Varsity’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition a Resounding Success


Over 2,000 people from diverse backgrounds have visited Aga Khan University’s 40th Anniversary exhibition titled ‘A Transformative Vision’.


This immersive experience, celebrating the vision of the University’s founder and Chancellor, His Highness the Aga Khan and the dedication of countless individuals to the international growth and impact of AKU, has gained widespread acclaim for its innovative approach.


Open to the public, A Transformative Vision has attracted diplomats, students, educationists, journalists, UNESCO chairs, entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals among others. Visitors have been amazed by the intricate blend of audio-visual elements that bring AKU’s journey vividly to life.


Ivy Onami, an interior designer said,

A sensory experience. It was great learning about Aga Khan outside the hospital and learning more of its sustainability and innovative ventures. As an architect I enjoyed the intricate details & tradition that are replicated in a lot of the building designs in various countries.”


Professor Alfred Mutema, a leader in medical education said,

Very good historical aspect of the growth and development of the university. I am happy of the tremendous development of the university.”


Featuring rarely seen photography, video, artefacts and documents, new interviews and surprising details, A Transformative Vision exhibition captures AKU’s evolution from a single campus and hospital in Pakistan to the internationally recognized institution with programmes and campuses throughout East Africa, South and Central Asia, and the UK.


The exhibition is on an international tour with its first stop in Nairobi following a successful showing at AKU’s campus in Karachi, Pakistan in November 2023. It documents AKU’s journey in East Africa following the Aga Khan Development Network’s rich 100-year history in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.


It was an inspiring and engaging exhibition that highlighted what selfless leadership can achieve in driving revolutionary learning and impact,” 

said Honourable Nasra Nanda, Member of County Assembly in Nairobi and CEO of the Kenya Green Building Society.


Joseph Taremwa, a journalist based in Uganda said,

It was inspiring to attend this exhibition. The transformation journey of Aga Khan University is important for this world to get better.”


A Transformative Vision was curated by The Citizens Archive of Pakistan with additional curation for the Nairobi showing by Suzanne Wanjaria, a well-known exhibition designer and developer in Kenya. Ms Wanjaria specializes in crafting engaging public programmes within the realm of museums and exhibitions.


The exhibition will remain open until July 7th, 2024, offering a final opportunity for the public to engage with this enriching experience.


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