For its National Outreach Programme, LUMS has been named a regional finalist for the CASE Platinum Awards 2021 in the ‘Best Practices in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’ category (NOP).
The prestigious Council for Promotion and Support of Education (CASE), a non-profit organisation devoted to global educational advancement, bestows the Platinum Awards. The competition’s final round will take place later this year, with LUMS representing the Asia-Pacific region at the international round.
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The NOP supports the University’s Learning Without Borders concept by assisting in the provision of world-class education to all exceptional students, regardless of their financial circumstances. After its inception in 2001, it has reached out to 12,880 aspiring students in 136 cities, including rural towns and villages such as Bahawalnagar, Hunza, Swat, and Taxila, among others. The scheme has so far disbursed PKR370 million in fees, living stipend, books, and housing assistance to chosen NOP scholars.
“We feel proud to be representing Asia-Pacific in the final round of the Platinum Awards 2021, with our National Outreach Programme,” said Syed Babar Ali, LUMS’ founding Pro-Chancellor. Via their continuing support in every aspect of this initiative, our teachers and colleagues have played a critical role in this achievement. Any NOP scholar should become a potential leader who returns to their societies as a positive change agent.”
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“Through NOP, LUMS is delivering on its pledge to provide a transformational educational experience for talented individuals from deprived communities from across Pakistan,” said Vice-Chancellor Dr Arshad Ahmad. Qualifying as a regional finalist for the Platinum Awards 2021 for this initiative speaks for itself, and it reinforces our commitment to forging a wider direction toward making world-class higher education available to more students from underserved areas around the country.”
In the field of “Best Practices in Digital Communications,” the University’s LUMS Live program received an honourable mention for continuing critical debates and remaining linked considering the social distancing limits imposed by the pandemic. More than 70 sessions have been held so far, with fruitful conversations and responses to key questions, thanks to the project including business specialists from both inside and outside the LUMS group.