Through its Master of Education degree and short and certificate courses, the Institute for Educational Development in Dar es Salaam develops educators who are transforming classroom instruction and school management, replacing traditional methods of rote learning with a student-centered approach that builds problem-solving skills and encourages independent thinking. Many IED alumni hold important positions in public and private education systems, enabling them to advocate for and implement new policies and reforms that impact large numbers of students.
To date, the Institute has awarded more than 250 master’s degrees and trained more than 3,000 educators through its certificate programmes, short courses and workshops.
In 2014, the Institute’s faculty and alumni worked together to train more than 800 secondary school head teachers in Uganda under a grant from the World Bank and in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. The Institute is currently working with other agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network to improve education at the pre-primary and primary levels in marginalized areas of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda as part of a five-year, $31.8 million project funded by the Canadian government and the Aga Khan Foundation, Strengthening Education Systems in East Africa. In Tanzania, the project is focused on Mtwara and Lindi.
The Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery programme in Dar es Salaam aims to strengthen health systems in Tanzania by upgrading nursing skills, improving the quality of health care and developing new and more professional nursing courses.<--break->In responding to the need for health sector reform in Tanzania, the programme is tailored to ensure health services are more responsive to the needs of the people and uses an innovative curricular approach that enables nurses to obtain professional qualifications while working. Between 2005 and 2016, 295 nurses were awarded diplomas and 311 graduated with post-Registered Nurse Bachelor of Science Nursing degrees.
In addition, the University trains urgently needed specialist physicians in family medicine, surgery and internal medicine through its four-year, full-time Postgraduate Medical Education programme at the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam.
The Aga Khan University Faculty of Arts and Sciences (AKU- FAS) in Arusha will offer undergraduate and graduate studies that are tailored to meet the opportunities and challenges of contemporary East Africa. This marks the transformation of AKU from a university focused on the health sciences and education to a comprehensive university with a strong emphasis on the study of the liberal arts.