Firoz Rasul, President of the Aga Khan University addressed an audience at the Ismaili Centre, London on 8 July 2010, in which he looked ahead towards the University's next 25 years.
In the next 25 years, said President Rasul, AKU will take an important evolutionary step to become a comprehensive university. With a vision for the University “to be on the frontiers of scientific and humanistic knowledge,” the President discussed AKU's plans to offer programmes in the liberal arts, media and communications, law and public policy, and government. He also talked about the University's plans to build several new campuses and to embark on regional integrated health care strategies in South and Central Asia and East Africa.
About the Aga Khan University
Chartered in 1983, Aga Khan University is a private, autonomous university that promotes human welfare through research, teaching and community service. Based on the principles of quality, access, impact and relevance, the University has campuses and programmes in Afghanistan, East Africa, Egypt, Pakistan, Syria and the United Kingdom. Its facilities include teaching hospitals, Nursing Schools and a Medical College, Institutes for Educational Development, an Examination Board and an Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations. It occupies a pivotal place within the Aga Khan Development Network.
About Firoz Rasul
Firoz Rasul joined Aga Khan University as its President in 2006. Previously, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ballard Power Systems, a world leader in fuel cell technology, and has held other leadership positions in the private sector. Mr Rasul's past voluntary roles include serving as Chairman of Focus Humanitarian Assistance Canada, as a member of the University of British Columbia's Board of Governors and as a Director of Science World British Columbia. He was also President of the Ismaili Council for Canada for six years, and led the development of various high level projects for the Aga Khan Development Network, including the Global Centre for Pluralism and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.
Firoz Rasul holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom and a Masters degree in Business Administration from McGill University in Canada. Simon Fraser University in British Columbia conferred the Degree of Doctors of Laws, honoris causa, on Mr Rasul in 2001.