According to the European Community’s INE PEA programme, “Worldwide there are 11 million deaths of children under five each year. As many as 65 percent of these could be prevented by known and affordable interventions. This failure to apply knowledge to action, known as the ‘Know-Do Gap’, is particularly high in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya, where 100 million people are served by only 7,500 doctors and 70,000 nurses and midwives”.
In an era when the wealth of a nation has become even more closely tied to the health and education of its population, closing the “Know-Do Gap” is essential. Aga Khan University (AKU) has therefore announced a dramatic expansion of its nursing, medical and education programmes in both Pakistan and East Africa. AKU is doubling the size of its student body and tripling the overall size of the facilities at its respective campuses.
The University is also moving ahead with plans to become a comprehensive centre for learning with the construction of a new campus for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). This new campus, to be located on 1,100 acres on the outskirts of Karachi, will offer a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, from archaeology to quantum physics, from music to South Asian history. In the first phase, FAS will enrol 1,500 undergraduate and 100 postgraduate students.
In East Africa, a new US$ 250 million Faculty of Health Sciences is being built in Nairobi. A second campus, in Arusha, Tanzania will augment the University’s medical and educational development programmes in the region with an expansion of academic programmes in the liberal arts. The Arusha and Nairobi projects of the Aga Khan University together represent a US$ 700 million investment in tertiary education in East Africa.