Dr Ghiath Barakat, Syria’s Minister of Higher Education (right), and Mr Firoz Rasul, President of Aga Khan University (left), sign an agreement to further develop the healthcare sector in the country. The signing of the agreement was witnessed by the Aga Khan (centre) and Prime Minister Muhammad Naji Al-Otri (standing right). Photo/AKDN, GARY OTTE

DAMASCUS, Sunday – The Ministries of Health and Higher Education of the Government of Syria and Aga Khan University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance capacity in the health sector

The agreement was signed at the Office of the Prime Minister in Damascus and witnessed by Syrian Prime Minister, Mr Muhammad Naji Al-Otri and the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims.

The Aga Khan is the founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Chancellor of the Aga Khan University.

He was in Syria on a six-day official visit.

The memorandum, which provides a framework for cooperation in nursing education and hospital quality assurance, was signed by Dr Maher Al-Husami, Minister of Health, Dr Ghiath Barakat, Minister of Higher Education and Mr Firoz Rasul, President of AKU, witnessed by Mr Mohamed Seifo, AKDN Representative in Syria.

The signing of the memorandum marks the expansion of an existing, successful partnership between the Government of Syria and the Aga Khan.


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