KHALIL AHMED, Senior Correspondent
Dec 25 - 31, 2006

The Ministry of Higher Education Saudi Arabia has shown keen interest to promote the number of its approved universities for the Saudi students for higher education in Pakistan. The ministry has long and collaborative educational relationship with many of the well known approved Pakistani universities. In this regard a high level delegation from the ministry visited Pakistan during December 2006 and assessed different leading educational institutions of Pakistan. In the field of engineering and computer sciences, FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences was also proposed. The high level Saudi delegation visited the FAST-NU Karachi Campus during December to find out the procedure of application and the criteria of eligibility for admission for the foreign students at FAST-NU. The delegation was also interested in finding out the number of seats that FAST-NU would be able to spare for the Saudi students. Dr Zubair Ahmad Shaikh, Associate Dean and the Director Karachi Campus, received the delegation at the campus and showed them around. The delegation members visited the campus and had meeting with the Heads of the Departments and Senior faculty members and with some students. They visited the facilities offered by FAST-NU Karachi Campus and praised their standards.

The Saudi delegation comprised of Dr. Abdulaziz Alhamed, Dr. Mansoor Al-Zoair, Mr. Abdulsalam Al-Sheikh and Mr. Akhtar Hussain. The delegation was representing Ministry of Higher Education, Saudi Arabia, King Abdul Aziz University and Saudi Consulate in Pakistan.

Founded as a Federally Chartered University, the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences is a premier university of Pakistan, renowned for quality and impact of its students in the development of local software and other industries. The university has four modern campuses at Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and Peshawar. These campuses provide world class educational environment and recreational facilities to over 4,000 under-graduate and graduate students, around one fifth of whom, are women.

Research wings of the university are well recognized, nationally and internationally. They are embarked upon cutting edge research having direct impact on the social, economic and technological needs of Pakistan. Our vision is to become globally recognized research university of Pakistan within the next decade.

Foundation for Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST) is the sponsoring body of the FAST National University. It was established in 1980, and is registered with the Government of Pakistan as a charitable institution. In 1985, it selected higher education as a vehicle to pursue its objective of producing scientists and technologists of the highest caliber. It started by offering the country's first undergraduate program in Computer Science XE "Computer Science". Today, the National University sponsored by FAST stands recognized as the leader and trendsetter in this field in Pakistan and abroad.

Mr. Wasim Sajjad is the President of the Board of Governors of FAST. A Board of Governors, elected in accordance with its Charter, manages the affairs of FAST. The members of the Board are eminent personalities in their respective fields and are associated with FAST in an honorary capacity.



This program prepares students to meet the challenges posed by an ever competitive global marketplace. The world is becoming a global village, and interaction between people is taking new shapes. To meet new challenges, one has to understand the business practices in other parts of the world. This program is intended to produce managers and business administrators, who are equipped with the latest trends and practices in their areas of learning, and are ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow.


The purpose of this program is to produce Computer Engineers who can play a significant role in the rapidly expanding computer industry. This program exposes students to the latest developments in the field of Computer Engineering. In the final semester, students are expected to spend a good deal of time in completing a project. This project may be carried out in collaboration with industry, under the guidance of internal and external supervisors.


The purpose of the Computer Science XE "Computer Science"  degree programs is to produce computer scientists who can form the backbone of the fast growing computer industry.


This 4-year program meets the requirements of the international telecommunication industry and the governments, which control the telecommunication industry. Students spend a good deal of time in undertaking a project during the final year of their studies. This project may be carried out in collaboration with industry, under the guidance of internal and external supervisors.

FAST-NU admits students, purely on merit, irrespective of sex, social status, and financial background. The University aims to provide best quality education and to promote scholarship, so that generation of knowledge, which is the aim of any university, is achieved. The sponsoring body of the University FAST ensures that financial assistance is available to all bright and indigent students.

This year, although the University has not added a new discipline, it has decided to offer Master level programs in Telecom Engineering and Business Administration. This is part of University's strategy to give greater emphasis on graduate education, i.e. Master and PhD level programs while simultaneously updating and improving the quality of undergraduate program. To achieve this FAST-NU is continuously striving to attract talented scholars to its faculty and improving the library and laboratory facilities. While emphasizing the highest level of professional competence and personality development in under-graduate students, it is FAST-NU conviction that graduate programs should be the focal point for any university. Research leads to creation of new knowledge which is the main purpose of universities all over. Progress of humanity is fuelled by each new discovery and development. Nations which invest in research today can expect rich dividends tomorrow."