London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) is offering a new programme that will train students while simultaneously strengthening ties between the two countries.
A reception was organised on Monday at the elegantly decorated Acton House in Clifton. British Deputy High Commissioner Francis Campbell welcomed the presence of LSBF in Pakistan, hoping that it would be one way in which greater ties can be established between Pakistan and the UK.
Campbell said that this good news was much needed at a time when “Karachi and Pakistan are in the headlines for the wrong things.” For this reason, it was important to celebrate the arrival of education. Around 28 Pakistani students will be going to the business school in February to embark on the new programme it will offer.
Campbell, who is also the director for UK Trade and Investment, said that the institution in London, which opened its doors back in 2004 offers short courses, as well. The new 360 programme will have undergraduate and postgraduate courses with a focus on training people for different careers in Pakistan.
“We hope that this will help link business communities in both countries,” said Campbell. He said that Britain is strongly committed to investing in Pakistan. Several foreign chains, such as Next and Debenhams, have also started opening stores in the country. “We want to showcase a different positive image of the city.”
Faisal Azeem, LSBF’s head in Pakistan, said that the school has opened three offices in the city and students wishing to apply can seek information from them. “In the future, we will jointly work with the country’s educational institutions and enhance business education.” He said that with the new career development programme, students would not only learn how to become savvy managers but also be equipped with degrees recognised across the globe.
Azeem said that the programme was tough and will help many students secure a bright future in Pakistan.”We hope to prepare Pakistani students to make an impact not only in the local but the global business market as well.”
Published in The Express Tribune, November 21st, 2012.