The Aga Khan University (AKU) has become a strategic partner of the HEA.
AKU, one of the developing world's leading sources of health and education research, is looking to support its teaching staff in their continuous professional development through HEA Fellowship.
The University aims to achieve HEA accreditation for its faculty development programme later this year. To initiate this work, a group of 12 experienced AKU staff will be supported in their applications for Fellowship and Senior Fellowship of the HEA through remote workshops led by the HEA's Professional Practice team. The workshops began this month. This group will become Fellowship "early adopters", subsequently supporting other AKU practitioners through Fellowship.
Dr. Tashmin Khamis, Director, Aga Khan University Network of Teaching and Learning, said, "We place huge importance on teaching at AKU and this initiative is a key part of our strategy to build on the academic experience of our students. I see HEA Fellowship as a great opportunity to reward and recognise staff for their commitment to teaching, and to encourage a culture of reflective practice and continuous professional development."
"Teaching is a dynamic process, and HEA Fellowship, underpinned by the Professional Standards Framework, is a great way to support a mind-set that's always looking to achieve more."
Kathryn Harrington-Graves, HEA Head of International Services, said, "We are very much looking forward to working with AKU and supporting their strategy for staff development. HEA Fellowship is internationally recognised, and the Professional Standards Framework is a robust vehicle at every career stage, from new-to-teaching to leadership roles in learning and teaching."
The Aga Khan University is an independent research led university which aims to be student centred, with its largest campus in Karachi, Pakistan, and additional campuses and training programmes in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, the United Kingdom and Afghanistan.