Fairfax, Virginia – Pakistan’s National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the Virginia-based George Mason University are exploring opportunities to boost cooperation that will help students and faculties of the two top institutions of higher learning in the areas of policy and research.
A three-member NUST delegation, headed by its rector Muhammad Asghar recently visited Virginia to discuss ways and means to boost cooperation with GMU. Top officials of the two universities also attended a reception at the Fairfax County Club, hosted by M. Siddique Sheikh, Chairman Pakistan American Business Association (PABA), who is also is on the GMU’s Board of Visitors and a member NUST’s Advisory Board Council.
Angel Cabrera, President GMU, Virginia’s largest university, underscored GME’s commitment to diversity and its interest in forging global linkages. Partnerships with institutions such as NUST bring together diversities in discussing global problems and finding solutions, he added.
NUST reactor, Mr. Asghar, highly praised GMU as one of America’s top educational institutions and said that NUST was keen to promote ties with GMU in educational and research efforts, including exchange of students and faculty in joint projects. “We are looking ahead to a strategic partnership with GMU,” said Mr. Asghar.
Established in 1991, NUST is listed among the world’s top 500 universities in the 2014-15 ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) of UK, according to its website. It was declared Pakistan’s No. 1 university in the category of General Universities by the country’s Higher Education Commission in 2013.
In his concluding remarks, Mr. Sheikh emphasized the importance of education in bridging differences and promoting “love and peace” around the world. He expressed the hope that increasing collaboration between NUST and GMU would immensely benefit students and scholars from Pakistan.
In the end, on behalf of Pakistan American Business Association, Mr. Sheikh presented souvenirs to members of the visiting delegation. Set up in 1986, PABA is a leading business entity which works to promote commercial, trade and cultural ties between the Pakistani and American business people and entrepreneurs.