A recognised leader in the field of nursing education in the developing world, the Aga Khan University (AKU) has recorded numerous firsts in the course of educating nearly 6,000 nursing leaders in Pakistan and East Africa.
In Pakistan, AKU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery has been a national leader for more than 30 years and has played a key role in improving the reputation and practice of the nursing profession. It was the first nursing school in Pakistan to be affiliated with a university, the first to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the first to offer a Master of Science in Nursing.
The School’s impact on the development of nursing in Pakistan has been remarkable. Its curriculum has served as a template for the national nursing curriculum and its focus on community health has inspired other schools to follow its example. In 2001, the University began offering nursing degree programmes in East Africa, and has since educated 2,100 nurses in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
In East Africa and Pakistan, AKU-educated nurses act as change agents and leaders by providing outstanding care and by helping to improving the quality of care provided by other nurses. AKU's alumni lead nursing schools, serve as hospital head nurses and helm professional organisations.
An external review of the School’s first 25 years conducted by an international panel of nursing leaders reported that “the performance of the graduates in moving the nursing profession forward within Pakistan and internationally is impressive. Further, its role in the development of women within Pakistan and the Islamic context is incomparable and exceedingly important.
In just over 25 years, it has demonstrated immense development, which will ensure that it will hold an important place in the history of the nursing profession.” In 2013, the School recorded its latest first when it launched the first Bachelor of Science in Midwifery degree programme in Pakistan.