Hyderabad: The Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad has recently celebrated its fifth Graduation Ceremony at its 100-acre campus near Shamshabad/RGI Airport.
84 students from the Class of 2018 concluded their International Baccalaureate journey at the Academy with a formal evening ceremony attended by fellow students, Academy senior management, faculty and staff as well as parents, extended families and invited guests.
The 2018 Graduation Ceremony was particularly an auspicious occasion, for it falls during the Diamond Jubilee year of His Highness the Aga Khan, which celebrates 60 years of His Highness being the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community.
Graduates will join the growing number of Academy alumni who have achieved remarkable success in both Academy results and university placements.
The Aga Khan Academies benefit from a unique partnership with the Province of Ontario in Canada that provides talented Academies graduates in financial need with tuition waivers to attend Ontario institutions of higher education.
This programme provides life-changing opportunities for these students, who have received financial support from the Aga Khan Academies during their earlier education.
The students help enrich and add diversity to their university communities through their talents, values and global experiences. Over the next five years, the Province will provide tuition waivers for up to 100 new students.
Speaking on the occasion, Salim Bhatia, Director of Academies, said “Academy students have benefitted directly from the vision, commitment, and immense generosity of Aga Khan.
When the foundation stone for the Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad was laid, His Highness quoted: ‘Specialised expertise, pragmatic temperament, mental resourcefulness – these are increasingly the keys to effective leadership, along with a capacity for intellectual leadership, which keeps one’s mind constantly open to a variety of viewpoints and welcomes pluralistic exchange.
In such a world, the most important thing a student can learn is the ability to keep on learning.’”
The Alumni scholarship awards value at approximately $17.7 million across five graduating cohorts. After 5 years, 269 alumni, 980 offers, over 150 universities in 11 countries, the Academy is steadily moving towards its goal of raising global citizens who are strongly rooted in the locally rooted dimension of an Academy experience, able to tackle the extraordinary challenges of today’s world with exceptional ability.
The mission of the Academies is to raise ‘homegrown leaders’ through service and stewardship who will make positive contributions to their future society and change outcomes across the developing world.
H.E Mr. Ambassador Arif Lalani, Head of the Department of Diplomatic Affairs for the Ismaili Imamat in Lisbon, Portugal was the Chief Guest for the ceremony.