Word from the Director

Welcome and thank you for choosing to visit the website of The Aga Khan University (AKU) Institute for Educational Development (IED) in East Africa. 

As the Director of IED, strengthening our programmes through our faculty and students while serving the developing world is our priority. Our Mission is to be an Institution of distinction that is committed to the development of human capacities by disseminating knowledge on the core principles of: quality, access, impact and relevance. 

​With our far-reaching approach, research- oriented and relevance-based practices, IED is an institution that is dedicated to building an environment that fosters intellectual freedom. 

The Institute for Educational Development (IED-EA) provides outstanding Graduate Education from top rated Faculty. The Institute was established ten  years ago in 2007 and has  grown impressively in numbers and in quality. Currently we have a faculty to student ratio of 1:3. The size of faculty members has also grown in numbers and as research leaders in the region. Community outreach activities through our Continuing Education and Long Life Learning programme is the central driver of our service in the developing region. 

We pride ourselves with the diverse programmes that we offer which are country targeted and regionally relevant. The community outreach programmes actively engage local communities and governments . This mode of operation has strengthened the vibrant nature of our faculty because what they teach is combined in theory and practice.

Our beneficiaries across The East African region are impressed with the impact observed in the communities we serve. It is with this in mind that we aim to do more in serving the East African region at a broader perspective in enhancing educational development. 


Professor Joe Lugalla
Director​