21 July 2004

Varsity to open more campuses

Story by NATION Reporter Publication Date: 07/21/2004

The Aga Khan University will have a permanent presence in the region, it has been announced.

The president, Mr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, said the chancellor and the board of trustees had decided that the university would have campuses in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

"The Advanced Nursing Studies programme in East Africa has already established a solid foundation with over 500 students enrolled, of which 30 per cent come from the Government," Mr Kassim-Lakha said.

He was speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Aga Khan Development Network at Nairobi's Serena Hotel on Monday. Princess Zahra, the Aga Khan's daughter, attended the luncheon.

Mr Kassim-Lakha said that, soon, the number of students enrolled by the university would compare favourably to those enrolled at its School of Nursing in Karachi.

Outside the health sector, Mr Kassim-Lakha said, the Aga Khan University's first initiative was the Institute for Educational Development, founded in 1993, with focus on improving standards in primary and secondary schools through in-service training programmes for teachers.

He said there were plans to establish an institute for educational development in the region.

The board of trustees would he holding its formal meeting in Mombasa later this week to review the findings from their visit and discuss future initiatives in East Africa, he said.

The board of trustees is on a visit to East Africa to review the university's medical and educational programmes in the region.