Aga Khan Univer​sity is a unique hybrid: an institution of academic excellence that is also an agent for social development. A leading source of me​dical, nursing and teacher education​, research and public service in the developing world, the University prepares men and women to le​​ad ​change in their societies and to thrive in the global economy. AKU’s faculty, students and graduates go where the need is greatest, working in informal urban settlements, remote villages and regions where conflict or neglect has decimated basic services. Indeed, in m​any cases, such com​munities are their homes. ​

Guided by the principles of impact, quality, relevance and access, the University has campuses and programmes in Pakistan​, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Afghanistan and the United Kingd​o​m. It operates teaching hospitals in Karachi and Nairobi, Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Medical Colleges, Institutes for Educational Development, the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations , the Graduate School of Media and Communications, the East African Institute and the Institute for the Study of Human Development. 

AKU also runs an Examination Board ​and manages the French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul, Afghanistan.

At AKU, students flourish in a welcoming, supportive environment that embraces pluralism, demands excellence and encourages leadership, teamwork, intellectual curiosity, debate and direct engagement with real-world problems. Admission to the University is based on merit, without regard to financial need.​​​​​​​​​​


Aga Khan Universi​ty operates on the values of quality, relevance, impact and access to build an environment that fosters intellectual freedom, distinction in scholarship, pluralism, compassion and humanity's collective responsibility for a sustainable physical, social and cultural environme​nt. ​​Read more...​​​


Since 1983, AKU has been ma​king a difference in the developing world by enabling promising young men and women to realize their potential and by creating innovative so​lutions to pressing problems.​ ​Read more...​​​​​​​​​


  • ​2,21​3​ students
  • 14,245​ alu​​mni
  • Over two-third​s of our graduates are women
  • 13,300+ faculty and s​taff
  • Programmes in six countries: Pakistan, Afghan​is​tan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and the United Kingdom​​​​​​​​​​


AKU aims to create a dynamic teaching and learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities across all its campuses


From research achievements to quality in academics and healthcare, AKU has earned recognition both nationally and internationally.

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