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Students of the PAKTURK International School have done the country proud by winning several medals at an international competition held at Cambridge University, United Kingdom.

The INTELLECTUALS’ CHALLENGE was held from April 20-23 and saw participation from close to 1,600 students between 14 and 18 years of age from schools across 50 countries. The competition was divided into a series of team and individual challenges revolving around a central theme: “Failure: The Road to Success”.

The team challenges required students working in groups of three to compete in four different challenges in five subjects over the four days of the challenge. The categories were divided into Knowledge, Pen Down, Speech-Craft, and Team Spirit challenges under broader subject categories of Social Studies, Art & Design, Literature & Culture, Science & Technology and Economics & Business. On the other hand, individual challenges called upon participants to showcase their skills in either of the four categories that were Creative Writing, Short Film, Photography and Painting.

To much delight, students from the PAKTURK School Jamshoro shone in both the team and individual competitions, winning a total of 11 medals that included four gold, six silver and one bronze medal.

Through sheer hard work and resolve students from Pakistan showcased their superior skills in creativity, academic prowess and teamwork.

During the competitions, a three-member team of Abdul Haseeb, Abdul Rafay and Nisar Younis won gold medals in the team spirit challenge, while Mir Dara won another gold medal in the individual knowledge challenge. Also making to the podium were Abdul Haseeb with and Atif Laghari with silver medals in individual knowledge challenges, Suleman and Shahzad with silver medals in treasure hunt challenge, Ashaus and Faisal with silver in Pen-Down (Individuals) challenge and Atif with a bronze medal.

It is indeed heartening to see young individuals from Pakistan going head to head with their counterparts from much countries having more sophisticated, reformed and progressive education systems and still leaving a mark with their performance. The students, their mentors, parents and the school deserve not only accolades, but a thanks for providing an enabling environment for the young Pakistanis t0 shine.

More of the same, please.

 

While adapting to a rapidly changing world is fairly difficult for most humans, it becomes immensely difficult for universities that are massive in terms of both their infrastructure and the number of people associated to them. Yet you will be surprised to find how ancient behemoths of knowledge have transformed over centuries to remain relevant in the educational world even today, and in the process built on their historic prominence to become some of the most sought after institutions around the globe.

The United Kingdom is one of the top destinations for Pakistani students heading abroad to add to their academic credentials. And it’s understandable why. The UK has some of the oldest and most respected institutions in the world like Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics and Lincoln’s Inn, has plenty of expatriate population from the Indo-Pak subcontinent to make friends with and streets across many of its cities offer a variety of desi eatables should you feel the longing for culinary delights of back home.