• Tuesday, February 20, 2024

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University of Gloucestershire Explores Collaborative Opportunities with CUI

Islamabad, January 31, 2024 – Exciting developments unfolded as Dr. Mathews Andrews, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Governance and Students Affairs of the University of Gloucestershire (UoG), United Kingdom visited CUI on January 31, 2024. He was accompanied by Global University Systems (GUS) officials including Professor Ashraf Jawaid OBE, CEO of International Partnerships, Professor Faisal Azeem, Managing Director of International Business, and Ms. Sabahat Khan, CEO Pakistan.

The meeting – attended by CUI officials included Professor Sohail Asghar, In-charge, Islamabad Campus, Dr. Tahir Naeem, Director (P&D/HRD), Prof. Dr. Saqib Gulzar, Dean, Faculty of Business Administration, Dr. Hammad Omer, T.I., Head, International Office, Mr. Ali Tawab Baloch, Senior Manager, International Office and Dr. Inayat Kalim, HoD, Department of Humanities, Islamabad Campus – set the stage for potential collaborations.

The Head IO CUI provided an overview of CUI through a detailed presentation. He proposed future collaborations between CUI and UoG, which included academic exchange programs (for both students and faculty), joint supervision of PhD students, dual/ double/ joint degree programs, joint research initiatives like UK grant, post-doc fellowships for CUI faculty, joint convening of workshops, conferences, seminars, and training sessions, admission of CUI graduates in MS/ PhD, and resource and support.

Dr. Mathews expressed a keen interest of the UoG in collaboration with CUI, particularly in the vibrant arts and design programs. Both the institutions considered the possibility of launching short-term training programs, drawing inspiration from successful such initiatives that CUI had with the University of Bedfordshire UK in the past. Discussions on 3+1 and 2+2 models highlighted the need for approval from the HEC. In the event of a 3+1 program, UoG committed to providing a significant fee concession of £5,000, adding an appealing incentive for CUI students. The Pro-Vice Chancellor also expressed openness to exploring potential collaborations regarding a three-month certification courses for CUI students.

The delegation called on the Rector CUI, Prof. Dr. Sajid Qamar, and was given a tour of the campus. Emphasizing a preference for direct engagement, CUI expressed enthusiasm for fostering collaborations without involving intermediaries. The meeting concluded on a positive note, reflecting a shared vision and ambition for the future higher education collaboration. 

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