In East Africa, campuses and programmes have been established in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda for studies in medicine, nursing and education.
Twenty-eight per cent or little more than a quarter of the total AKU student body worldwide is enrolled in these three countries.
The Advanced Nursing Studies programme delivers diploma and degree programmes to upgrade the quality of nursing in all three countries. Postgraduate Medical Education is offered in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, providing clinical training in a wide range of medical specialties to young doctors aspiring to become specialists. In addition, the University has launched the Institute of Educational Development, also in Dar es Salaam, to enable teachers to upgrade their capabilities by learning from innovative curriculum design, pedagogy and assessment.
AKU is also investing in new faculties and campuses in East Africa. A Faculty of Health Sciences and a Faculty of Arts and Sciences are to be built in Nairobi and Arusha respectively. The Faculty of Health Sciences will include a Medical College offering undergraduate and graduate medical degrees and a School of Nursing and Midwifery that will offer professional programmes to new college entrants rather than upgradation programmes to registered working nurses.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Arusha, Tanzania will be the University's principal campus in East Africa with over 1,500 undergraduate and several hundred graduate students.
AKU has also established a new Graduate School of Media and Communications. Committed to quality, its aim is to advance excellence in media performance and strengthen ethical media practices in the continent and the developing world. Based in Nairobi and opening in 2011, it is the first of many graduate schools planned for East Africa.