HSE University-St Petersburg Hosts Delegation from Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology
HSE University-St Petersburg has hosted a delegation from Pakistan's Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST).
During the meeting, representatives of HSE University-St Petersburg and FUUAST outlined the vector of future cooperation. In particular, in the short term, they plan to organise an online conference for academic supervisors from both universities to identify possible areas of cooperation, including student exchange, language courses and double-degree programmes.
The delegation from Pakistan also learned about the opportunities available to international students at HSE University-St Petersburg, English-taught educational programmes, and research activities implemented at the university. There are currently five Pakistani students at HSE University-St Petersburg: two in the Bachelor's programme 'International Business and Management' and three in the Master's programmes 'International Business' and 'Management and Analytics for Business'. A record number of 113 Pakistani citizens applied to HSE University-St Petersburg for the new academic year.
Dr Faisal Javaid, Assistant Professor at the FUUAST Department of International Relations, said: 'Establishing academic relations between universities allows us to receive valuable information about culture and history. Traditionally, a great number of Pakistani students and professors choose higher education and research activities in the USA and Europe. But cooperation with Russian universities offers alternative ways of conducting academic activities. The partnership between our universities paves the way for joint research and projects.'
Dr Javaid also noted that the university administration is interested in joint research activities related to the development of relations between Pakistan and Russia in the new geopolitical reality.
The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology was founded in 2002. It is the first higher education institution where studies are held in Urdu—the official language of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan along with English. The university has two campuses in Karachi and one campus in Islamabad, the capital city. There are currently more than 20,000 students and 1,000 professors teaching 137 educational programmes at the university.