At a ceremony in Glasgow, United Kingdom, the Aga Khan University Medical College received the AMEE (Association for Medical Education Europe) 2023 Stellar Award.
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Institutions who have received three ASPIRE-to-Excellence awards are given the Stellar Award. In 2013 and 2022, respectively, AKU won prizes for outstanding assessment and student participation, as well as curriculum development. AKU received the Stellar Award certificate this year at the AMEE 2023 conference since it has won three awards in a row with attendees from all over the world. These honors, which were established in 2013, go above the usual accrediting procedure and recognize top-tier educational performance.
Over 50 global institutions have received ASPIRE-to-Excellence award(s), but AKU is only the third ever to get the Stellar Award for receiving recognition across three or more categories and the only one from Asia. The other two are from USA and UK.
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“The award recognises AKU’ consistent commitment to excellence which is aligned with local health needs. Faculty development, a supportive learning environment for students, community outreach and utilization of technology are all integral components for the creation of a holistic, forward-looking and solution-based system of healthcare education,” said Dr Sadaf Khan, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Associate Professor of Surgery at AKU.
“This is indeed a moment of pride for Pakistan and its academic community,” said Dr Adil Haider, Dean of AKU Medical College. He lauded the faculty and staff for ‘their outstanding contributions in maintaining the highest academic quality’.
AMEE is an international association for health professions education with over 30,000 members in over 130 countries across five continents that promotes excellence in healthcare education.