In May 2012, FAS EA will invite distinguished academic, business and medical leaders from all over the globe to a high-level consultation meeting to review the Academic Design developed by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, East Africa.
The broad objective is to get comments on:
- The force of the arguments;
- The ideas
- The content
- Other important issues
Following this high level consultation the Academic Design will then take a final shape that will be presented to the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor of the University by mid 2012.
Planning for the FAS EA is based on an assessment of the current and anticipated regional context, with an eye also to the Indian Ocean and to the world as it affects the region. There is a widespread, deep and abiding urge in the region for good education and an increasing recognition, especially among intellectuals, that quality education is vital to the region’s capacity to face current and possible challenges.
New opportunities are emerging, such as a flourishing and content-hungry creative economy arising from rapidly-expanding bandwidth and digitisation of media, or in solutions that enhance the adaptive capacity of communities.
Impact of Regionalisation
Over the next few decades regional integration could forge both a workable economic entity as well as an increasingly viable regional identity through policy integration, political participation, and regional convergence. This should stimulate growth, integration and greater transparency in government.
It could also address problems of a regional nature, but can also raise new problems and stimulate self-assertion, especially among those communities previously split by boundaries.
Call for New Leadership
Opinion-makers and many in the population in the region call for new leadership that is more approachable, ethical, and transparent. Throughout the region, future leaders will need to be good listeners and compelling communicators, deep questioners and constant innovators. Such leaders would focus on inequity of wealth and opportunity, environmental responsibility, as well as the need to respect certain perspectives and knowledge of African traditions and marginalized groups. They would need to face global challenges such as climate change, brittle economic systems, and global competition.
Aga Khan University
Faculty of Arts and Sciences, East Africa
Aga Khan Sports Centre
Mtama road, Off 5th Parklands Ave
P.O. Box 30270-00100 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 3662552, + 254 20 2368770
Mobile: +254 735 800 107
Dr Bettina Ng'weno
Social Sciences and Humanities Programme Specialist
Dr Alex Awti
Natural and System Sciences Programme Specialist
Professor Onesmo oleMoiyoi
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