HYDERABAD:A young Pakistani I.T. scientist Dr. Yar Mohammad Mughal, who is also the Assistant Professor at University of Tartu-Estonia, has suggested the students of University of Sindh Jamshoro particularly those studying in computer science, information technology and software engineering to opt for Estonia to get higher education after winning scholarships offered by many top rated universities of this European country.
He said though Estonia is a small, burgeoning, North European country but it is the current world leader in the information technology developments and the digitization in all spheres of life.
He stated this while delivering lecture titled ‘Bachelor, Master and PhD opportunities in 250 educational disciplines/ areas in Estonia for Pakistani
students’ at a seminar held here at the Senate Hall of Vice Chancellor’s Secretariat, University of Sindh Jamshoro on Friday. Chaired by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Mohammad Burfat, the lecture was attended by Prof. Dr. Kamran Taj Pathan, Dr. Imtiaz Korejo, Dr. Intizar Ali Lashari and syndicate member Asad Ali Buledi except that a large number of students, hailing from varsity’s institutes of computer science, information technology and software engineering.
Dr. Yar Mohammad Mughal spoke exclusively about why Pakistanis should prefer to study and work in Estonia, and what opportunities the country offered. He said that higher education in this small European state came at relatively low tuition fee, living costs were low and there were various scholarship options available for international students. He told that Estonia had become the first country in the world to have adopted the concept of E-residency in 2014 and had a completely computer-based government. “Before that in 2005, it was the first nation to hold internet elections”, he maintained. He said that the students of Sindh University needed to get benefits from the technological advancements of Estonia in order to serve the province and the country upon their return to Pakistan. The Estonia has recently signed a vital academic collaboration, approved Erasmus, and established International Credit Mobility Funds between Pakistan and Estonian Universities”, said Dr. Yar Mohammad Mughal.
Eulogizing Estonia’s friendly laws regarding immigrant workers and her relatively liberal social trends, he said that as an international student in Estonia, a person could dove-tail his/her studies with part-time or full-time jobs that would be enough to provide a stable support to study, work and stay in this dreamland. About the recent educational links with Pakistani universities, he said that the collaboration was developed between University of Tartu and National University Science of Technology (NUST) Islamabad and Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET) Jamshoro – a step that will go a long way in helping students pursue their education in Europe.
Discussing Estonians’ view on Pakistanis, Dr. Mughal said that the people there were not particularly aware of Pakistan and its culture, but the he along with his friends on the platform of Pakistan Estonia Association (PEA) was working towards changing this perception.
“The PEA is aimed at creating soft image of the country and strengthening the ties between both the countries,” he said, adding, “we wish to expand people-to-people contact and linkage between Estonia and Pakistan by playing our role as the people’s voice.”
He informed that Over 250 unique and high quality degree programmes, internationally accepted diplomas, various state scholarships were being offered, where English remained the medium of instruction due to its wide public currency.