NUST Community Service Club's 'Education for Empowerment' program has been declared first place winner of the prestigious MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship 2015.
The MacJannet Prize was established by the Talloires Network and the MacJannet Foundation to recognize exceptional student community engagement initiatives at Talloires Network member universities, and contributes financially to their ongoing public service efforts.
With its secretariat housed at Tufts University, Massachusetts, the Talloires Network is an international association of institutions committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. The Network is guided by an elected Steering Committee of 13 members from around the world (current membership comes from 11 countries on 6 continents). Rector NUST Engr Muhammad Asghar was recently elected
for a 3-year term to the Talloires Network Steering Committee by 63
institutions from 19 countries.
NUST has been hosting the Pakistan Chapter of the Talloires Network (PCTN) since 2013, which currently has 56 Pakistani universities on-board.
This year, 61 nominations from 315 universities in 72 countries around the world were received for the MacJannet Prize. Winning the first position puts NUST in the league of the world’s top universities which have been recognized globally for their civic engagement efforts.
‘By making our youth more socially responsible, we all are trying to make our world a more caring and prosperous place for all, and our project ‘Education for Empowerment’ had been one right step in this direction. We feel that this prize is a due recognition of our students’ "Education for Empowerment" initiatives for the community, and will motivate them to adopt "Education for Empowerment" as a way of life. Besides boosting the student-led efforts for the community, this recognition will urge other universities to strive for excellence in community engagement. Above all, it will draw the attention of government & non-governmental organizations to invest in such community engagement programs at institutions of higher education for years to come, specifically in Pakistan. With this prize, we pledge to keep working for our communities and our people, and keep promoting the concept of ‘engaged university’ around the world,’ said Dr Syed Irtiza Ali Shah, faculty sponsor for NUST’s Community Service program, while responding to the announcement of the coveted prize.
NUST's MacJannet win is also covered in QSNews2WOWU Newsletter (18th Edition).
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