(Pakistan News & Features Services)
Queen Mary University of London has entered into prestigious partnership with Rotary Club of Karachi, the oldest rotary club in Karachi which was chartered before the creation of Pakistan. In signing the Memorandum of Understanding, Queen Mary will jointly improve access to education in Pakistan and help young people improve not only their lives but potentially those of generations to come.
The partnership will help to establish new programmes of study and events around areas of shared importance. These include international education, public policy studies and policy implementation, sustainability, health, business development, innovation, languages, arts and sciences. The partnership will also provide scholarships for students from Pakistan to study at Queen Mary. Other activities may include joint teaching and research opportunities, as well as mobility for staff, research fellows and students.
“We are hugely excited to be working with Rotary Club of Karachi. I have no doubt that together we will help create better futures through education and research,” Professor Colin Grant, Vice Principal International, Queen Mary University of London, remarked.
“It is a source of great pride that everyone who sets foot on our campuses gains the chance to shape the world of tomorrow. I look forward to welcoming even more students and partners from Pakistan to benefit from this experience. Today’s agreement between two organizations marks the first step in our journey towards widening opportunities and engaging global communities together,” he added.
“Rotary International places a world of importance on education, working to give communities vital access to the educational skills they need to live their lives to the fullest. But we know that no one organisation can achieve these goals alone. We are delighted to come to these agreements today with Queen Mary, to display our shared visions, and to make tremendous strides for education across Pakistan,” Pervez Haroon Madraswala, President, Rotary Club of Karachi, reciprocated.
Aziz Memon, Trustee of The Rotary Foundation, acknowledged philanthropist, entrepreneur and Rotarian Nayan Patel for his role in building a partnership with Queen Mary University of London as they looked forward to further strengthening it.
Central to this work will be Queen Mary’s Global Policy Institute (QMGPI), which uses the University’s research and ensures its place in policy around the world so that impactful, real-world change can take place. Through partnerships, knowledge sharing, training, and project launches, to name but a few methods, QMGPI works to transform policy and workings across every continent for the betterment of society.
The agreement bolstered Queen Mary’s longstanding commitment to Pakistan. It was among the first UK universities to establish personnel in Pakistan, creating an in-country post in 2005. It is also the number one recruiter from Pakistan in the prestigious Russell Group, with more than 1,300 Pakistani students having studied at Queen Mary.
The Rotary Foundation strives to address some of the most critical humanitarian needs, which includes supporting education, promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, growing local economies, protecting the environment, and ending polio. Queen Mary has long been committed to engaging internationally, from education to research, partnerships and stakeholder work, to impact areas around the world.
Its agreements with the Rotary Club of Karachi will help ensure marked improvements in these areas of shared interest. Queen Mary’s work within Pakistan sits alongside other major partnership initiatives in South Asia to help address some of the biggest challenges facing the region today, including partnership to promote gender equality, public health, and the environment.