SMIU delegation comprising nine students and four faculty members under the supervision of vice chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh visited University of Dundee, Scotland on June 8, 2015 as a part of “Future Leaders Program” organized by SMIU in collaboration with British Council Pakistan.
The University of Dundee had invited SMIU’s delegation to its campus, thus the students while getting opportunity of their visit to the university, interacted with students, faculty members, students union heads, library and computer department officers. The purpose of visit of SMIU’s delegation to this public sector university, founded in 1881 A.D, was to provide them a practical exposure to the modern educational world.
During the visit, SMIU’s Vice Chancellor Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh had a meeting with Ms. Wendy Alexander, Vice Principal International, Dundee University, in which both agreed to explore possibilities for further cooperation between the two universities in the field of academic advancement of students and faculty. Apart from it, the heads of these universities also discussed some other proposals for mutual cooperation in the universities, including Split Degree Program, where under graduate students of SMIU may study at University of Dundee for one-year. They will complete their remaining three years programme at SMIU.
Another proposal was regarding PhD for faculty members, wherein Dr Shaikh proposed to send SMIU’s faculty members carrying out their research work in Pakistan under supervision of a local supervisor, for brief intervals to the University of Dundee.
It was decided that the said proposals will be mutually studied and convenient agreement could be reached in the next few months. During this meeting, Dr Shaikh was assisted by Gulzar Mughal, Registrar and Prof Dr Aurangzeb, chairperson of Department of Business Administration, SMIU.
Then the students and faculty members had a tour of the university campus, where they went through different departments and met faculty members and students of the university, where they were briefed by concerned persons about different programmes, portfolio of courses and scholarships.
The delegation of SMIU also met office-bearers of the Dundee University Students Association (DUSA) and Dundee University Pakistani Society. The university has 140 general societies and 43 sports societies. They also visited DUSA offices, radio and TV studios, computer labs and observed their working. The SMIU team also held roundtable discussion with the Center for Enhancement of Academic skills, Learning, Teaching and Employability (CASTLE) to find innovativeness in learning methodology. Afterwards, they visited the different sections of library and got innovative ideas from there.
Thereafter, the delegation had a discussion with Ms Trudy Cunningham, Environment and Sustainability Officer at Dundee University, where she explained the way that leads towards environmentally sustainable campuses. She also showed practical examples and innovations to make the process easier and possible. She suggested many ideas including green transport, recycling wastage and using innovative bins etc to the delegation.
The last session of the SMIU delegation held with Ms Lesley Brennan, local councilor, who explained local governance system. Ms Fouzia Butt, community activist also shared her experiences to the students.
Syed Shahroze Hassan, Student of Computer Science, while sharing his experiences said, “Experiencing this trip across different educational institutions in UK has really enhanced my views of seeing world and the possibilities it contains. I now want to think out of the box. Implementation after learning basically counts; this is what had I had learnt from this trip.”