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University launches degree programmes in Pakistan

28 October 09

The University of Bradford launched degree programmes at Namal College, in Pakistan, last week.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark Cleary and Director of Academic Administration, Alison Darnbrough attended a ceremony alongside Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilini and University Chancellor Imran Khan which saw the launch of the 'Namal City of Knowledge' where students will be awarded degrees from the University of Bradford.
Sixty eight students, including eight females, enrolled  in September on the degree courses in Mobile Computing, Internet Computing, Software Engineering,  Computer Science, Web Engineering, Software Development and Network Administration at Namal College which are exactly the same as those taught at the University of Bradford. The students who come from a wide geographical area including South Waziristan, Swat and Bannu as well as Mianwali and surrounding districts, have received either full or partial scholarships to enable them to study.

Imran Khan, founded Namal College three years ago with a plan to equip the youth of Pakistan with better education through quality facilities and research provided by the University of Bradford.  He said: "When I was campaigning during the 2002 elections in Mianwali, I was appalled at the high level of unemployment amongst the youth.  Hence I resolved to set up a technical college so that this youth could become employable.  Now this dream is a World class University."

Namal College which is based in the Mianwali District of Pakistan, was made an Associate College of the University of Bradford in December 2005.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark Cleary said: "The University of Bradford is delighted to be associated with Namal College.  We are committed to a long-term involvement which will see the development of a first-class higher education campus at Namal which can offer high-quality diplomas and degrees to as many people as possible in the region."

Vice-Chancellor of Namal College, Professor Irfan Awan, seconded from the University of Bradford, said: "Namal College does not yet have a long history but is already becoming one of the fastest growing colleges in Pakistan, reflected in the range and level of courses being offered since it opened in April 2008."

The Mianwali District is a disadvantaged area of Pakistan with little industry, poor education opportunities and high unemployment. It is also home to a population of around one million people.

28 October 09

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