AKU Report 2014

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REPORT 2014

THE GREATEST CHALLENGE OF OUR TIME​

In an increasingly cosmopolitan world, it is essential that we live by a ‘cosmopolitan ethic,’ one that addresses the age-old need to balance the particular and the universal, to honour both human rights and social duties, to advance personal freedom and to accept human responsibility. It is in that spirit that we can nurture bonds of confidence across different peoples and unique individuals, welcoming the growing diversity of our world, even in matters of faith, as a gift of the Divine. Difference, in this context, can become an opportunity – not a threat – a blessing rather than a burden. . . .

As we look ahead, in sum, we face a world in which centrifugal and fragmenting influences are of growing importance, presenting new governance challenges all across the planet, and especially in fragile societies. In such a world, the voices of pluralistic civil society can help ensure that diversity does not lead to disintegration, and that a broad variety of energies and talents can be enlisted in the quest for human progress. Diversification without disintegration, this is the greatest challenge of our time.​ Read more...

His Highness the Aga Khan
Chancellor, The Aga Khan University
The 88th Stephen Ogden Lecture
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 2014​



TRANSFORMING THE UNIVERSITY
Our plans to grow into a comprehensive university reflect our belief that the future of developing societies depends on educating ethical and entrepreneurial leaders who understand the value of pluralism.


AKU OVERVIEW
AKU was founded in 1983 as Pakistan’s first private, not-for-profit university. In 2000, it expanded to East Africa – where Aga Khan educational institutions ha​ve been present for more than a century – followed by the United Kingdom and Afghanistan.


GOING WHERE THE NEED IS GREATEST
At AKU, we go where the  need is greatest. By educating leaders in developing societies and partnering with communities facing extraordinary challenges, we help ensure that everyone has the opportunity to realize their potential, achieve self-sufficiency, provide for their family and lead a life that  expresses the dignity inherent in all human beings.


OUR PEOPLE
Three decades after AKU’s founding, our faculty, staff and alumni are winning prestigious international awards and earning a reputation for excellence in countries around the world. Their achievements testify to the quality of an AKU education, to the strength of our research programmes and to the University’s truly international character.


RESEARCH WITH IMPACT
Between intentions and outcomes lies a gap only knowledge can close. Our researchers are discovering what works and why, and how evidence-based solutions can be scaled up to reach millions of people in societies with limited resources. At the local, national and global levels, their work is setting agendas and catalysing commitment to demonstrably achievable goals.


NOTABLE DEVELOPMENTS
Milestones, firsts, awards and achievements – 2013–2014 was filled with them. It was a time in which the University took significant steps toward fulfilling its Chancellor’s vision of an institution “on the frontiers of scientific and humanistic knowledge, radiating intelligence and confidence".


WORLD CLASS GRADUATE PROFESSIONALS EDUCATION
Aiming to help create informed publics able to pursue social, economic and political development in an inclusive manner, the University launched the Graduate School of Media and Communications in Nairobi – the first of seven Graduate Professional Schools and a sign of AKU’scommitment to becoming a comprehensive university.


INVESTING IN EXCELLENCE WITH YOUR SUPPORT
Thank you. You responded with extraordinary enthusiasm and generosity when we shared our plans to serve more people, provide scholarships for deserving students, enhance quality, boost research capacity, expand our campuses and grow into a comprehensive university. We celebrate your support and all that it is making possible

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