DAILY NEWS Reporter
Daily News; Friday,August 17, 2007 @00:01
THE leader of Ismaili Muslim Community, the Aga Khan, yesterday revealed plans to finance construction of a modern university in Arusha providing various specialized programmes during talks with the Vice-President, Dr Ali Mohamed Shein, at the State House.
He also told the VP that there were plans to elevate programmes offered by the Dar es Salaam-based Aga Khan University including introduction of masters and doctoral degrees in nursing.
The Aga Khan said funds for the proposed university in Arusha have already been set aside and a site for the institution identified.
His Highness, who started a three-day tour of the country yesterday, told the VP that introduction of masters and doctoral programmes at the Aga Khan University aims at fostering competence of Tanzanian health experts.
Dr Shein on the other hand, appealed to the Aga Khan University to have in place a special programme for neglected tropical diseases and devise ways to wipe them out.
The Aga Khan said the best way to eradicate the diseases was conducting thorough research.
The vice-president also thanked the Aga Khan for the support in various sectors such as education, health and tourism, noting that the assistance enables the government to bring about development to its people.
He is today scheduled to meet members of the Ismaili community in Tanzania and tomorrow he is to pay a courtesy call on President Amani Abeid Karume and then meet President Jakaya Kikwete.
As head of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, the Aga Khan has been particularly interested in the elimination of global poverty; the advancement of the status of women; the promotion of Islamic culture, art, and architecture and furthering pluralistic values in society.
He is the founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, one of the largest private development networks in the world, which works towards social, economic and cultural development in Asia and Africa.