The Aga Khan University is a pioneering institution of higher education whose mission is to improve the quality of life in the developing world and beyond, through world-class teaching, research, and healthcare delivery. AKU educates students for local and global leadership from campuses and teaching hospitals in six countries, primarily in Asia and Africa. Aga Khan University generates new knowledge to solve problems that affect millions of people, especially the most vulnerable. The University is a private, not-for-profit institution and part of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.aku.edu).
Established in 2004, the Aga Khan University Medical College Tanzania seeks to provide high quality education for health professional leaders who will then go on to become reputable specialists generating a positive and lasting impact in the lives of their patients and in the communities they serve. It provides individuals with the opportunity to practice medicine at the highest level of education and research. The four-year training program leads to the award of a Master of Medicine in various specialties, including Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics & Child Health, and General Surgery. Candidates are selected for programs based on merit and their commitment to mastering the 21st century skills necessary to excel in medicine. The teaching style is evidence-based and involves direct hands-on practice under the supervision of experienced faculty, utilizing state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities at The Aga Khan Hospital in Dares Salaam, a Joint Commission International Accredited (JCIA) hospital.
The Associate Dean of the Medical College in Dar es Salaam occupies the most senior academic leadership role and serves as a representative of the college in Tanzania. The Associate Dean is responsible for providing the strategic direction of the Medical College in Tanzania and ensuring the highest quality standards are maintained for all the academic programmes (education and research), as well as the financial and operational management of the Medical College.
The Associate Dean serves as a liaison between the Medical College and the Aga Khan University's School of Nursing and Midwifery, as well as other Aga Khan University entities in Tanzania. The Associate Dean also serves as a strategic and operational link between the Medical College in East Africa and Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) in Tanzania, sitting as a member of the senior AKHS leadership team and developing a close working relationship with the Chief Executive Officer of AKHST. As part of the senior leadership of the Medical College in East Africa, the Associate Dean contributes to and supports the efficient operation of the institution; and is integral to the successful operation of the Medical College in East Africa.