A Delegation from University of Malaya (UM) Visits LUMS
A five-member Malaysian delegation headed by Tan Sri Ghuth Jamson, Vice Chancellor of the University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia visited the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on Monday, September 10, 2012 as part of their initiative to visit Higher Education Institutions across Pakistan from September 6-13, 2012, for future academic collaborations.
The Malaysian visit to Pakistan is aimed at exploring opportunities of bilateral cooperation, better understanding and setting-up mutual ties between the two countries, with the special emphasis on areas such as Engineering, Medicine, Information Technology and Business.
The delegation was received by Dr. Adil Najam, Vice Chancellor LUMS along with Syed Babar Ali, LUMS Pro-Chancellor; Dr. Arif Nazir Butt, Dean Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB); Dr. Sohail Qureshi, Dean Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE); Dr. Sohaib Khan, Chair Computer Science Department; Dr. Syed Noman-ul-Haq, faculty Department of Humanities and Social Sciences; Dr. Shahid Masud, faculty Department of Electrical Engineering; Col Amer Khan, Director General Administrative Service Department; Mazhar M. Chinoy, Head of Office of Students Affairs; and Gulbano Asim, Head of Marketing.
VC LUMS, Dr. Najam briefed the Malaysian delegation about the history and establishment of LUMS and the progress it has made over the years. He talked about how LUMS started off its journey as a Business School and now while being in its 27th year, LUMS has “blossomed into a University housing three Schools: Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) – the Flagship School; Mushtaq Ahmed Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGSHSS) – the Largest School; and Syed Baber Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) – the Newest School.” He added that LUMS is also hoping for a fourth one – The Law School.
While talking about some of the major milestones of LUMS as an institution, in terms of its reach across Pakistan with around 57 % of students from outside Lahore, Dr. Najam said that LUMS aspires to expand into a full-fledged University in years to come. He further added that just over 40 % of the students at LUMS are availing some form of financial aid, where as PKR 360 million has been disbursed as financial aid to date, at LUMS.
“The idea is to make good Education available to the best minds from across the country,” said Dr. Najam.
The delegation was also briefed about the LUMS National Outreach Programme (NOP) and how it encourages and supports diversity by reaching out to students from far flung areas of Pakistan. This was followed by a video on the NOP initiative of LUMS.
The faculty of University of Malaya (UM) also briefed the attendees about their various offerings at their University and shared that they have collaborations with around 300 universities worldwide with hopes of further adding on to the visiting number.
The visit concluded with a tour of LUMS campus.