Sindh HEC, UK university launch three-year law education programme

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KARACHI: The University of Northampton, UK in collaboration with the Sindh Higher Education Commission (HEC) has launch three-year law and business education programmes for Pakistani students at concessional rates.

A delegation of University of Northampton, headed by its Pro-vice chancellor, attended the launching ceremony of the Sindh inter-universities consortium (SIUC) held under the auspices of Chairman Sindh Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr. Asim Hussain at the Ziauddin University.

The delegation expressed gratitude over the successful collaboration of the two Sindh-based universities with University of Hampton by introducing the education programmes in Pakistan at concessional rates of 2,700 pounds for the students.

The enrolled students would spend two semesters in the United Kingdom out of their three-year course in accordance with the programme, the delegation apprised the gathering.

The degrees covered by this arrangement include Bachelor in Business, MBA, LLB & LLM, said the Dean of academic partnership at the University of Nottingham, “most notable of these would be the degree of LLB, he added.

He said the program would provide a much better value than the distance learning law programs offered in the United Kingdom. Citing some privileges behind the exchange program included in those degrees, he said their UK-based campus has future learning technologies built into its learning spaces.

“This package has taken three years time to develop and improve. I am so proud to be standing here today to launch our delivery with the Ziauddin University and the Shaheed Zulifqar Ali Bhutto University,”

“More universities in the consortium will soon follow” he said, further adding that the inter-universities marriage intends to further expand with fields of healthcare and technology, comprising Nursing, Paediatrics, Computing and Engineering.

“Pakistan has most captured my imagination. It is here that SIUC and Northampton has this amazing opportunity to utilise the high-quality universities and academic staff here in Sindh and link them up with our high-quality faculty to introduce outstanding opportunities for the students.

“I look forward to seeing the first batch from Ziauddin University begin next year, and from there I will be working tirelessly with the SIUC to develop and grow this collaboration for the benefit of students here in Pakistan and contribute in improving bilateral relations between the two countries,” he added.

Speaking next, Vice Chancellor, University of Northampton Prof. Dr. Nick Petford said he has envisaged that this partnership would allow the UK and Pakistan to work much more closely than ever in education and beyond.

Prof. Dr. Petford said that another opportunity in his partnership is the consortium in healthcare, at which, he apprised the gathering that an MoU has already been signed with the Sindh government to develop healthcare education in Pakistan and make possible better nursing and healthcare learning opportunities here.
He also said the program is intended at producing quality lawyers by acquainting the students in Pakistan with not only the foreign law, but also Islamic law and its judicial system which goes missing in distance learning curriculum.
Association of Commonwealth universities is also dedicated to collaborate, Prof. Dr. Petford added, “I have been speaking with some universities about developing different courses in Special education and needs, Business and Social science, aside a lot more that is expected with this project.
“With the marriage of the University of Northampton and SIUC, the partnership is open for recruitment”.
British Deputy High Commissioner to Karachi, Mike Nithavrianakis, congratulated the University of Northampton for having worked with the government of Sindh and the universities that are part of the consortium to establish this partnership.
Mr. Nithavrianakis expressed hope that this partnership will build strong foundation for the future and lauded the youth for its strong competence.

“We see huge benefit for the prosperity of both countries by universities working together and for the more of top faculty programs in the UK being delivered by Pakistan faculty with the support from the University of Northampton.

Chief guest on the occasion, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah extended well wishes for the students and thanked the universities for collaborating in such an initiative that is invested in creating opportunities for the students.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah addressing at the launch ceremony of Sindh Inter University Consortium (SIUC) in collaboration with University of Northampton, U.K. at Ziauddin University.
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Dr. Asim Hussain, Chairman Sindh HEC and Chancellor of the Ziauddin University, said this law program will also be recognized by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA).
“Given that this course will provide students with a degree from the University of Northampton, the alumni will not have to appear in any other qualifying exam and can also become a solicitor in the UK,” Dr. Asim said.
“It is not a distant learning program. It is a program which will be taught by a faculty approved by the University of Northampton and will also include foreign faculties coming over to teach.”
It will soon be recognised by the British bar council so that the alumni can practise in the Bar of England.
– Two more degrees in the making –
In January, next year, two more programs will be introduced, including Paediatry and Nursing, in line with these degrees in law and business.
The Sindh government is opening avenues for our students to go abroad and return to serve this country
“We are also working with the General Medical Council (GMC) so that even medical degree can be recognised by GMC to avoid obligations of appearing in any other qualifying exam.
Dr. Asim also encouraged other universities to follow this step so that a product collaboration with the UK-based university can be established where it will look after quality assurance of all universities in the province who wish to be a part of the consortium.

“The United Education Commission will be more than helpful in setting this up and the Sindh CM Syed Murad Ali Shah has already given his blessings,” Dr. Asim concluded.