Agha Khan University and the University of Washington have signed a memorandum of understanding to initiate collaborative activities, with an aim of leveraging and expanding research, service and education activities.
Per the agreement, UW will offer technical advice and assistance pertaining to data and implementation sciences to AKU and AKDN and will also support them in transforming AKU into a research-centred varsity. Both parties will also expand research endeavors and will offer joint student and faculty exchanges.
The joint agreement was signed by Aga Khan University President Firoz Rasul and University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce. The Aga Khan Development Network was represented by Prince Rahim Aga Khan, Princess Salwa Aga Khan and AKU Provost, Carl Amrhein.
University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce said, “We are honoured to partner with Aga Khan University to advance the health and well-being of communities around the globe. By combining our respective strengths and shared values, we can be a powerful force for creating access to healthcare and education, as well as supporting research and discovery.”
Different collaborative activities have been initiated between UW and AKU in the past as well including the launch of international paid internship programme for positions in Africa and Asia for UW students and graduates, joint initiatives to develop research capacity in HIV/Aids and HPV and a number of other faculty based collaborations.
Aga Khan University President Firoz Rasul said, “Ultimately, this partnership is about two universities based on opposite sides of the globe coming together on the basis of their shared values to advance knowledge and create opportunities for learning and discovery that benefit people in both the developed and developing worlds.”
The University of Washington was established in 1861 and is regarded as one of the leading higher education and research institutes of the world. The UW was ranked as the 14th best university of the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2018. Since 1974, the varsity ranks among the top five eminent US varsities that receive federal research funding to carry out their research endeavours.
The Aga Khan University is one of the leading varsities of the developing world and has been imparting medical and research-centred education to students in Pakistan, since its inception in 1983. The varsity operates a wide range of degree programmes in Pakistan and administers sub-campuses in countries including Kenya, Afghanistan, United Kingdom, Tanzania and Uganda. AKU treats more than two million patients annually and administers seven hospitals and 300 medical centres.
AKU is one of the leading agencies of the extensive Aga Khan Development Network, one of the principal private international development organisation globally. The organisation works in Central Asia, Africa and South Asia and assists the disadvantaged in improving their living conditions through a multi-faceted approach to development and advancement that includes social, cultural and economic aspects.