54 passed out at 10th Aga Khan graduation

Some of the students who graduated from Aga Khan University in Kampala yesterday. PHOTO BY RACHEL MABALA

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The students graduated in Bachelor of Nursing and Diploma in General Nursing.


At least 54 students graduated at the 10th Aga Khan University (AKU), Kampala convocation ceremony at the weekend.
Mr Firoz Rasul, the AKU president yesterday commended parents for their support which enabled the 26 Bachelor of Science in Nursing and 28 diploma in General Nursing students attain their awards.

He asked the graduates to be ambassadors of the institution by promoting values of professional competence with capacity to solve problems through critical thinking and high ethical standards. “Behind every graduate, there is a story of dedication and commitment- a story of parental and familial guidance and encouragement,” Mr Rasul told the graduates at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

Mr Rasul also said there were plans to establish an East African Institution, with Nairobi, Kenya being a centre of health services, Dar er Salam, Tanzania will have a teacher education institute and Kampala will have a hospital. “We are trying to create an East African University. We want East Africans to come together so that they understand what it means to be East African. Looking for international health standards, you don’t have to go to India because there will be specialists for cancer and cardiologists,” he said.

Another campus, to be set up in Arusha, Tanzania, is expected to cost about $500 million (Shs1.3 trillion) and will accommodate about 5,000 students.

The guest of honour, the East African Legislative Assembly speaker, Dr Margaret Nantongo Zziwa, said they were moving to supporting harmonisation of higher education in the five member states to allow easy integration. She also demanded that regional governments revise salaries for their employees especially the health workers to match the daily rising costs of living.