The Resident Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) accompanied by officials from the Aga Khan University met with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Education in Dodoma on May 19, 2016 to brief them on the expansion plans of the Aga Khan University (AKU) in Tanzania and seek government support on these projects.
The Aga Khan Development Network, of which the Aga Khan University is an integral part, has been serving Tanzania for over 100 years in the education and health sectors. Continuing this longstanding contribution to Tanzania, there are several major expansion projects planned by the Aga Khan University in education:
- Constructing, in phases, AKU’s Principal Campus for East Africa in Arusha to house the academic buildings of AKU’s Faculty of Arts and Science, several graduate professional schools, an AKU Hospital, community health centre, research centre, an Aga Khan School, and housing for students, faculty, staff, and others; and
- Constructing new permanent facilities for AKU’s Institute for Educational Development for teacher development and school improvement to be co-located with an Aga Khan Academy, an international standard school from K to 12, on Sam Nujoma Road in Dar es Salaam.
These significant AKDN projects will bring direct investment in excess of US $360 million to Tanzania, and when fully constructed create 10,000 full time permanent jobs and teach 10,000 learners per year. As a result of this investment, Tanzania will benefit from the multiplier economic impact of over US $3.2 billion and 30,000 jobs once the development is at cruising speed. This is one of the single largest investments in the social development sector in Tanzania and the region