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30 April 2013

Chris Theobald

MoU builds on PhD student success

Pictured l-r: Israr Ahmed, Sohail Ahmed Memon, Professor Yasmeen Faiz Kazi and Inayatullah Soomro.

The University of Central Lancashire has signed a landmark agreement with Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) in Pakistan.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) builds on existing educational links which currently involve ten SALU PhD students completing their research degrees within Lancashire Business School and the virtual Institute of Nanotechnology and Bioengineering (INB), which unites the research of several UCLan schools.

The students, who are also staff members at SALU, are working on research projects within the fields of computer security, maths, biosciences and medical sciences.

UCLan’s Professor Andrei Zvelindovsky, an inaugural speaker at the third International Conference on Computer and Emerging Technologies held recently at SALU when the MoU was signed, said: “I’ve been extremely impressed by the SALU students. The institution is a modern one but like UCLan is now producing research of a world-leading nature.

“I was also very impressed at the level of support PhD students receive here which, coupled with the state-of-the-art research facilities and the modern buildings, means our students are receiving a first rate experience.”

“In less than one year the PhD students from SALU have made remarkable progress and will present their first research results at an international conference in September 2013.”

Professor Yasmeen Faiz Kazi, the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences from SALU, made a recent visit to UCLan. The academic, a PhD graduate from the University of Glasgow and an active researcher in microbiology, leads a large faculty of 12 departments ranging from archaeology to physics.

Commenting on her visit she said: “The warm welcome, superb hospitality and valuable meetings with UCLan staff were excellent. I was also very impressed at the level of support PhD students receive here which, coupled with the state-of-the-art research facilities and the modern buildings, means our students are receiving a first rate experience.”