Mr Firoz Rasul (R), the President of Aga Khan University, congratulates graduates during the university’s convocation ceremony at Kampala Serena Conference Centre yesterday. A total of 78 students graduated with Diplomas in General Nursing, Bachelors of Science in Nursing degrees and Masters of Education. PHOTO BY RACHEAL AJWANG.
Kampala- Health and education graduates from the Aga Khan University have been told to transform their societies by applying the skills acquired form the institution.
Speaking at the 2016 convocation of the Aga Khan University (AKU) yesterday at Kampala Serena Conference Centre in Kampala, the chairman Board of Trustees of the university, Mr Firoz Rasul, said the graduates have acquired the necessary skills to uplift their societies by providing exemplary leadership.
Mr Rasul told the graduates that it will be a challenge for them to galvanise others to join them in trying to look for solutions to problems faced in leadership.
“I have every confidence in you because the education you have received here in the Aga Khan University has prepared you for leadership. I am confident because of your predecessors, there are many distinguished AKU alumni and have taken it upon themselves to bring new modes of code and action to the places that need them most and to create new knowledge and strategies for overcoming formidable obstacles ,” said Mr Rasul.
Mr Rasul asked government to recognise the contribution of the civil society to the country such as the Aga Khan Foundation.
“Rather than being discouraged, it (civil society) should be embraced as an essential contributor to the public good. It should be seen as the guarantor of good governance. We should see its diversity and peaceful disagreements as a sign of strength and maturity,” he added.
Mr Rasul also noted that the Aga Khan Foundation will improve the professionalism of health practice in the country with the construction of the new teaching hospital, whose plan is already underway.
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Plans to invest more than US$ 1 billion in the region over the next 15 years, the largest investment in higher education in the history of the region. — President Firoz Rasul, AKU
Kemigisha Misk delivers the valedictory speech (photo: AKU)
He thanked donors and supporters, and in particular those who have supported the work of AKU in Uganda including the German government, through BMZ and KfW, which are supporting the University’s Schools of Nursing and Midwifery; the Canadian government, which is providing $31 million to improve pre-primary and primary education, including in the West Nile region, through the Strengthening Education Systems in East Africa initiative; and the World Bank funding that also enabled the AKU’s Institute for Educational Development to train more than 800 secondary school head teachers from across Uganda in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.
On AKU expansion, Mr. Rasul said that the University plans to increase the existing outpatient medical centres from the current four to over a dozen medical centres across Uganda. In addition the University plans to construct a new Aga Khan University Hospital in Kampala. The tertiary teaching hospital will provide Ugandans with health care of world-class quality, and train specialist doctors, nurses and other health professionals capable of leading the improvement of health care within the country. Completion of the first phase is expected in 2020.
The Aga Khan University, which spans three countries in East Africa alone, has announced plans to invest more than US$ 1 billion in the region over the next 15 years, the largest investment in higher education in the history of the region.
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78 graduate from Aga Khan University — NTV Uganda
Published on 6 Feb 2016
University authorities have been urged to advocate to an integrated East African community in order to create job opportunities for their graduates in the regional bloc. The comments were made by Dr Benedict Mtasiwa who is the Chief Principal of the Exchange Programme, Inter-University Council for East Africa. He was the guest of honour at the Convocation ceremony of the Aga Khan University held here in Kampala. 78 students graduated with diplomas in General Nursing, Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Masters in Education.