Pakistan has always been an important recruitment destination for AGU and is already the most represented nationality on campus, along with Morocco. Pakistani applications to AGU keep growing from year to year, along with the academic quality of candidates, as the University’s reputation among A-Level students grows.
During the six-day stay, AGU International Office coordinator Emeric Abrignani visited 4 major cities (Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Islamabad), where he participated in 4 fairs, 8 high school visits and took some time off to visit and have meetings in the 2 best universities in Pakistan.
The tours and fairs were very well organized by AGU’s partner in Pakistan, Tri-Star Education and attended by five top Turkish universities. Many graduate students especially joined the fair with their families, to enquire about our Master and PhD programs. Ambassadors and Consuls also came to assure students and university representatives of their support for student mobility and to guarantee smooth visa procedures for Pakistani students who are accepted to universities abroad.
The fairs in Karachi and Lahore were also the opportunity to meet with the parents of our current Pakistani AGU students, who wished to thank AGU for the services and support provided to their children. Our students also asked their families to pass along packages to bring back to Kayseri, in preparation for the upcoming AGU Intercultural Series edition, which will feature Pakistan.
While traveling across the country, Tri-Star participants also visited 8 high schools, including several Roots Ivy campuses, Lahore Grammar School and SICA. High School students are very interested in the Abdullah Gül University, as they know it offers a good alternative to UK and US higher education institutions. Students and their counselors are more and more aware that Turkey is the 2nd country in Europe (after the UK), in terms of English-medium instruction. AGU for instance, is one of the five universities in Turkey offering all of their programs 100% in English; on top of the many institutions offering programs in English and Turkish. Pakistani families recognize that Turkey has top universities offering affordable programs and a friendly and familiar environment to international students.
The Abdullah Gül University had also organized campus visits to the two best universities in Pakistan – Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) – where the International Office met with their Partnership Office representatives. Both institutions, located in Lahore and Islamabad, are very innovative and elite universities and have many similarities with AGU. Following these meetings, the parties agreed to collaborate on future joint projects.
Undergraduate applications to AGU for Fall 2017 opened this week until August 1st, 2017 and we have already received our first Pakistani applications. We expect to receive even more requests from Pakistani candidates of exceptional academic quality.
After such an intense and productive visit, and our previous three trips to Pakistan with Tri-Star Education, the AGU International Office is eager to come back and further connect with the Pakistani people and institutions in the coming years.