In addition to the charter by Sindh government Preston University
Pakistan has an affiliation with Preston University, USA
Oct 25 - 31, 1999
"Preston University Pakistan offers its students the opportunity
for personal growth and development, skill enhancement, professional job advancement by
imparting high quality education at an affordable cost", said Dr. Abdul Basit,
President, Preston University in an exclusive interview with PAGE.
Preston University Pakistan was first established in 1984 as the School
of Business and Commerce offering university level courses in the private sector for the
first time in the history of Pakistan. With a humble start in 1984 in Rawalpindi, the
University has nine campuses in all four provinces of Pakistan. The University has
expanded its operations and diversified its educational programmes to meet the ever
increasing need for higher education in the country.
Dr. Basit said "Preston University has several distinctions over
its competitors. It is the pioneer private institute of management education in the
country. The enrollment of more than 5000 students and 15 long years makes it the oldest
and the largest private university in Pakistan. Uniform courses and examination policy
offer a unique flexibility to the students regarding transfer from one campus to another
without loss of time or academic credit, should the need arise. The University offers
excellent physical facilities and equipment and provides an atmosphere and an environment
conducive to high quality education.
"Several institutions now offer professional education in Pakistan
but success of Preston University is the excellence in designing curriculum and
identifying right type of text books. The University is continuously exerting to develop
the business professionals to meet the demand for education in IT and e-commerce. The
teaching and evaluation standards are set at a very high level. Students are frequently
given assignments, quizzes, term papers and projects. The University has also initiated
doctoral programmes in business administration, computer science, economics, environment
management, development studies and textile managemen. Karachi Campus has already launched
the technology courses of B-Tech, B-Tech (Hons) and Bachelors and Masters in Textile
Management, said Dr. Basit.
"Preston University has the distinction of designing its own
curriculum to satisfy the needs and demands of students and the market. The extensive job
acceptance of our graduates by a wide variety of highly respected and well know
multinationals is a testimony to the quality of education imparted through its curriculum
and dedicated faculty", Dr. Basit added.
He further added "The University is using the most effective
techniques to develop the knowledge and skills of students by organizing guest speaker
lectures/sessions, visits to industrial sector, Chambers of Commerce, Stock Exchange, to
keep them abreast with the latest changes in Pakistan. The University ensures its
participation in various research and development oriented competitions arranged by
Basit said, "It was hard to believe as to how a reasonably good
student of intermediate will cope with BBA programme but we accepted the challenge.
Dedicated efforts enabled us to produce hundreds of business professionals in the last
fifteen years. Undoubtedly we have been successful in setting the example even for other
private business institutions to follow".
Preston University is also the leader in introducing the Executive MBA,
Executive MS and Doctoral Programs. The Executive Programs are of one year duration and
curriculum is designed in such a manner that working professionals get an opportunity to
earn a Masters degree while continuing their jobs or business. Executive programs are the
most popular programs at all campuses of Preston University. The Doctoral programs are
handled by the Islamabad office under guidance of most experienced supervisors.
In addition to the grant of charter by the Provincial Assembly of Sindh
in March 1999, Preston University Pakistan has an affiliation with Preston University,
USA, which is approved and licensed by the Wyoming State Department of Education, USA, and
is accredited by the World Association of Universities and Colleges, Nevada, USA.
Preston's graduates/students have been accepted for admission and for transfer of credits
to other universities in USA, U.K. and several other countries.