Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt Visits LUMS
The Foreign Minister of Sweden, Carl Bildt, visited the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on March 15, 2012 along with a high level delegation which included the Swedish Ambassador to Pakistan, Lars-Hjalmar Wide. The Foreign Minister and his delegation were received by LUMS Rector Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, LUMS Trustees, Mr. Shahid Hussain and Mr. Syed Haider Ali and LUMS Vice Chancellor, Dr. Adil Najam.
During the visit, the Foreign Minister along with his delegation was given a briefing on the LUMS National Outreach Programme (NOP), after which they were taken to a guided tour of the campus and its facilities before having lunch with students and faculty at the University.
The delegation visited the Gad and Birgit Rausing Library at LUMS and the Rausing Executive Development Centre (REDC), both of which are examples of the deep linkages between LUMS and Sweden. LUMS is also currently collaborating with the Swedish University, Mälardalen University. The Foreign Minister and his delegation were apprised of the rich history of LUMS and its vision for the future. A documentary on the NOP was also shown.
This was followed by a lunch where His Excellency, Mr. Carl Bildt had a chance to interact very closely with LUMS students from various disciplines and programmes. LUMS faculty members, including Ambassadors Shaharyar M. Khan and Iqbal A. Khan, Dean School of Science and Engineering (SSE), Sohail Qureshi and Dean School of Humanities, Social Science and Law (SHSSL), Anjum Altaf also joined the lunch discussions.
In his brief remarks, the Foreign Minister said he enjoyed the visit and the discussion with young Pakistanis greatly and was very impressed by the University and its social vision. He highlighted how important good education was in his own country’s development and why higher education is critical for Pakistan’s future.
During this visit the Foreign Minister of Sweden also participated in a tree plantation ceremony and planted a ficus benjamina tree to commemorate his visit to LUMS.