As many as 64 international students from 13 countries are admitted to the Government College University Lahore this year in different disciplines. These international students include 13 females as well.

It was revealed by Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi while chairing a meeting of the University’s International Students Office to review arrangements for these foreign students.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi pledged to provide maximum facilities to these international students including on-campus hostel accommodation and dedicated support through the International Students Office.

Prof. Zaidi said that 13 countries are United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, Iran, Egypt, Somalia, Switzerland, Hungary, India, Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka and Nigeria.

He also revealed that nine students are admitted to PhD progarmmes; a student from London secured admission to PhD in Urdu Literature, while a female student from the Russia has started her research in English Literature at GCU.

The Vice Chancellor said this is the highest number of foreign students ever admitted to GCU in a single year, and credited for this goes to the government support and efforts and marketing by the University’s International Students Office.

Prof Zaidi said that internationalization of the University is our topmost priority. “We cannot ensure the compatibility of our students and academics in isolation. No university or even a country can progress without embracing plurality of ideas and diversity in its population,” he added.

The Vice Chancellor believed that these international students would markedly reshape their learning and administrative processes. “Our teachers will have to explain the ideas in a global context. Our academic departments are reviewing their courses to ensure that they cater to the needs of the international market,” he added.

Prof. Zaidi said the nature of our academic discourses will be changed altogether. “Our Pakistani students will behave and speak in a different way when they interact with international students. Our hostels, cafeterias will prepare different meals for these students. The functions at the University will also be changed. With this remarkable achievement, we are heading towards a complete transformation of our University”, he concluded.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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