HAPPY GRADUATES. Winnie Koima [left] and
Eric Kibai [right] congratulated each other after being
awarded Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing from the
Aga Khan University. They were among 185 students who
graduated in the fields of Medicine and Nursing during
the fifth graduation ceremony of the University.

Marking 185 graduates in the field of Medicine and Nursing

Aga Khan University held its 5th Graduation ceremony at the Aga Khan Pavilion marking the graduation of 185 students in the fields of Medicine and Nursing.

Mr. Firoz Rasul, the President of (AKU) together with the guest of honour, Mr. Joseph G. M. Massaqoi, Director UNESCO warmly congratulated the graduands.

The colourful ceremony was attended by vice-chancellors, senior government officials, diplomats, national and international academicians, donors and prominent citizens and marked the award of Masters degrees to the first six students to complete the four year post graduate programme in Medicine (PGME) based at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.

A further 179 students graduated in the Advanced Nursing Studies Programme (ANS).

85 have earned Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing, 76 have qualified for Diplomas in General Nursing and 18 received specialist Diplomas in Accident, Emergency and Disaster Management.

The Aga Khan University introduced Post Graduate Medical Education in Nairobi in 2004.

The PGME programmes provides relevant and contextual learning for practice in Africa, with the objective of developing specialists in various fields of medicine who will have a far-reaching impact on the development of health systems in their respective countries.

Currently PGME is offered in seven disciplines at the Aga Khan University Hospital: Internal Medicine, Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology, Family Medicine, Clinical and Anatomic Pathology, Anesthesiology, Obstetrics-Gynecology and Paediatrics. A Family Medicine program is offered at the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar Es Salaam.

The Advanced Nursing Studies programme (ANS) which targets practising nurses and midwives was started in response to requests by government officials and nursing leaders in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and is aimed at contributing to the development of an efficient, effective, accessible and sustainable health system leading to the provision of services of a high quality to communities.

This programme includes Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Diploma in Nursing and a specialized diploma in Accident, Emergency and Disaster Management.

The courses are tailored to advance the skills and careers of nurses working in the health services in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

A Distance Learning Programme that has seen 725 students graduate in East Africa has proved to be very popular.

Aga Khan University is planning to establish a new Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Arusha, Tanzania along with a second Faculty of Health Sciences in Nairobi, Kenya.

This will be the first private sector university in Eastern Africa to create a full-fledged Faculty of Heath Sciences offering undergraduate and post graduate degrees in Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.

The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi celebrated its 50th Anniversary in September last year.

It was founded in 1958 as a community hospital and was transformed into a university hospital with the vision to become the premier tertiary teaching referral hospital in sub-Saharan Africa.

With state of the art equipment and facilities, the hospital is the leading health care institution in the region serving patients in the neighbouring countries including Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, DRC, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and Burundi.

Source: http://www.coastweek.com/3205-19.htm

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