the role it has played in the development of professionals in the region. He noted that the University is at the forefront of building capacity in the health workforce through its nursing and doctors training programme. He said, “The Institute for Educational Development has played an important role in upgrading the quality of education through its teacher training programmes.”
AKU is building a new campus for the Institute for Educational Development in Dar es Salaam. Plans to establish a principle campus in Arusha that will house Arts and Science programmes are continuing.
Honourable Dr Mwinyi congratulated the graduands and urged them to think beyond their needs to the needs of the larger community and the country.
In his welcome remarks Mr Firoz Rasul emphasised on the AKU principles of quality, relevance, impact and access. He reiterated the importance of quality in the delivery of healthcare and education whilst benchmarking the University against world class standards. To measure the quality of the University, Mr Rasul explained, “AKU relies not only in our own measurement but also in professional quality and accreditation bodies.”
Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi is currently working towards the Joint Commission International accreditation, the highest quality benchmark for hospitals in the world. This will be a first in the East Africa region. Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam is also undergoing a major expansion in response to the much needed healthcare service for non communicable diseases such as heart disease.
Aga Khan University also works with other partner institutions to ensure high quality standards are maintained through research and projects. Currently AKU is cooperating with Nelson Mandela institute of Science and Technology to develop the Arusha region in Tanzania as a hub for quality education in East Africa.
Mr Rasul congratulated the graduands and urged them to uphold the principle of quality as they develop and grow in their career