KARACHI: At a time when our country seems to be lagging behind in terms of technological advancement, Aptech Computer Education has taken up the initiative through its ‘Career Quest’ campaign for the second time to take information technology (IT) in Pakistan to the next level.
Launched in collaboration with the Middlesex University, London, Career Quest is an educational seminar that apprises students of opportunities to study abroad along with the chance to win scholarships. As many as 400 students participated in the event held at the Bahria auditorium on Tuesday.
In his address at the event, Aptech country academic head Rao Yaseen described Career Quest as ‘a true quest for a student’.
Aptech country head Iqbal Yousuf also addressed the audience. He described how Aptech, in collaboration with the Middlesex University, undertook the task to provide a supporting pillar to the education system.
“We believe in empowerment through technology,” he said. “Aptech is providing its students with a better platform by giving them access to a quality British degree through the help of Middlesex University.”
Speaking about education in IT, Yousuf said that Aptech is working rigorously for IT students as it is ‘the most important profession in today’s world’.
“There are dozens of IT institutes in every corner of Pakistan. What sets Aptech apart is that it provides quality, better methodology and future plans for the students,” he said.
He spoke of the gloomy future of Pakistan without quality education in IT as our educational standards are not up to the international mark. “The situation in Pakistan is the worst and we took this initiative to provide Pakistan with the best IT professionals.”
Middlesex University enrolment
Explaining the procedure and requirements for getting enrolled in the Middlesex University, the varsity’s operations manager Anoose Faris shared some videos and a detailed presentation of all the campuses.
Every student from Aptech who chooses to pursue a higher education degree at any of the campuses of the Middlesex University will be given a 20 per cent discount on their tuition. He also spoke in detail about the fee structure, lodging and visa process.
“Middlesex University believes in empowering you (students) and providing you with quality education,” he said while addressing the audience. “That is why we are a part of this programme.”
A rewarding, interactive session
To ensure the active participation of the audience, Middlesex University regional manager Ali Mazhar asked a few questions with reference to Anoose Faris’s presentation. Each correct answer would win them a reward of Rs1000.
Three students from Aptech Computer Education were awarded a 50 per cent scholarship from the Middlesex University through a lucky draw. The students belonged to the Sharae Faisal, Metro Star Gate and North Nazimabad campuses of Aptech Computer Education. They won the scholarships for London, Dubai and Mauritius campuses of the varsity, respectively.
“The scholarships awarded to the students are applicable till 2017,” said Faris. Students can avail it within the time period of three years even after graduating from Aptech.
“The scholarships awarded are not transferable to any other campus,” he said, replying to a query raised by a student.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 17th, 2014.