University of Peshawar (UoP) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (University Science Malaysia, USM) have decided to start joint degree programs in departments that are the most strongest in their respective varsities.
This was decided in meeting of the visiting five member Malaysian delegation led by Vice Chancellor USM Prof. Dato Dr. Omar Osman with VC University of Peshawar Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rasul Jan here on Friday.
The two sides resolved to take benefit from each other’s strength and exchange student faculty, as was decided in the MoU signed earlier this year for a period of thirty six months between the two.
They also acceded to the idea of taking the provincial government of KP on board for collaboration in more diverse fields in order to enhance the University-Industry cooperation in the future and prepare a working paper in this connection for the upcoming visit of the Malaysian premier to Islamabad early next year.
University of Peshawar has 45 disciplines. It is a higher education institution that offers diverse courses ranging from social sciences to natural, humanities and applied sciences, said Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhamamd Rasul Jan while briefing the delegation.
He added that in the past few months one hundred PhD faculties have been added to the existing pool of faculty which has reinforced the departments to impart quality education and research among students. He called for enhancing cooperation among Universities in the brotherly Muslim countries, like Malaysia.
Universiti Sains Malaysia sends four hundred students abroad for higher qualification each year, and some of them study in departments within University of Peshawar, said VC USM Prof. Dr. Omar Osman.
He added that short courses would be announced for students of both the varsities shortly. The people of Peshawar should reach the world and let them know that the artificial picture drawn about them is not the real, he added.
The total annual budget of USM is around 800 million Malaysian Dollars which is higher than fiscal budget of Pulau Penang Province of Malaysia, said the visiting VC. He added that the University generates funds through linkages with industry and in return thereof train their human resource and impart higher education among them.
The meeting was attended by Deans of Faculties, Registrar Dr. Syed Fazl I Hadi and members of the Malaysian team.
Source: The Frontier Post.