Educators have a responsibility to help students achieve their full potential. Whether you are a new teacher, or a life-long educator, it is important to set high standards and use the most effective techniques to make learning engaging and fun.

The Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED) collaborates with teachers and partners to identify and deliver best practices in teaching standards and methods.

International Partners

The high-quality professional development programmes offered by the Institute have been developed in collaboration with several partner institutions. A few key international partners in this process include:

  • Oxford University, United Kingdom
  • Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Sheffield-Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom
  • Oslo University College, Norway
  • University of Alberta, Canada

In 1993, AKU-IED established partnerships with two renowned universities, Department of Educational Studies, University of Oxford, UK and the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada.

The partnerships provided an opportunity to exchange ideas on quality assurance and conducting field-based teacher education. The University of Oxford provided opportunities for AKU-IED faculty members to teach at Oxford, as well as co-edit and co-author a book with the Oxford University faculty.  

The partnerships with other universities have resulted in:

  • Lending credibility, providing quality assurance and enhancing the status of AKU-IED. This has been one of the most important outcomes of the partnerships
  • Innovative curriculum development
  • Faculty development through participation of AKU-IED faculty in PhD programmes at partner universities
  • Availability of partner universities' faculty for teaching
  • Joint research/publication


AKU-IED has links with the Sheffield-Hallam University (UK), Bristol University (UK), Phillips Academy (US), Oslo College (Norway), Aga Khan Development Network and various NGOs. Through the British Council Higher Education Link, Sheffield-Hallam University was instrumental in developing and conducting educational management programmes for AKU-IED.

Professional Teacher Associations Network

AKU-IED continues to pursue professional development of teachers and teacher educators in new and innovative ways. In this regard, the Institute has been actively supporting setting up of various national level professional associations.

The Professional Teacher Associations Network (PTAN) was established in 2002, with a generous support from AKU-IED and Aga Khan Foundation, Pakistan. PTAN is a cluster of nine voluntary associations striving for the professional development of teachers/head teachers.

Each association with its defined aims and objectives is managed by teachers on a voluntary basis.

The associations are:

  • Mathematics Association of Pakistan (MAP)
  • Science Association of Pakistan (SAP)
  • School Head teachers Association for Development of Education (SHADE)
  • Association for Social Studies Educators and Teachers (ASSET)
  • Association of Primary Teachers (APT)
  • Pakistan Association for Inclusive Education (PAIE)
  • Health Education Association for Learners/ Teacher/ Educators and Health workers (HEALTH)
  • Association for Promoting Ethics in Education (APEE)
  • Early Years Learning Association (EYLA)

These associations also collaborate with each other to utilise human and material resources. They conduct one-day sessions (workshops, interactive sessions, professional dialogues and case studies) once a month on Saturdays, summer session/ short courses, olympiads for children, symposium for teachers, conferences, seminars, on demand school sessions and internal and external collaborative sessions.

These associations also work to establish linkages with national and international associations on curriculum development, material and resource development and research. Members of these associations include individual teachers, schools and educational institutions.

For further information, visit the PTAN​ website.

Public and Private Institutions

The Institute also enjoys working relationship with various schools in the areas it serves.

The schools under the Aga Khan Education Service, Pakistan (AKES,P) and other developing countries were an obvious group to be included for collaborating because of their resources, organisational structures, prior experience and the will to engage in school improvement programmes which made them most receptive to AKU-IED initiatives.

Various government schools were selected as including teachers from the public sector was both necessary and desirable.

It was also considered important to include private schools. Private schools are often perceived to be providers of quality education. The human and financial resources already available to them could help to make the impact of AKU-IED interventions visible in a short span of time.

Collaboration with Government of Pakistan

AKU-IED works closely with the governments of Pakistan and other developing countries to help improve the quality of education.

AKU-IED faculty have made significant contributions to the development of the public sector educational system in Pakistan, which has been widely acknowledged at federal, provincial and district levels.

Recently, the success of our approach has influenced the Government of Sindh to consider a similar model to transform its teacher education institutions into centres of professional development.

AKU-IED has been collaborating with the public sector educational institutes of seven countries: Pakistan, including Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral; Zanzibar; Bangladesh; Tajikistan; Kyrgyzstan; Syria; and Afghanistan.