Maj Gen Khadim Hussain, HI(M) (Retd)
The Foundation University Islamabad (FUI), a project of Fauji Foundation was established under a federal charter in October 2002. The University’s programmes of study have been duly accredited by Higher Education Commission (HEC), National Computing Education Accreditation Council (NCEAC), Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan (CPSP) and Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC). The University has been rated as category ‘W4’ (the highest rating category) by the HEC and is also ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Certified by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service.
The priority areas of the FUI in the domain of academics and administration have a very sharp focus on excellence in teaching and learning, persistent quality enhancement, encouraging innovation and creativity and service to the local, national and international communities. A special emphasis is laid on collaborative research and partnerships with leading institutions/universities of repute coupled with open communication, consultation and close liaison with industry for meaningful synergy.
In line with our vision, the University has taken various new initiatives and devised SOPs through the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC). As a result, the FUI is rapidly transforming into a researchled teaching institution. In this context, a Graduate Research Centre has recently been established. The Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) has also been revamped to constantly monitor the assessment of students’ learning outcome, evaluate existing programs for relevance/effectiveness and regularly carrying out faculty assessment.
At FUI, special efforts are also being made to develop collaborative provisions and linkages with other HEIs at national as well as international levels and to link the University with local community and corporate sector, especially FF industries. FUI has signed number of MoUs with different local and global Universities and is regularly pursuing these deeds in order to establish a vibrant mutual collaboration for the benefit of students, scholars and faculty.
FUI has lately signed another MOU with University of Bedfordshire (UOB), UK, under this collaboration a 3+1 Transnational Education progression arrangement has been finalized for the students of BSCS and BCSE who shall complete their first three years of education at FUI and the last year at UOB. The graduates will be eligible for grant of UOB (UK) degree having its due recognition by the accrediting bodies of UK and Pakistan.
The highly qualified and experienced faculty, at the two campuses of Foundation University, is second to none and is constantly playing its significant role to take FUI at the heights of academic excellence. FUI has state-ofthe-art academic blocks having fully equipped Labs, libraries, lecture halls, video conferencing facility, digital library, students’ hub, medical laboratories, museums, auditorium, seminar halls and conference rooms etc. As the enhancement and up-gradation of infrastructure is a continuous process, in this stride, establishment of a Media House, an FM Channel and a Psychological Clinic is in progress. The FUI has already launched its unique Campus Management System.
Besides quality education and research, the FUI is also focused on the students’ counseling, career guidance and serves as a bridge between University graduates and the employers. In addition, the University is making dedicated endeavors to provide substantial opportunities to its students for participation in various co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for their mental and physical growth.
Foundation University Islamabad Campus consists of a Medical College, College of Dentistry, Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences, the University Secretariat and 750 bedded Fauji Foundation Hospital, which serves as the Teaching Hospital for the Trainees.
The Foundation University’s Rawalpindi Campus is providing quality education in the fields of Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Business, Economics, Psychology, Education, Humanities and Liberal Arts from Bachelor to Doctoral level. The campus is an excellent technological platform to provide congenial educational environment to its students and researchers.
I would like to assure the parents and our prospective students who are thinking to become the part of FUI family that their decision to join FUI will bear desired fruits in the times ahead. They will always find the University management, faculty and the administrative staff to assist and guide them, not only during their stay at the campus but even after becoming the proud graduate of FUI. May ALLAH Almighty shower His blessings on all of us to achieve our mission.