The leading university of Pakistan National University of Science and Technology (NUST) is planning on opening its campuses in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Lt-General (retired) Naweed Zaman, Rector of the NUST said, “We are increasing our visibility around the world to attract more Pakistani expatriates and foreign students.”
He informed that NUST is planning to open two new campuses. One of the campuses will be in Saudi Arabia and the other will be in the UAE.
Lt-Gen Zaman said, “Our priority is to open the NUST campus in the UAE first as we are talking to the authorities concerned.”
He told about this to Gulf New upon attending an event in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi-based known Pakistani businessmen Malik Zaheer Awan organized this event. He is also the chairman of the Council of Pakistani Engineers in the UAE.
Zaman informed that they are exploring their options on developing NUST university campus within a couple of years if an agreement is reached with UAE authorities.
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He informed, “We are also open for public-private sector partnership to operate the campuses.”
It is pertinent to mention here that NUST is the only Pakistani university that is ranked in top 500 universities in the world. It is given 437th position. The university offers 124 programmes for the students in many different fields ranging from engineering to social sciences to Media. Every year more than 50,000 students appear in the NUST admission test to qualify for the2000 available seats.
The Pakistanis living abroad are given 5% special quota in NUST. They can even compete on open merit.
Lt-Gen Zaman said, “Our university is very young but it is the best in Pakistan. We don’t turn away students for lack of funds if they manage to pass the admission test.”
He said that all deserving candidates are given scholarship by Nust.
Adding, “You can either be a part of the endowment programme, adopt a student for full four years or sponsor a student for just one year.”
He also said, “The university will soon launch its own stents which will cost as low as Rs15,000 to Rs35,000 as compared to the market price of Rs85,000 to Rs350,000. This is part of our plan to serve the community and makes health care affordable for all.”