GREENWICH UNIVERSITY

S.KAMAL HAYDER KAZMI ,
(feedback@pgeconomist.com)
Research Analyst
, PAGE
Oct 25 - 31, 2010

Greenwich University, established under an Act of Sindh government, is duly recognised by the HEC as an autonomous degree-awarding university. Greenwich University, as a seat of learning, is known for its academic excellence and recognised across the world as one of the leading institutions of higher education in Pakistan. Greenwich is also legally empowered to offer its degree program overseas, and to grant affiliation to other institutions. Academic counseling program is designed to assist all students with their academic needs, course planning, program selection, probation counseling, and change of academic status. Apart from full time academic advisors, faculty members are also advisors. Students are required to meet with an advisor before each term's registration to have their course schedules approved.

Tuition Fee and Other Rupees
Fee for obtaining and submission Greenwich University Admission Documents 1000
Undergraduate course tuition fee per credit hour (level 100-400) 2667
Graduate tuition fee per credit hour (level 500) 3500
Registration fee per semester (Undergraduate program) 3000
Registration fee per semester (Graduate program) 4000
Sports/extra curricular activities fees 2000
Computer lab fee/library/research support facilities 2000
Examination fee per course 500
Development fund 2000

The degree program requires orientation courses for all new full-time/part-time students. It helps the students to obtain various other details about the program, introduction to the faculty members, and system of teaching.

Recently, Greenwich University has offered language skills program. In order to make sure that language learning is optimum for the students the university makes links with the best language learning facilities at Islamabad and Karachi.

Moreover, Greenwich's computer lab is equipped with microcomputers and various necessary soft wares for students and it is available to all registered students. All branded computers are Pentium IV, supported by LAN and WI-FI networking. The Library is also designed to meet the needs of students and faculty, and to provide support for the curriculum. The emphasis in the collection of books, so far, has been on business and related fields. The total number of textbooks currently available in the library is approximately 8,000.

GOVERNMENT EFFORTS

Public expenditure on education as percentage to GDP is lowest in Pakistan as compared to other countries of the South Asian. Pakistan had allocated 2.5 per cent of GDP during 2006-07, 2.47 per cent in 2007-08, 2.1 per cent in 2008-09 and two per cent in 2009-10 showing a consistent decline. However, 948,364 students were enrolled in 2009-10 in higher education as against 803,507 in 2008-09.

In order to boost up higher education four new universities have been established during the year 2009-10 making the total number to 132 universities with 50,825 teachers in both private and public sectors.

Public sector expenditure on education as percentage of GDP is 2.6 per cent in Bangladesh, 3.2 per cent in Nepal, 3.3 per cent in India, 5.2 per cent in Iran and 8.3 per cent in Maldives.

Pakistan has managed to build only 16 universities in last two decades. As a result, acceptance rate for most of the universities is below five per cent, which is horribly low when compared with other international universities. Scarcity of good educational institutes has led to rise in competition and students have to pass through number of entrance test and interviews. Although, it is a good practice but students from rural areas are usually left behind in the race since they do not have money and access to good coaching centers, which provide preparation for aptitude test.

PROGRAMMES
UNDERGRADUATE/ GRADUATE/ MPHIL/PHD
BS Business Administration (BS-BA) BS Communication & Media Studies
BS Economics BS Gender & Women Studies
BS International Relations BS Political Science
BS Social Work BS Sociology

CONCLUSION

In order to make private universities affordable to students, government needs to closely monitor their cost and fee structures since high fee structure shows that these institutions have been commercialised. Maybe, this is a case for competition commission of Pakistan to probe in.

To increase use of technology in educational institutes, government also needs to provide laptops, computers, software, and multimedia at subsidised rates to students. With establishment of more open universities, rate of literacy can be substantially improved since these programmes are relatively inexpensive for both students and educational institutions.

As far as Greenwich University is concerned, it considers education a life-long endeavor, and therefore, it constantly develops its programmes to provide students with professional skills and knowledge to achieve positions as leaders in the world of business, commerce, or any other professions they may choose to purse.