NUST, Sarajevo University to exchange students, faculty

* AIOU joins hands with Saudi university to promote teaching of holy Quran

ISLAMABAD: The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the Sarajevo University have decided to cooperate in diverse fields, including on joint research, faculty and student exchange programmes.
A four-member delegation from the Sarajevo University visited the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) from February 3 to 4. The delegation was headed by Sarajevo University Rector Prof Dr Muharem Avdispahic. The delegates met with NUST rector at his office, said a press release. The two sides showed keen interest in expanding meaningful cooperation. NUST officers gave a detailed briefing to the visiting dignitaries on the university. They apprised the delegation of NUST’s fast-paced growth as a leading comprehensive university in Pakistan, competing with the best anywhere in the world. 
Sarajevo University Rector Prof Dr Muharem Avdispahic also gave a presentation on his university. He said they would try to emulate standards of excellence set by NUST in a short time span, adding that the visit would have enduring and productive outcomes towards promotion of higher education in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also expressed his feelings of gratitude on behalf of all his compatriots to Pakistani government and people for their unstinting support they always extended for the Bosnian people in times of ordeal and unrest. 
On the second day of their visit to NUST, the delegates met with Pro-Rector (Academics) Dr Asif Raza to discuss at length areas of mutual collaboration, including admission of Bosnian students to NUST. The delegates were conducted to different schools of the university, where principals and other senior faculty members gave brief presentations on their respective schools and took them around to various facilities being provided to the students. The NUST rector hosted a farewell dinner reception in the honour of the visiting delegates. 
In a separate development, the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has inked an agreement with Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, for the establishment of e-labs for to promote Quranic and Arabic language teaching. An institute of e-learning of Arabic Language will be established soon at the AIOU’s main campus. A document was signed to this effect at a local hotel by Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University Rector Prof Dr Suliman A Aba Al-Khail and the AIOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi. 
Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Abdul Aziz Al-Ghadeer was also present on the occasion. Under the agreement, the two-sides will cooperate in the field of scientific research, including cooperation in holding combined research projects and cooperation in exchange of research materials. The two institutions will develop programmes and training strategies relating to different academic fields. Both sides will exchange hard and soft resources of knowledge and education. 
Both sides will hold conferences, seminars, lectures and workshops in the fields of mutual interests. They will provide scholarships annually to the students of both the universities and cooperate in the field of training of teachers, students and imam/khateeb. Both parties will exchange visiting teachers, scientific publications between both universities.

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