Welcome Message from the President​​​

​In so many ways, the Aga Khan University is a powerful force for good. 

Here, talented young women and men receive a life-changing education that prepares them to succeed in the global knowledge economy, to lead change at home and abroad and to collaborate with others in a diverse world. 

AKU’s cutting-edge research, innovation and practice are helping to address crucial problems facing Africa and Asia, including maternal and child mortality, pandemic diseases, gender inequality and the s​hortage of high-quality primary and secondary education. 

Every year, approximately 2 million people rely on our hospitals and health centres for everything from primary care to neurosurgery.

In all of the regions in which we work, AKU strives to meet international standards of excellence in higher education and health care delivery – and to inspire other organizations to do likewise. At the same time, we provide millions of dollars in patient welfare and financial assistance to ensure that cost does not prevent access to our hospitals and academic programmes.​

In an era of division, AKU works to increase understanding and collaboration across borders and boundaries of all kinds. We have a long record of successfully partnering with world-renowned universities, leading global institutions and local and national governments. 

For all these reasons, and for many others, I am proud to serve as President of the Aga Khan University. ​​


Dr Sulaiman Shahabuddin
President and Vice-Chancellor​

Global C​onvocation

"To be a teacher is to be able to give young minds the foundation they need to be responsible, c​reative and industrious citizens. To be a nurse or a doctor is to have the responsibility of creating healthy and prosperous societies. " said AKU President Sulaiman Shahabuddin.

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​​AKU’s Founder’s Day

The day brought together the global AKU community to pay tribute to the visionary leadership of our Chancellor, His Highness the Aga Khan, and to commemorate the growing impact of the University.​

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Generation restoration: opportunities for universities

Today, June 5th marks World Environment Day! Environment stewardship is a priority focus area for AKU and the AKDN. Please see this Op-Ed from President Shahabuddin published in a Tier 1 newspaper in Pakistan: Business Recorder. Similar efforts are underway in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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About President Dr Sulaiman Shahabuddin
Dr Sulaiman Shahabuddin is the third President of Aga Khan University, arriving in late 2021.

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Aga Khan University, Stadium Road

P. O. Box 3500, Karachi 74800, Pakistan

T: +92 21 3486 3900 | E: president@aku.edu​​​