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Consul General praises UCLan

04 December 2012

Rachel Atkinson

Research and project work highlighted as Pakistani dignitaries visit Preston Campus

Work undertaken in Pakistan by University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) staff and students has been praised by the Pakistan Consul General.

Mr Ehsan Ullah Batth visited the Preston Campus with Syed Ali Yasir Naqvi, Pakistan Education Officer from the Consulate, and met the academics and undergraduates who have carried out research and volunteering opportunities in the country. The dignitaries also met Pakistani students who are currently studying at UCLan in Preston.

“I’m really honoured and privileged to be here to see the fantastic work being undertaken”

Over the past year Dr Nicola Lowe, Principal Lecturer in the Centre for Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences, led a research team in collaboration with Pakistan’s Khyber Teaching Hospital to improve the nutrition and health status of Pakistani communities.

While a group students from the UCLan Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership visited the University of Gujrat to embark on a Global Youth Leadership project with students there.

UCLan Vice-Chancellor Malcolm McVicar and the Pakistan Consul General Mr Ehsan Ullah Batth exchanging gifts

“I’m really pleased the Consul General and the Education Officer could accept the invitation to come here”


Mr Batth said: “I’m really honoured and privileged to be here to see the fantastic work being undertaken. UCLan is a place of great learning and provides an inspiration to young people. I’ve heard great things about the research Dr Lowe and the Abaseen Foundation are doing and I’m looking forward to speaking to Pakistani students about their experiences of being a student at UCLan.”

Malcolm McVicar, UCLan Vice-Chancellor, added: “I’m really pleased the Consul General and the Education Officer could accept the invitation to come here and meet the people who are working very hard on developing our educational links with Pakistan.

“Internationalisation is one of our top priorities and getting students studying at our campuses in Cyprus, Thailand or Sri Lanka is vital. It’s one world, the barriers are down which makes it much easier to travel and enjoy a global study experience.”