Director of External Linkages (DEL)
Universities are considered as hub of new knowledge, vigorous research, and innovative technology which contributes to the welfare and development of the society and vice versa. External linkages is university’s frontline arm that serves to expand partnership with the national and international organizations in order to initiate and strengthen cooperation and collaborations for uplifting institutional standards in the domain of teaching, learning, research and administration. Understanding the significance of internationalization and global character of higher education, research and innovation, the first vice chancellor of the university Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakria Zakar is pleased to establish Directorate of External Linkages. He believes that understandability, stability, strength and sustainability of our society rests with high quality and internationally competitive scientific education and capacity building in global perspective. So far, guest professor have visited UO from Germany, France, America, Scotland and Qatar and we the professors from other countries are like to visit UO in the current semester. The reports on all these visits are published in every issue of UO NEWS letter.
Seminars and interactive lectures by Dr. Norman Reid (University of Glasgow)
Prof. Dr. Norman Reid is professor of science education at Center of Science Education in University of Glasgow (UofG), Scotland. He arrived at UO on 26th of March 2019 and stayed in the university campus for three days. He was actively engaged in formal and informal meetings with students, administrative staff, and students during his stay and liked the open fields in the area where the university is located. He conducted seminars and workshopsin different departments of the University. He was the first international keynote speaker in the first National Conference on Multidisciplinary Research (NCMR) held on March 27-28, 2019.The vice chancellor of the University Prof. Dr. Muhammad ZakriaZakar in his inaugural address declared this conference as the first international conference as researchers from other countries participated in the conference. The students and faculty of the university were interested in the lectures, seminars, workshops and talks of Prof. Norman due to his motivational and interactive style of presentation that attracted a large number of students. He talked about the history of Scotland and shared with the audience how Britain invaded Scotland and forcefully made it a part of Great Britain. He told the audience that how Scottish people responded to British invaders and how they retained their identity through promotion of Scottish language and culture. He gave a presentation on “Working of Brain in Language Learning” and explained how brain and mental faculties function while learning a language and interpreting phenomena. He also discussed about different levels of learning according to age and abilities of the individuals and complexities involved in learning a language particularly a second language. He emphasized on English Language Leaning in the modern era and identified its job opportunities in different fields. He advised the participants of the seminar to teach English to the young people of Pakistan as they have more potential to learn the language as compared to adults and this can bring a meaningful change in the country. Prof. Norman also conducted a workshop on “Data Handling and using Statistics”. The students and faculty was excited to attend this workshops as it was much useful for them in organizing the data collected for the research papers and theses and managing to undergo an analysis of the data. The workshop was very effectively conducted by using multimedia presentation and practically involving the participants on handling the raw data for analyzing and interpreting the results. Prof. Norman discussed the significance of statistics and statistical analysis in research endeavors and emphasized valid and justified choice of test of analysis and making a true interpretation of the results.
Prof. Dr. Marnix Dressen-Wagne from France visits UO
Prof. Dr. Marnix Dressen-Wagne is the third international guest professor who visited University of Okara on the invitation of Vice Chancellor of the university Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakria Zakar. He delivered various lectures, conducted workshops and seminars on different topics during his stay from March 2-16, 2019. More than 2000 students, faculty members, administrative personnel from all of the departments of the university participated in the activities arranged by Director of External Linkages with the assistance of heads/inchages of the departments. Many other students and faculty members informally interacted with the visiting professor and discussed various matters of academic, professional and research interests. Prof. Dr. Marnix Dressen-Wagne is professor of sociology at Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University (UVSQ) France and recently he is supervising a research project on comparative study of coach cleaners working in Pakistan Railways and French Railway system. The project named PERIDOT is run with mutual support of Higher Education Commission and Government of France. Under this project Pakistani and French researchers get opportunities to interact for joint research activities. In an inaugural session with faculty of UO Prof. Marnix spoke on Evaluation of French Universities with special focus on UVSQ. The faculty asked questions on education system in France and got an insight into our own education system in this perspective. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakria Zakar talked about internationalization of higher education and significance of connecting UO with other top-ranked universities of the world. The Director of External Linkages Dr. Syed A. Waheed introduced UO to the guest professor and presented a short history of Okara city. The topics about which Prof. Marnix talked at different departments of the university include Interviewing and Construction of Questionnaire, Gender and Hierarchical Relations, Hierarchical and Ethnic Relations, Natural and social sciences: Commonalities and differences, French school versus German school of social sciences and Labor Laws in Western Countries. He also delivered a lecture in the neighboring campus of University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. The students enthusiastically attended the lectures, workshops and seminars and actively took part in debates with Prof. Marnix after each of the sessions. The students of all of the departments welcomed him with smiling face and presented bouquet to the guest professor. This event also provided students an opportunity to understand French culture and importance of interacting with the persons from other cultures. Professor Marnix loved to travel by train because of his area of interest. He met different people while traveling between Lahore and Okara in Jafer Express and Tezgam. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakria Zakar presented souvenir and certificate of appreciation to him and greatly valued his lectures and interactive sessions at UO.
Visit of Dr. Sebastian Kurtenbach (Germany) at University of Okara on 27 & 28 February 2019
The vice chancellor of University of Okara Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zkaria Zakar has invited four foreign faculty members during the last 5 months. Dr. Sebastian Kurtenbach visited University of Okara on 27th and 28th of February 2019. He is interim professor of social work at University of Applied Sciences Muenster, Germany. Dr. Kurtenbach along with Mr. Abdul Rauf, Research Associate at Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG), Bielefeld University Germany shared findings of their research titled “Street code and risky violence in risky neighborhood: A cross-cultural comparison of youth violence in Germany, Pakistan and South Africa”. It was a joint research project of the researchers who belonged to Bielefeld University, Germany; Quaid-i-Azam University Pakistan and Cape Town University, South Africa. The researchers from these universities include Prof. Dr. Wilehlm Heithmeyer, Dr. Steffen Zdun, Dr. Sebastian Kurtenbach, Dr. Simon Howell, Abdul Rauf and Dr. Muhammad Zaman. A seminar on this project was held at the University of Okara on 27th of October 2019. More than 200 people including students, employees from the administration and faculty members from all academic departments attended the seminar. Dr. Syed A. Waheed, Director of External Linkages presented a brief introduction to the University of Okara. Afterwards, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakria Zakar welcomed guest professor and his colleague at the University. Prof. Zakria spoke that youth violence is a significant issue not only in developing countries but also in advanced countries like Germany and that such issues should be addressed through research and designing policies accordingly. Dr. Senastian Kurthenbach presented the results of their research project. He presented the codes of street and violence and how these codes vary in Germany, Pakistan and South Africa in the perspective and context of the culture in each country. The participants discussed the ways to improve conditions of the youth to make them productive part of the country and gave recommendations for the policy makers for the betterment of the youth through controlling violence. Both the participants answered questions of the attendees of the seminar. The students and faculty members informally talked with the guest professor about different academic affairs in Germany and Pakistan at the end of seminar. The attendees of the seminar took keen interest in lecture and discussion with guest professor and learnt how youth violence prevailed in different cultures. On the next day, the guest professor also had a formal interaction with the media persons from different newspapers and TV channels next day. The journalist asked the questions on youth violence in Pakistani perspective and its specific situation in other countries of the world particularly Germany and South Africa.
Syed A. Waheed, PhD (Vienna), Director of External Linkages, University of Okara, Okara, 56300, (Punjab), Pakistan
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