The Aga Khan University held its 15th Convocation ceremony in Kenya on Saturday, February 13, 2019 where Sixty-eight graduates were awarded degrees and diplomas in various disciplines: 13 graduated with a Diploma in Oncology Nursing, 24 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 18 with a Master of Medicine and 13 with a Master of Education degree.
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Education, Hon. Dr. Amina Mohamed attended as the chief guest of the ceremony, where she challenged academic institutions to increase their intake in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses to help bridge the unemployment gap by equipping students with practical skills that can help in entrepreneurship.
Two teachers were also awarded the Alumni Leadership for Education by Aga Khan University (AKU). Dr Anthony Maina Gioko, the vice principal for Professional Development and Outreach at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, and Elijah Ogoti, a teacher at Saint Theresa Tartar Girls School in West Pokot County, were recognised for their outstanding leadership in teaching. Both are graduates of AKU’s Institute for Educational Development.
The convocation ceremony was attended by the graduating students, their parents, faculty and staff members.
AKU has awarded more than 1,200 degrees and diplomas in Kenya and more than 3,000 in East Africa. The university’s professional development programmes have equipped another 900 Kenyan educators with new strategies for enhancing teaching and learning, thus benefitting 67,000 students.