Aga Khan University
|Chancellor||His Highness the Aga Khan|
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
London, United Kingdom
The Aga Khan University (abbreviated AKU) is an independent research university with its primary campus in Karachi, Pakistan, with additional campuses and training programmes in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom and Afghanistan.
Founded in 1983 by the Prince Aga Khan IV through the Aga Khan Development Network. The university launched a medical college and a teaching hospital on a 65-acre site in Karachi. The university over the years expanded, in 2004 established a teaching hospital in Nairobi and in 2016 another one in Dar es Salaam. In 2002, the university established a campus in London deticated to the study of the Near East and in 2003 launched an examination board. In 2015, the university established the Institute for Human Development funded by the CIDA, and in 2016, the the university launched the Graduate School of Media and Communications. In 2016, the university launched the East African Institute.
The universities campus in Karachi is ranked among the top 185 universities in Asia and among the top 300 in the world for medicine by Quacquarelli Symonds. The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan ranks the university as the top medical school in Pakistan. The university runs one the worlds largest networks of Joint Commission accredited teaching hospitals, with 14 hospitals in Pakistan, East Africa and Afghanistan, in 2016, these hospitals treated 1.75 million patients.
The Aga Khan University accounts for 75% of all biomedical research in Pakistan while the remaining 25 percent is shared by all the other institutions. AKU publishes more research articles in peer-reviewed, indexed internationally recognised journals than any other university in Pakistan. Faculty promotions are dependent on publications in indexed journals while most medical students have published by the time they graduate. Undergraduate medical students have published up to 50 research papers in indexed health journals.
It is the one of the few universities in Pakistan to provide research facilities to students at the undergraduate level. The university maintains a research office to guide and support research conducted at the university. A University Research Council also funds grants after a competitive review process facilitated by a Grants Review Committee. Particular emphasis is also placed on community related health sciences research. AKU organizes international and national research workshops and seminars. A Health Sciences Research Assembly is held annually in which faculty and students present their research.
The university is a site for NIH clinical trials. The seal (logo) of the Aga Khan University is a visual representation of the principles which underlie the founding of the university. The circular form of the seal has its roots in the rosettes of early Islamic periods. It also symbolizes the world and reflects the internationality of the Aga Khan University. At the centre of the seal is a star or sun representing light – a universal symbol of the enlightenment that education provides. The light is also symbolic of Nur (divine light). The star incorporates 49 points to commemorate the university's founding by Prince Karim Aga Khan, the Forty-Ninth imam of the Ismaili Muslims.
وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا وَاذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتََ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ اِذْ كُنْتُمْ اعْدَاءً فَالَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِكُمْ فَاصْبَحْتُمْ بِنِعْمَتِهِ اِخْوَنًا وَكُنْتُمْ عَلَى شَفَا حُفْرَةٍ مِنْ النَّارِ فَانْقَذَكُمْ مِنْهَا كَذَلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ ءايَتِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ
The English translation reads:
And hold fast,
All together, by the rope
Which God (stretches out for you),
And be not divided among yourselves,
And remember with gratitude
God's favour on you:
For ye were enemies
And He joined your hearts
In love, so that by His grace
Ye became brethren
And ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire,
And He saved you from it.
Thus doth God make His Signs clear to you
That ye may be guided.
AKU-IED is a center for developing teachers, educators, education managers, researchers and policy makers. Apart from teacher training, AKU-IED offers M.Ed (Masters of Education) and PhD. in Education as well. Established in 2003. AKU-EB is a federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary education in Pakistan. AKU-EB examines students at SSC and HSSC level.
The Aga Khan University is an international university, operating on campuses in Central and South Asia, the African Great Lakes, Europe and the Middle East. In Pakistan, the university is an 84-acre campus including a hospital with two on-campus male and female hostels with a capacity of 300 each. It has a sports and rehabilitation center which is one of the best in Pakistan, with an Olympic-standard swimming pool, cricket practice nets, tennis courts, indoor gymnasium with wooden flooring, squash courts and gyms. It has cricket and football grounds with jogging tracks.
Free WiFi is available all over the campus. Hostels are three storey buildings and two blocks. There are common rooms on each floor along with Kitchens, and laundry rooms facilitated with washing machines and dryers.Meals are served at the main cafeteria which is open 24/7 with discounts for students and staff. Saturdays and Sundays are off for year 1 and 2 students while seniors have different schedules.
Existing campuses and international programmes include:
- Faculty of Health Sciences located on an 84-acre (340,000 m2) campus in the heart of Karachi, Pakistan, built in the 1980s
- Aga Khan University Health Sciences campus in Nairobi, Kenya
- A USD 500 million campus for the university's Faculty of Arts and Sciences is under development in Karachi, Pakistan. An area of 1,100 acres (4.5 km2) has been acquired just outside Karachi, and Payette Associates are the project architects.
- Institute for Educational Development in the Karimabad area of Karachi, Pakistan and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London, United Kingdom
- A USD 450 million campus planned for Arusha, in north-eastern Tanzania to be built in the next 15 years
- Advanced Nursing Studies (ANS) Programmes at campuses in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
- Programmes for capacity development for teachers and nurses in Afghanistan, Egypt and Syria
Notable alumni, professors and staff
Professors and staff
- Abdul Gaffar Billoo, pediatric endocrinologist, professor of clinical pediatrics at the Aga Khan University (AKU)
- Sahabzada Yaqub Khan, former foreign minister of Pakistan
- Adil Haider, trauma surgeon and outcomes research scientist in the United States
- Fahim Rahim, M.D, nephrologist, recipient of Ellis Island Medals of Honor in 2011
- Naeem Rahim, nephrologist and founder of Idaho based JRM Foundation for humanity
Aga Khan University in popular culture
In international news
- BBC News: "AKU, Leading the Y2K campaign"
- BBC News: the remains of a Persian Princess found in Pakistan were X-rayed at AKU. Dr. Jeffrey Rees of AKU was interviewed by the BBC; however, CAT scans done at AKU confirmed the mummy to be forged.
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- "HARVARD TO AID IN DEVELOPING PAKISTANI TEACHING HOSPITAL". The New York Times. 1981-12-21.
- "Aga Khan University Announces the Faculty of Health Sciences in East Africa". Retrieved 2007-03-19.
- Payette Associates
- "Aga Khan Announces the East African Community's First Regional University to be based in Arusha". Archived from the original on 11 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
- Aga Khan University Profile Archived 21 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
- CSPH Names Adil Haider, MD, MPH as New Director. Brighamandwomens.org. Retrieved on 2016-07-03.
- "Liberty Dialysis Physicians Fahim Rahim and Naeem Rahim to Receive Ellis Island National Medals of Honor for Their Contribution to Achievements in Dialysis and Kidney Care". Business Wire. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
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- "Rahim Farhim and JRM Foundation reach out". Idaho State Journal. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
- "AKU leading the Y2K campaign". BBC News. 1999-08-24.
- "The Mystery of the Persian Mummy". Retrieved 2001-09-20.
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- Aga Khan University Alumni Association
- Video: AKU President Firoz Rasul speaks on next 25 years of the Aga Khan University