It gives me immense pleasure to share the conferment of ASPIRE Recognition of Excellence Awards in areas of Student Assessment and Student Engagement in the Undergraduate Medical Education (MBBS) programme of the Medical College, Pakistan at the annual conference of Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) in Prague, Czech Republic on Sunday, August 25, 2013.
AMEE is a worldwide organisation with members in 90 countries on five continents. With the aim to promote outstanding performance and excellence in medical schools in terms of their mission and teaching and learning programmes, taking into account the challenges and contexts in which the school is operating, AMEE at its annual conference in August 2012 at Lyon, France, initiated ASPIRE, a programme that recognizes international excellence in education in a medical school and invited medical schools to participate in a pilot to help crystalize their standards for recognition of excellence and to test their submission process in the three initially selected areas of Student Assessment in a Medical School, Student Engagement in the Medical School and Social Accountability of a Medical School. In addition to Aga Khan University Medical College, Pakistan, twenty other schools from countries around the world including, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and United States of America participated in the pilot.
ASPIRE invited formal submissions for recognition of excellence in the three areas in February 2013. Medical Schools from around the globe participated for recognition of excellence including Aga Khan University Medical College, Pakistan. In addition to conferring ASPIRE Recognition of Excellence Certificates in Student Assessment and in Student Engagement to Aga Khan University Medical College, Pakistan, a press release was also be issued by ASPIRE and information is on the ASPIRE website (www.aspire-to-excellence.org), on the AMEE website and in the esteemed journal Medical Teacher.
I am confident that our resourceful, dedicated and committed faculty, staff, students and alumni would continue to bring many such laurels to the University and Pakistan.