INNOVATIVE TEACHING WITH AN INTERNATIONAL DIMENSION
The structure, content and aims of all the NHU courses are developed through active advice and close involvement by experienced individual academics from leading internationally renowned universities in the UK, most notably University College London and the University of Westminster. The courses on offer at NHU are thus designed as developed versions of the educational framework and teaching methodologies operating in the UK, but altered to take into account the specific contexts presented by the local needs of Karachi and national trends in Pakistan.
Up-to-date teaching and learning through special ‘E-Learning Programmes’ is a feature of every NHU course. Internationally renowned academics and expert practitioners will use video conferencing and other digital media to deliver a range of lectures and workshops for specific modules as an addition to the local teaching team, thereby expanding the knowledge base for each subject. An understanding has been made in this regard with academics and practitioners from a number of UK universities like University College London and the University of Westminster. This will enable students at NHU to obtain direct access to the very latest international research and debates in their subject area, helping them to transform the vast amount of information now accessible through electronic technologies into knowledge they can use within a structured educational framework.
‘LIVE’ PROJECTS FOR COMMUNITY AND INDUSTRY INTERACTION
Given its commitment to academic innovation and the creative development of students, NHU has made as a basis for its educational curriculum the formation of active links with various industries and communities in Karachi and wider Pakistan. Within each course, therefore, two modules are specifically allocated to ‘live’ projects for students, one with industry and the other with a local community group. This emphasis on ‘live’ projects enables students to get involved with real-world conditions from the early stages of their university education, equipping them with vital theoretical and practical knowledge. Direct involvement by students in ‘live’ projects will also encourage research through a practice-based approach which can also benefit the local community.
Another important feature that makes NHU a unique and exciting place to study is its outlook towards both environmental and social sustainability. This topic will be presented, debated and analysed on a theoretical and practical level on every course in all of the NHU faculties, each of which will contain a compulsory sustainability module. The aim is to address the subject across all the professions that NHU covers: architecture, engineering and business studies. It is hoped that, as a result, the students will develop a responsible attitude towards environmental awareness, the use of natural resources, and socio-cultural inclusion, regardless of their particular subject of study.
Engr. Farhat M. KhanChancellor
Prof. Dr. S. Altaf Hussain Ph.D (London)Vice Chancellor