Islamabad: The Millennium University College (TMUC) in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom organised the Transnational Industry-Academia Partnership for Entrepreneurship and Employability Symposium 2018 in an effort to bridge the gap between industry and the academia at TMUC Auditorium, H-11/4, says a press release.
This symposium aims to provide a platform for academia-industry alliances where academia and industry representatives guide participants with their views concerning the scope and impact of transnational education.
The President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan attended this special event as the chief guest. The guest panel comprised intellectuals, academics, policy makers and entrepreneurs including Mr. Stuart Smith (Director International Partnerships, at University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom), Sajjeed Aslam (head of ACCA Pakistan), Naeem Zamindar (chairman Board of Investments), Rashid Ali Khan (chairman Nayatel), Sarim Sheikh (GE President & CEO of GE Pakistan) and Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq, founder & chief executive of TMUC, Pakistan. Journalist Moeed Hasan Pirzada moderated the discussion.
The audience was mainly represented by working professionals, representatives of industrial sector, academicians, students of professional accountancy qualifications and business and accountancy fraternity. During the discussing Sajjeed Aslam maintained that the lack of ethics is causing disruption in the industry, “We must build work ethics and develop a curriculum that creates a work force that knows how to manage a work-life integration”. Addressing education providers in Pakistan Mr. Stuart Smith stressed on the need to continually evolve and prepare students to leave the university and step straight into the workplace.
Praising the Pakistani youth for their ability to find innovative solutions that bend the rules Naeem Zamindar stated that this ability should be developed as it sets us apart. All the speakers agreed that the academia and the industry shared a symbiotic relationship. “Academia produces graduates who are absorbed by industry. Such workshops or specialist meetings organised by academics can be an excellent source of new ideas as they bring together experts to discuss the state of-the-art and potential research agendas,” they said.
In his closing remarks, President Sardar Masood Khan complimented TMUC leadership, staff and panellists for offering a discussion that was cerebral, relevant and substantive. Addressing the youth in the audience he stated that “Pakistan is at the cusp of an economic revolution and so there is no need for dejection, be confident that they can transform things as they are today.”
TMUC and RMS Chief Executive Faisal Mushtaq (Tamgha-i-Imtiuaz) in his address stated that “With innovation at an all-time high, and drivers such as digitization and globalization influencing the future, the opportunities for generation next are significant. Professional accountants throughout the world are uniquely placed to help organisations create sustainable growth and prosperity in the global economy. Yet adding to this equation are the ambitions of today’s young workforce, the stakes for the attraction, engagement, development, and retention of the youngest generation in the profession today are high”.