The quality of human resources in a country directly affects the quality of governance. Over the last 25 years, the Aga Khan University (AKU) has been mandated to have an impact on the quality of human resources in the developing world, particularly in the health sciences and education.
AKU’s contributions to nursing alone have been significant, leading to a marked improvement in nursing education and patient care in Pakistan, Afghanistan, East Africa and Syria. It has also launched training programmes that cover the spectrum of qualitative indicators, with a special focus on creating “multiplier effects” through the professional development of medical and teaching personnel.
These programmes are complemented by a burgeoning body of research that is focused on the challenges of developing countries. The research underpins a third contribution: AKU's role as a trusted advisor to governments in Asia and Africa on healthcare reform and the development of primary, secondary and tertiary education systems.
Currently, AKU has 10 teaching sites, in Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and the UK, as well as Afghanistan, where it is delivering medical training. It is also providing technical assistance in Syria, Egypt and Tajikistan.