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NUST 500 rank: UK fellowship & universities

NUST ranks in world top 500 universities: DG
Islamabad, March 07, 2008: Director General of National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Mansoor Malik said that NUST has become the first university of Ummah ranked in the top 500 universities of the world.

Mansoor said this in an interview with TheNation here on Thursday.

He said NUST was the first national university established under Ministry of Science and Technology, instead of Ministry of Education, for the purpose of facilitating high-tech research.

Mansoor Malik is a professional, foreign qualified engineer and Chairman of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) Pakistan. He is also a board member of the Higher Education Commission (HEC). He introduced the idea of Technology Incubation Centre (TIC) for the first time in Pakistan and launched The Indus Entrepreneur (TIE) in the Capital.

To a question, Mansoor said that the NUST comprised 22 institutes, six military and 16 civil. "Since its setting up in 1991, NUST has successfully gone through the formation phase and is now entering, with a new vision, into the consolidation phase with the inception of H-12 Campus", he maintained, adding the new campus covering whole of the sector H-12.

The new campus, Mansoor, would consist of Pakistan's first ever Technology Incubator Center (TIC) and Technology Park to bridge the gap between the industry and the universities.

He said the idea of TICs and technology parks had been the major contributors to the rapid development of Chinese economy.

He informed that NUST had forwarded a proposal to the HEC for the formation of National Innovative System (NIS) on national and provincial levels to enable the universities to cater market requirements at their best. The NUST is the first university, he said, having the Research and Development Directorate, which comprised high-qualified persons.

About the purpose behind the establishment of Marketing and Industrial Relations Organisation (MIRO), Mansoor said that the organisation was aimed at attracting the brilliant minds that were serving abroad as well as the students who go abroad for higher education. "We are promising them the best education and working environment at comparatively very less expenses", he said. The NUST has recently changed its logo. The reason behind the same, DG NUST said, was that we have become global players and are now attracting those who were going abroad for quality education. He said the NUST is offering quality education at the lowest fees as compared to other private sector universities.The Nation

Your Comments
"it is definately a great news that a prestigeous institute of our country has finally been aknowledged.may we pakistanis prosper especially in the field of education.amin "
Name: maham
City, Country: peshawer, Pakistan

"Hay, Thats great news, i always say pakistan has potential to do the best. i will also take admission in NUST :-) "
Name: Umair
City, Country: lahore,pakistan

"I want to know about the Rank of Allama Iqbal open University Islamabad in Pakistan and in the World Universities ."
Name: MUhmamad Awais
City, Country: Faisalabad, pakistan

"It is good to know that NUST is atleast among the top 500 universities of the world.Yet we have got to struggle much harder and stick to the basic principles of Islam to conquer the world as our ancestors did.Bless you all!"
Name: Hana.A.K
City, Country: islamabad, pakistan

British Council offers 3-month UK fellowship
Islamabad: British Council has offered a three-month visiting fellowship programme for Pakistani nationals, a scheme of educational/training visits to the UK, funded by the Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust.

Under the criteria for the visiting fellowship programme, an applicant must be a Pakistani national of 25-45 years of age. Besides, the applicant must have a firm offer (up to three months) from a UK university or training institution. Under the fellowship scheme, the award holder will receive a grant of 1,000 pounds sterling per month and an economy class return airfare.

The visiting fellowship is designed to provide assistance to individuals who wish to broaden their experience and improve their skills through a short-term attachment at a UK university or training institution.

The fellowship aims at assisting the candidates wishing to focus on areas like arts and design, English language teaching, education, management and administration, social development, human rights and gender issues.

UK universities open regional centres in Pakistan
Lahore: A Number of universities from the United Kingdom (UK) have opened their regional centres in the country over the years in order to minimise role of consultants and firms dealing in admission process and to select genuine students to stop the influx of "unwanted" people under the disguise of students.

These centres not only provide up-to-date information to the prospective students about variety of programmes being offered by their respective universities in the UK but also guide them about admission process and other requirements. Necessary details about visa requirement for travelling to UK for studies are also being provided at these regional centres.

It is a fact that Pakistan is considered one of the best markets for the UK universities since every year a large number of students go to Britain to get higher education in different fields.

On the other hand, efforts are also being made by the UK universities for promotion of O and A level qualifications in Pakistan while role of the British Council for promotion of these qualifications cannot be ignored, which closely work with schools in this regard.

Reportedly, a number of cases had happened in the past in which Pakistani students were deprived of money because of being admitted to fake foreign institutions by some bogus student-consultant firms. On the other side, reportedly, incidents had taken place when some people got entry into the UK under the disguise of students.

Despite the fact that the British High Commission tries its best to select the genuine students only, the UK universities are now playing their role in this regard as well.

However, those who represent UK universities here in Pakistan maintain that besides student counselling, primary role of the regional centres was to develop and strengthen linkages and partnerships between Pakistani and UK universities.

They say curriculum development, capacity building and joint research projects are also main ventures covered by these regional centres.

Regional Manager of the University of Hertfordshire UK for Pakistan, Ali Rehman said his varsity's centre here in the country makes best efforts to provide necessary detail and guidance to the prospective students. To a question, he said, "Yes selection of genuine students is one of the aims". "We try to provide better customer services to the Pakistani students and that too without any consultancy fee".

He said linkages with local institutes was one of the top priorities of his university adding efforts were being made to launch joint research ventures adding "This would in fact contribute to the development of the local infrastructure".

Regional Manager Pakistan of the University of Wales Newport UK Akif Khan said purpose of opening the regional office here in Pakistan is to develop more and more linkages between his university and Pakistani universities for curriculum development, faculty development and joint research etc.

He said under some linkages students have to complete their studies in both his Pakistani university and its partner university in the UK. He also said that student counselling services was also one of the jobs assigned to the regional centres. The News
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