Partnership and Collaboration
The Aga Khan University and McMaster University have had a historic and profound partnership that dates back to 1983, when the first cohort of nurses went from the AKU's School of Nursing to McMaster University to undertake BScN study and participate in 6-month long work-study placements.
With the help of McMaster University, an undergraduate nursing programme was initiated at the School in 1988 that sought to prepare nurses for higher education and leadership roles in Pakistan.
In 1994, SONAM and McMaster University implemented the Development of Women Health Professionals programme with funding from Canada's international development agency. The DWHP programme helped Pakistani women earn a degree in nursing and also prepared them for leadership positions in health-planning and policy-making.
Since then SONAM has become a regional centre for nursing education. In November 2008, AKU and McMaster University signed a Memorandum of Understanding to renew the partnership. The vision for the next phase of this partnership is to develop innovative and effective models of higher education as well as practice and policy in nursing and midwifery that is catered to the needs of developing countries through cutting-edge education and research programmes.