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 40 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.
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.