KARACHI: The Aga Khan University (AKU) on Wednesday welcomed into office President Sulaiman Shahabuddin, the university’s third president since its founding in 1983.
President Shahabuddin leads an institution that has 3,200 students on three continents, cares for two million patients in a typical year and has recently been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities in several fields thanks to its research prowess, says a press release.
He succeeds Firoz Rasul, who has retired after leading AKU to new heights during the 15 years he served as president.
President Shahabuddin is uniquely well prepared to lead the AKU. He is an accomplished health care leader who previously served as Regional CEO of the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) in East Africa, which cares for more than one million patients annually.
He was born, raised and educated in Pakistan, and has spent the last two decades living and working in Kenya and Tanzania.
“Today is the proudest moment of my career,” President Shahabuddin said. “AKU’s excellence in education, research and health care delivery, public-service ethos and ability to bring people together across boundaries of all kinds make it unlike any other university in the world. In returning to AKU, I feel that I am coming home.”
“With Sulaiman Shahabuddin at its helm, Aga Khan University is in good hands,” said Dr Haile Debas, Chairman of the AKU Board of Trustees and the former Chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco.