Vice Chancellor - The Year End Note

December 2017

Dear Friends and Patrons,

 

Happy New Year and Seasons' Greetings!

 

On behalf of all of us at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad-Pakistan, I send you our best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2018.

During the year 2017, the University has sustained growth in almost every quality parameter. This year, the Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif along with top hierarchy of the government inaugurated the first and largest ever girls hostel at the varsity whereas 1st phase of the HEC funded hostel would also be available in the days to come.

This year, our dedicated faculty has earned largest number (11/32) of research projects among all the 185 public universities of the country under HEC Technology Development Fund and clinched 1st position in the country followed by Quad–e-Azam University, COMSATS, University of Punjab and Karachi University by winning 31 Research Productivity Awards under Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of Pakistan.

There were more than 500 foreign visitors in the year and about as many outreach engagements and service events to the government departments. The international visitors have continued to add value to our intellectual landscape. We continued to promote experiential learning opportunities for the entire campus community.

The university has sustained growth in the student enrollment, faculty hiring and logistics. The USAID funded center for advanced studies has achieved its goals in research and training in collaboration with the University of California, Davis and the Washington State University, Pullman. Several new project agreements have been signed including the construction of a model Confucius Institute, a Chinese Research Base of Xinjiang Agricultural University and the Punjab Dengue Vector Research Laboratory.

UAF has improved its NTU Rankings in agricultural sciences at 12th position (from 20th) in the Asia Pacific region and at 72nd position (from 85th) in the world. We remain first and the only Pakistani university in top 100 world universities in any ranking system as ranked QS 85th in agricultural sciences. The US News Ranking has placed UAF at 94th position in the subject category. According to the UI Green Metric World Ranking-2016, our position has improved from 34th to 9th in education category among 516 entries.

UAF continue to boom, thanks to excellent teamwork and ownership on the part of entire campus community and support from the provincial and federal governments. Please visit our web site www.uaf.edu.pk

 

Regards,

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Zafar

Vice Chancellor