Realizing students dream to pursue higher education
Islamabad—The City School (Northern region) hosted its annual College Night Educational Expo at the Capital Campus in which over 30 international and local universities and educational entities including Forman Christian College (FC College), Greenwich University, ABN Overseas Education, and Skyline University College participated. The College Night gala aimed at bridging the gap between Pakistani students’ academic aspirations and their pursuit for higher education.
Representatives from the academia, media and government sector including distinguished guests such as Executive President Mr. Zhang Daojion, diplomat Ms. Fauzia Nasreen, Head of Center of Policy Studies COMSATS Mr. Naeem Siddiqui, Director General National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTA) Mr. Zubair Hashmi and President of the Pakistan Shanghai Cooperation Organization Mr. Asif Noor were also present on the occasion.
Prominent guest speakers included Human Rights activist Ahmed Bilal Sufi, TCS alumni Mr. Farhan Rafi and Mr. Bakht Jamshed, and motivational speaker Ms. Munnaza Batool shared their valuable insights in order to encourage students towards pursuing a diversified and exhilarating career path.
College Night 2016 provided an exciting opportunity for the capital’s students and parents’ community to engage in discussions regarding local and international higher education university programs, admissions criteria and available scholarship opportunities. Minister of State for CADD Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry inaugurated the event. In his inaugural address, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry highlighted the government’s strong commitment towards revolutionizing and modernizing the overall educational system. He suggested that Pakistani schools must strive to compete with the international education sector by integrating international best practices, introducing multi-disciplinary taught programs and promoting dynamism in knowledge and research.
While speaking about the significance of TCS College Night to Pakistan’s education sector, Regional Director TCS Ms. Shireen Jawaid said, “The City School aims to connect students with international and local universities, proving young learners an opportunity to follow their future academic pursuits. This is a fantastic networking platform for our students to form connections and become more aware of available academic opportunities. College Night 2016 also encourages students’ active participation in extra-curricular activities so that they can achieve a well-rounded profile which is an essential requirement alongside outstanding academic results for university admissions!”
Moreover, College Night 2016 also featured numerous competitions in which over 1500 students eagerly participated and showcased their talent in debates, photography and film making, art, sports and singing. The high point of the evening was a ‘Trends of Time’ theme-based fashion show organized by the students and judged by several prominent designers such as Chief Executive Officer KARMA Mr. Saad Ali, Ms. Sana Zahid, Ms. Mahjabeen Atif and Ms. Sonia Salman who applauded the students on their enthusiasm on the catwalk.