Message from the Dean
I am pleased to welcome you to the Aga Khan University's Medical College, Pakistan.
The Aga Khan University Medical College, Pakistan was established at a time when higher education was considered the domain of state-run institutions. The concept of a private University, though widely accepted in the West, was foreign to this country. The University's birth is a testament to the vision, dedication and effort of its founder, His Highness the Aga Khan.
The Medical College, Pakistan which commenced operation in 1983 is an academic unit of the Faculty of Health Sciences, alongside the School of Nursing and Midwifery. At the Medical College, we offer a Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Surgery leading to an MBBS degree, Associate of Science in Dental Hygience, Master of Science in Epidemiology & Biostatistics (also with specialization in Clinical Research), Master of Science in Health Policy & Management, Master of Health Professions Education, PhD in Health Sciences (in the Biological and Clinical Sciences, Public and Population Health and Nursing disciplines). We also have an extensive Postgraduate Medical Education programme, currently comprising 33 Residency and 30 Fellowship programmes where emphasis is placed not only the acquisition of professional skills and knowledge but also on the development of professionalism.
In keeping pace with rapid advancements in medical education, to ensure integration of technology enhanced learning in its pedagogy and to improve acquisition of present and cutting edge clinical and other skills, the University is constructing a state-of-the-art Centre for Innovation in Medical Education. The facility will not only serve undergraduate, postgraduate medical, nursing and allied health students, but would also be available for professional and continuing education of practicing physicians.
Considering the urgent need for quality health care in war stricken Afghanistan and the University’s mandate of primarily serving the developing world, the Medical College, Pakistan, in collaboration with Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan, has initiated Residency programmes in Paediatric Medicine, Paediatric Surgery, Anaesthesiology, Pathology, Radiology, Cardiology and Orthopaedics at the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC), Kabul, Afghanistan. FMIC is currently an 85 bed paediatric healthcare facility managed by AKU under a partnership between the Governments of Afghanistan and France, Aga Khan Development Network and La Chaine de L'Espoir, a French humanitarian organization.
Cognizant of the fact that contribution to knowledge society is the hallmark of all leading academic institutions of the world and in our continued journey to be a truly research led University of the 21st century, we continue to foster and underpin our research culture and capacities, and forge new multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research collaborations.
To further expand on what has already been achieved and in our pursuit of excellence, we are establishing Centres of Excellence in the areas of Woman & Child Health, Neurosciences, Oncology, Cardiac Services, Diagnostic Services, Emergency Medicine and Trauma Care. These Centres of Excellence will propel AKU to new heights and will focus on education, research and clinical care in a more comprehensive and holistic manner.
I would like to take this opportunity to share with you that based on the rankings released by Higher Education Commission in February 2012 and July 2013, Aga Khan University has been ranked as the # 1 University in Pakistan in the Medical category in both the public and private sector. The AKU Medical College, Pakistan was also recently conferred with ASPIRE Excellence Awards in Student Assessment and Student Engagement in the Curriculum at the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference 2013 held in Prague, Czech Republic.
I encourage you to visit us frequently to learn more about our exciting endeavours and I look forward to having you join us as students, faculty, staff, volunteers, supporters and as well-wishers of the University.
With many best wishes,
Dr Farhat Abbas
Dean, Medical College, Pakistan
Aga Khan University