​DED Consultancy

The Department for Educational Development (DED), Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), aspires to emerge as a Centre of excellence in Health Professions Education (HPE) in the region. It is a resource for FHS, Aga Khan University (AKU) and other national and international institutions. DED strives to achieve this by introducing philosophical underpinnings and promoting excellence in undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate education through academic programmes, courses and other faculty development initiatives.

The department promotes innovative curricula, technology enhanced learning, excellence in assessment, and creating a conducive learning environment. DED takes pride in spearheading continuous improvement of educational programmes and systems through quality assurance and periodic evaluation. It also conducts, encourages and disseminates research in HPE.

DED plays a pivotal role in assuring and enhancing the quality of education at the faculty of health sciences through its presence and participation on key educational committees at medical college and school of nursing and midwifery.

The DED has been instrumental to the Aga khan University receiving the ASPIRE - International Award for Excellence in Medical Education in the areas of Assessment and Student Engagement in 2013. Recognizing DED as a center for excellence in these areas.

The DED has in the past carried out various consultancies both nationally and internationally; some of the past consultancies include:

•    Eastern Mediterranean Medical Education Survey (EMMES) in Pakistan, 2014. A survey organized by Association for Medical Education in the Eastern Mediterranean, (regional organization for World Federation for Medical Education (WFME))
•    Faculty development workshops in assessment for French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC), Afghanistan.
•    Setting up the national examination system for community midwives for Pakistan Nursing Council.
•    Developing standards for first level healthcare facilities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Technical Resources Facility.
DED offers consultancies and training in health professions education to higher education institutions, hospitals and health ministries in the areas of modern learning-teaching methods, curriculum design, academic leadership and assessment as well as management of quality assurance processes.

For more information about the consultancy DED offers contact: ded@aku.edu