Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), one of Pakistan’s top rated higher education institutes, is expanding its wings. The university is going to open a campus in Dubai to cater the 1.2 million Pakistani expatriates living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
This was revealed by QAU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Masoom Yasinzai in an exclusive interview with The Express Tribune here on Tuesday.
“This would be the first venture abroad for QAU. The project is fully sponsored by a Dubai-based company,” Dr Yasinzai said. QAU was selected for the purpose because of its international ranking, he added.
Established in 1967, the university is rated as one of the top public institutions of higher education in Pakistan. The university was housed initially in rented buildings in Satellite Town, Rawalpindi, and moved to its current campus in the Margalla Hills near the shrine of Bari Imam in October 1971.
A high-level delegation of QAU comprising three deans of the university and headed by the VC, will visit Dubai next Monday to finalise modalities with the sponsor company. In the first phase, the departments of management, international relations, political science, physics and pharmacy would be established at the proposed campus in Dubai Education City, the VC said.
Dr Yasinzai said that through this project the university will get more international recognition and would ultimately help it in improving the education standards, opening a new job market for university graduates and generate more revenue.
The QAU campus will induct lecturers at a salary of Rs150,000 per month and professors will get over Rs300,000, the VC said. “Currently, many overseas Pakistanis children are studying in QAU at its Islamabad campus. The proposed Dubai campus would help them remain with their families while getting quality education,” he said.
QAU is producing around 100 PhDs annually. QAU agreed in principal to give affiliation to 30 colleges in Islamabad; 20 model and 10 federal colleges. A committee comprising of officials from QAU and the newly established Capital Administration Development Department (CADD) is working on the modalities of these affiliations, Yasinzai said.
He said that QAU would train the faculty members of affiliated institutes, enabling them to improve the education standard in accordance with modern requirements. “The expansion of QAU is underway and we have established schools of economics, management, politics and international relations, while work on the School of Medicine, under which a Medical College affiliated with Polyclinic Hospital would also be established at QAU, is on final stages,” the VC said. There would be 50 per cent quota for the provinces and 50 per cent of seats will be given to overseas Pakistanis in the Medical College of QAU.
On expansion, he said, “The QAU faculty forced my predecessors to refrain from expanding QAU for the last 20 years but I did not care about such pressure and we successfully established new departments, a four-year degree programme, and schools in the campus,” the VC said.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2011.