Aga Khan University (AKU), a private research university located in Karachi, Pakistan, has not only flourished but has also become a valued and trusted partner of governments, various international agencies and other universities across the world.
Founded in 1983, the university was named after its famed benefactor and philanthropist, Aga Khan IV.
- Aga Khan University alone accounts for about 70 per cent of all biomedical research in Pakistan
- The University library boasts of 130,000 books in print, 110,000 e-Books, 45,000 bound volumes of scholarly journals and 64,000 e-journals
- With a faculty and staff strength of 13,000, five campuses and three teaching sites, the University runs its academic programmes in Afghanistan, East Africa, Egypt, Syria and the UK
BLAZE TO BRILLIANCE
The university holds the unique distinction of being one of the first private-sector universities in Pakistan. The Aga Khan University alone accounts for about 70 per cent of all biomedical research in Pakistan. It has consistently maintained its high ranking position and was ranked as one of the top institutions in the ‘medical school’ category by the HEC as of 2013. In addition, the university secured its position among the 250 Asian universities ranking by the British company, Quacquarelli Symonds.
As an international institution, AKU operates on the core principles of quality, relevance, impact and access.
Inspired by Islamic ethics, humanistic ideals and the philosophy of Aga Khan Development Network, the University is committed to building an environment that fosters intellectual freedom, distinction in scholarship, pluralism, compassion and humanity’s collective responsibility for a sustainable physical, social and cultural environment.
ENGAGEMENT THAT ENTHRALS
At every level of the administration and faculty, the University is deeply committed to the development of human potential through the discovery and dissemination of knowledge.
AKU was established to develop the leaders of tomorrow. Year after year, it continues to draw upon various cultures to teach critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. Ultimately, it is the powerful force of pluralism that promotes intellectual openness, tolerance and increased understanding between people of different societies.
With a faculty and staff strength of 13,000, five campuses and three teaching sites, the University runs its academic programmes in Afghanistan, East Africa, Egypt, Syria and the United Kingdom.
The University is planning three new faculties. These are Faculty of Arts & Sciences in Pakistan, Faculty of Arts & Sciences in East Africa and Faculty of Health Sciences in East Africa. The University library boasts of 130,000 books in print, 110,000 e-Books, 45,000 bound volumes of scholarly journals and 64,000 e-journals available from 30 different online databases.
Aga Khan University is an autonomous, international institution of distinction, primarily serving the developing world and Muslim societies in innovative and enduring ways. AKU is committed to the development of human capacities through the discovery and dissemination of knowledge, and application through service.
It seeks to prepare individuals for constructive and exemplary leadership roles, and shaping public and private policies, through strength in research and excellence in education, all dedicated to making meaningful contributions to society.