2022 Global Convocation Ceremony. According to the news, 660 students around the world tuned in to watch the Aga Khan University convocation ceremony, which included graduates from Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Princess Zahra Aga Khan attended the ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya, and the university pledged to become carbon-neutral by 2030. Distinguished guest speaker Dr. Peter Kalmus is a climate scientist, author, and activist.
On behalf of His Highness the Aga Khan, Princess Zahra Aga Khan praised the graduates for their resilience and agility during the pandemic and praised the AKU’s contributions to its service countries.
Princess Zahra boasted that AKU had educated 18,000 people around the world. For more than two million patients each year, it serves as one of the top 100 public health universities in the world, according to the most recent rankings.”
For the government, it serves as an advisor and powerful advocate for pluralism and women’s empowerment. There has never been a more pressing need for the university’s ability to conduct cutting-edge research than now.
The speakers emphasized the necessity of addressing climate change as soon as possible. The Aga Khan Development Network, which includes the AKU, has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2030.
The university is one of the first in Pakistan and East Africa to commit to carbon neutrality… At no cost, it has developed a unique accounting tool that can be used by other universities and hospitals to analyze their emissions.
Climate activists, according to Peter Kalmus, “need to be hugely engaged, passionate, and courageous.”
Together, we can stop the meteor that’s hurtling toward us with courage, conviction, and creativity,” he continues. Global warming threatens everyone. This pale blue dot of a planet is so small and interconnected that no one can escape it.
President Sulaiman Shahabuddin was also inaugurated at the global convocation ceremony, making him the third president of the AKU in its 39-year history.
Mr. Shahabuddin, who described himself as “profoundly honored” by the chancellor’s choice, said he would continue the university’s mission of generating and applying knowledge to solve pressing issues in Africa, Asia, and beyond.
He cited the AKU’s cutting-edge work in AI, stem cells, gene editing, and children’s health.
This includes new medical and nursing degree programs, a new Aga Khan University Hospital and University Center in Kampala as well as a new Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Karachi, all of which are part of the AKU’s expansion plans in East Africa.
“No AKU class has worked harder for this moment than you have,” Princess Zahra told the members of the Class of 2021 in all four countries. Lockdowns, quarantines, and other forms of isolation have been part of your life for the past two years.
Your accomplishments during this pivotal time will serve as a source of inspiration for you in the years to come.”
At the Medical College in Karachi’s graduation ceremony, Adnan Ali Khan said the same thing.
This class of AKU grads will be one of the most tenacious, resilient, and open-minded groups of professionals to come from this institution, he predicted. My entire class is ready, and I think I speak for them all when I say this: “We are ready.””
Medical Colleges, Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Institutes for Educational Development, Graduate School of Media and Communications, and Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations awarded diplomas and degrees to their students.