A 13-member delegation of students and faculty members of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), who are currently on a 10-day visit to the UK as part of “Future Leadership Programme” under supervision of SMIU Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh visited University of Bradford, Scotland (UoB).

The SMIU and British Council Pakistan have jointly organized this training programme. British Council’s three-member team headed by Shaikh Hammad Amjad is also a part of the delegation.

The International Office of the University of Bradford welcomed SMIU delegation led by Dr Shaikh upon arrival at the campus.

Dr Shaikh had a meeting with Professor Donna Lee, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences. In the meeting, various proposals for mutual cooperation between these two universities came under discussion and it was decided that a group of three faculty members of the University of Bradford including Professor Donna Lee will visit SMIU in November this year.

During their visit to the UoB, students of SMIU interacted with faculty members, students and management of the university. They went around the various parts of the campus under theme of “Sustainability at UoB” with Ms Shelley Hurst, International Partnerships Manager. During this tour, it was revealed that UoB is the only university in the UK which has students’ accommodation known as “The Green,” operating on solar energy, which makes it more environmental friendly.

Afterwards, SMIU students attended a presentation given by Ms. Sue Baker, International Student Advisor at UoB. She introduced basic norms and values of the university by sharing its vision of spreading religious harmony, peace studies and environmental sustainability. She also shared basic requirements and procedure of applying for admission at the UoB. This session followed by an interactive workshop by Prof. Farhad Analoui on the theme of “Management and team work.” This activity based workshop provided an opportunity to SMIU students to understand importance of working in a team rather than a group.

Thereafter, they moved for a walking tour of Bradford City Center, where they witnessed major attractions of the city.

While commenting on these activities, Gul Afroz, student of Media Studies Department at SMIU said, “Visiting the UoB was a great experience for me. I have learnt a lot from it and looking forward for more exposure during this study tour.”