University of Central Asia in Islamabad is all ready to be established by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) with a funding of Rs 2.84 billion. The institute will aim and target students from Central Asian countries.
A sum of Rs. 600 million had been allocated for university establishment in the 2016-17 budget. Another Rs. 500 million will be allocated in the upcoming fiscal year. With all the funding, the UCAP’s basic structure will begin to construct in the coming days, soon after a few issues have been taken care of.
The classes for UCAP are set to begin in September 2018 at COMSATS University, Islamabad. The final location for the university has yet to be decided.
The government has taken this initiative in order to make Pakistan an education hub for the Central Asian students. It is mainly aimed to promote economic and social development, cultural exchange and bring international peace and stability.
This initiative will also impact cooperation between the Central Asian States and Pakistan in a positive manner and will create more regional understanding among the countries.
Initially, the UCAP will offer various programs in Schools of Business and Leadership. The process of building the academic infrastructure is going on, the staff hiring for faculty and head of departments if going on. The courses and admission procedure will be finalized after the induction of staff and faculty.
Anyone may apply for the head of the university as well as for the faculty position at UCAP. The nationality of the person doesn’t matter. He/she must fulfill the selection criteria set by the HEC.
The provision of land and basic structure for the university will be taken care of by the government of Pakistan, while Central Asian countries can also participate in the operational costs by offering scholarships and other monetary support.