UAE cadets graduate from Pakistan naval university

DUBAI - The UAE Naval College cadets, who graduated in a grand ceremony in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, have been awarded BSc (Honours) degrees in Naval Sciences from Bahria University of Pakistan, said Rector, Bahria University, Vice-Admiral (retd) Fayyaz-ur-Rehman.

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Asma Ali Zain

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Published: Wed 14 May 2003, 9:00 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:00 PM

In an interview with Khaleej Times, Adm. Rehman, who has been invited here by the UAE government to attend the convocation of the UAE Naval College, said that the UAE Naval College is affiliated with the Bahria University in Karachi, Pakistan.

He said that the Bahria University was open to public while admissions were based on merit system.

"The conferring of Pakistan's Bahria University degrees to the UAE Navy students was a historic event for both the navies as it would further strengthen cooperation between the two countries.

Adm. Rehman said that the UAE Navy officers had been trained in Pakistan while the instructors at the UAE Naval College also hailed from Pakistan.

Bahria University, headquartered in Islamabad, is an autonomous body with a multi-campus university. The constituent units of the university are spread throughout Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.

These include the Pakistan Naval Academy Karachi, PN War College Lahore, Bahria Institutes of Management and Computer Sciences at Karachi and Islamabad, the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Islamabad, the Institute of Professional Psychology at PNS Shifa Karachi and Bahria Colleges at Karachi and Islamabad. Adm. Rehman said that the university is open to all foreigners, adding that Ajman University and Dental College and Al Ain University had showed considerable interest in the university during this visit.

Elaborating, he said that the UAE Naval College was following the curriculum set by Bahria University.

"The cooperation between our brotherly navies dates back to over 30 years when the first batch of UAE Naval cadets came to Pakistan Naval Academy," he said. The four-year-old multi-campus university runs on self-financing basis without depending heavily on the government funds.

Adm. Rehman said that in another 4-6 months, officers would be visiting the UAE Naval College for routine inspection purposes. Further information on the university can be found on the we bsite www.bci.edu.pk



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