PRESTON UNIVERSITY

CELEBRATING TWENTY FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE

ATIF HASSAN (atif.hassan@dacb.edu.pk)
July 27 - Aug 02, 2009

Preston University has the distinction of laying the foundation of first private university in the country. In its 25 years of dedicated service to the nation, it has left no stone unturned to give the best to its students in terms of education.

Preston has been able to provide more than 30,000 well-educated and professionally groomed human capital to reputed national, multinational and international organizations located within the country and abroad.

Preston University has recently been awarded "W" Category by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), which is the highest category applicable to the universities in the country. The university has joined the ranks of the best universities of the country. The upgrade of the university came into effect after the recommendation by the HEC Inspection Committee. The committee evaluated the physical facilities, library, study programs, faculty profiles, and availability of financial and human resources of university. The upgrade of the Preston University to the top category has greatly enhanced its image and is expected to enable it to project itself as a quality centre of higher education and learning.

Preston University has five campuses in Punjab and NWFP, located at Kohat, Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore and Faisalabad. Preston University Karachi has three campuses in Karachi, located at Shara-e-Faisal, North Nazimabad and Malir. Each campus location of Preston University in Pakistan, has extensive academic facilities including classrooms, computer laboratories, libraries, and abundant space for administrative and teaching staff, common areas for students, canteen etc. All classrooms and major facilities are fully air-conditioned. Modern audiovisual aids, including video equipment, multimedia projectors, slide projectors, and overhead projectors are available for the faculty to use in the classrooms. The students for making presentations of their research projects and term papers also use these facilities.

The program strategy of Preston University is to provide university education opportunities of the highest quality at a reasonable and affordable cost. Preston University was established as School of Business and Commerce in 1984 to foster academic excellence.

Preston University is seriously committed to improving the quality of higher education in Pakistan. The university is managed by a group of dedicated professionals and academicians who have committed their lives to the cause of higher education in Pakistan. Since its inception in 1984, Preston Network has imparted knowledge and skills to thousands of individuals through many teaching programs. The experience at this University has played an important role in the professional and personal development of students.

Preston University will continue to fulfill its responsibilities to the society by creating and providing facilities for personal and professional growth of individuals who wish to make a career in the fields of business, technology, natural and social sciences, humanities, and arts.

Preston University is committed to providing university education of the highest quality to prepare students for managerial and professional positions, and to expand boundaries of knowledge through high quality academic research. The mission of Preston is to offer students the opportunity for personal growth and development, skill enhancement, or professional job advancement through the provision of higher quality education.

Preston University provides a variety of financial assistance, according to the needs of the students who are unable to meet the full cost of their education.

Preston University also provides a specific scholarship (25% on admission fee and monthly tuition fee) to serving or retired military personnel belonging to Pakistan's Armed Forces or the Police Department, and to their sons, daughters, or spouses. Scholarships are also provided to the Government employees.

All scholarships are provided after an assessment based on the needs and merit of the applicant. No candidate can claim automatic award of scholarship on any basis. Scholarship once awarded to a student may be cancelled if the student is unable to maintain satisfactory academic performance.

The various faculties of Preston University have a reputation for high quality educational programs. Academic staff teaches courses and experienced members of the professional community ensure students gain practical, work-ready skills as well as theoretical and professional training. The University also offers students a flexibility of choice in elective subjects, attendance patterns, and summer session.

A vibrant, research-oriented team of faculty, and instructors lead the various degree programs. The university creates and disseminates cutting-edge knowledge and delivers industry relevant courses, which produce forward thinking, work-ready graduates. We provide higher education, professional services, and research in ways that engage with and strengthen our constituent communities.

The university offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are most popular and perhaps the best programs offered anywhere in Pakistan. Preston University has set high quality as the major objective of its programs. This goal is achieved by the high level and standard of courses taught, by the high caliber and dedicated commitment of the faculty and by the intensive theoretical and practical training imparted to students.

The rigorous level of teaching and the challenging learning opportunities provided to the students prepare them well for the stressful job responsibilities demanded of top executives today.

The rigorous teaching is, however, interspersed by spells of extracurricular activities: sports, picnics, study trips, quiz programs, seminars, conferences etc. The welcome parties organized in honor of new entrants have become a well-established tradition at this University, with entertaining skits, comedies, music, and songs.

Preston University offers students an opportunity to develop educational and professional career at a very reasonable and affordable cost. In addition, varieties of scholarships are also provided on merit-cum-need basis. Most importantly, while the cost of Preston education is relatively low, there is no compromise on the quality of education. Preston campuses provide highly qualified and competent faculty, superb infrastructure facilities, latest and well-equipped labs and workshops, well-stocked libraries and excellent support services. Preston Network in Pakistan also provides students an opportunity to transfer between its campuses without loss of time or academic credit.

Celebrating now twenty five years of persistent growth, and introducing the most modern technology and teaching techniques at nationwide network of campuses, Preston University maintains its lead as the pioneer private institution of higher education in Pakistan. Preston University is the first private university of Pakistan and now has one of the largest networks of campuses in this country. Preston University plays an important role as leader and pace-setter in higher education in Pakistan.