Dar es Salaam, 20 February 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam is commencing a ten-day visit to East Africa today, marking the 15th anniversary of the Aga Khan University’s presence in the region. In his capacity as Chancellor of AKU, Hazar Imam will preside over convocation ceremonies in Dar es Salaam, Kampala and Nairobi.

Building on the success of its first decade-and-a-half in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, AKU has a bold plan that will guide its East African expansion over the next 15 years. The university aims to develop the skilled women and men that the region needs to carry itself forward in a new era of development.

Campuses, programmes and facilities are being developed in Nairobi, Arusha and Dar es Salaam that will support AKU’s transformation from an institution focused on the health sciences and education into a comprehensive university. This includes an undergraduate liberal arts programme as well as graduate schools that will contribute to the advancement of a range of professions.

Upon his arrival in Dar es Salaam, Hazar Imam was received by Hon Bernard Kamilius Membe MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Hon Dr Shukuru Jumanne Kawambwa MP, Minister of Education and Vocational Training. AKDN Representative Amin Kurji and Jehangir Bhaloo, President of the Ismaili Council for Tanzania also welcomed the Imam.