Aga Khan University (AKU) has officially opened the Aga Khan Health Centre in
Arusha. Located on Seth Benjamin Street, within the central business district, the
Health Centre is a modern facility that offers high quality health care
services. These include physician consultations, a wide range of diagnostic
services including a CT scanner, ultra sound, a modern laboratory and pharmacy.This
Centre was established last year in June 2012 as a first step to AKU’s major
presence in Arusha.
Honorable Stanslaus Mageso
Mulongo the Regional Commissioner in Arusha was Chief Guest at the opening
ceremony that was presided over by Mr Firoz Rasul President of AKU. The
ceremony was attended by senior government officials, diplomats, members of the
East African secretariat, corporates, donors, prominent citizens and members of
Honourable Mulongo noted
that the Aga Khan Health Clinic in Arusha is a much needed service and a benchmark for high quality health care in the region. He further noted that AKU is
planning to establish a hospital in its principal campus site that will provide
quality service for specialised and critical care at internationals standards.
He further noted the hospital will be a
welcome facility that will enable the residents of Arusha and beyond access world
class care, a much needed service in the region.
The Regional Commissioner
commended His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of the Aga Khan University for
his immense contribution to the development of education, healthcare, culture,
infrastructure development, economic growth, and tourism not only in Arusha but
in Tanzania, East Africa and beyond.
He applauded the University’s
future plans to establish a principle campus in Arusha boosting the city’s
vision of being the regional hub for East Africa.He concluded by noting that “The
substantial investment by Aga Khan University in Arusha will create new jobs,
economic activity and educational opportunities for our people” and said the
Government is open to new investment to help develop the Arusha Region.
In his welcome remarks Mr. Firoz
Rasul said that the Arusha campus will be a new community with
a vibrant educational center that will nurture the region’s future
leadership. The project will involve the
development of academic and research facilities; student residences
and amenities; a library; student centre and auditorium; sports facilities; a
new hospital, a school as well as housing and amenities for faculty and staff.
campus will house the Faculty of Arts and Sciences that will offer
undergraduate and graduate studies in a merit-based and interdisciplinary
educational programme tailored to the opportunities and challenges of
contemporary East Africa. Graduate professional schools in Law; Media and
Communications; Tourism and Leisure; Management; Government and Public Policy;
Architecture & Human Settlement; and Economic Growth and Development will also
Currently the Aga Khan University is working with the
Regional and District Commissioners on a Regional Plan to improve the
infrastructure of the Arusha Region, including roads, water management,
community facilities, and public amenities. AKU is also cooperating with Nelson
Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology to develop the Arusha
region as a higher education hub for East Africa.
on AKU’s long term commitment in the region, Mr. Rasul said that the University
plans to invest over USD 1 billion towards establishing its campuses throughout
the region adding more than 10,000 new jobs to the current 2000 already working
for the Aga Khan University in East Africa.
He concluded by thanking the donors,corporate,non-governmental organisations, partners
and the government of Tanzania for their continued support towards making AKU's
vision a reality.