22 May | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

UAJK advances academic infrastructure with cutting-edge equipment

Prof Dr Kaleem Abbasi calls generous support from Saudi Fund for Development a significant milestone in a journey towards providing world-class education to students in region

The University of Azad Jammu Kashmir (UAJK) is on the cusp of a new era of academic excellence with arrival of cutting-edge educational equipment, funded by the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), according to a press statement of the university.

The project, valued at over four billion rupees, aimed to enhance various teaching departments at the university’s King Abdullah Campus. The project encompasses provision of cutting-edge resources for science laboratories, information and communication technologies, textile-related machinery, as well as equipment for art and design, biotechnology, and several other disciplines.

Guided by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi, who has championed the cause of quality education and research since his appointment in 2017, this initiative marks a significant step forward for the university, as per the statement. These efforts culminated in a historic agreement signed on July 28, 2022 by Saudi Ambassador Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Maliki.

The generous support from the Saudi government underscores a shared commitment to advancing education and fostering academic excellence in the region. “This investment is not only a testament to our enduring partnership with Saudi Arabia but also a significant milestone in our journey towards providing world-class education to our students,” the statement quoted Dr Kaleem Abbasi as saying.

Prof Dr Ayaz Arif points out transformative impact of Saudi-funded equipment on research opportunities, academic diversity

King Abdullah Campus Resident Director Prof Dr Ayaz Arif emphasized the transformative impact of the new equipment on research opportunities and academic diversity. “With this support, our students will have access to resources previously only available in developed countries, unlocking unprecedented opportunities for growth and innovation,” he remarked. It is worth noting that the delivery of this state-of-the-art equipment, being imported from the USA, UK, Germany, and other countries, will continue until August this year.

This continued influx of cutting-edge resources will further bolster the academic infrastructure of the state-run university. The King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Campus stands as a symbol of the longstanding academic cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. This collaboration underscores a shared commitment to the development of human resources and the advancement of education in the region.