Expanding the Horizon of a Rising Global University:  Danubius University Goes to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Expanding the Horizon of a Rising Global University: Danubius University Goes to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Picture3In the spirit of his own words that say, “a good university is a universal institution insofar as knowledge is universal,” and the vision to transform Danubius University into a global institution, Dr. Steve O. Michael, Rector and CEO of Danubius University traveled to Pakistan from May 10-16, 2023 to meet with Pakistani higher education leaders.  When asked why Pakistan, Dr. Michael responded that “a university is not a political organization that chooses alliances based on political ideology.  A university is a knowledge industry that embraces the globe, and we go where a door of opportunity opens to learn, to teach, to collaborate, to contribute, and to form partnerships. By so doing, we transform the world.” 

Picture4The door of opportunity opened when Ms. Georgeta Topciu and her company, ICDL, signed an MOU with Danubius University to serve as the sole representative of Danubius University in Pakistan.  Ms. Topciu and her son, Stefan Vrabie, facilitated meetings with high level Pakistani officials, which also include the Romania Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, His Excellency, Mr. Nicolae Goia

Picture5At the signing ceremony with Bahria University, Ambassador Goia provided a brief history and vision of Romania and its friendly relationship with the people of Pakistan.  He specifically welcomed Danubius University and noted that “Danubius University is the first Romanian institution to sign an agreement with a major institution in Pakistan.”  Ambassador Goia promises to support the initiative as he continues to expand Romania-Pakistani relationship. 

Picture6The host university, Bahria University was led by the Rector, Rear Admiral (R) Asif Khaliq HI(M), who joined remotely, and Pro Rector of Academics, Rear Admiral (R.) Muhammad Arshid Javed SI(M) who signed the MOU on behalf of the University.  Rector Khaliq welcomed Ambassador Goia and Rector Michael to his campus, expressed his regrets for his inability to be present because of the commencement ceremony at his Karachi campus, and stated his university’s full commitment to the MOU and the new relationship with Danubius University.  Other officials at the ceremony include Dr. M Awais Mehmood, Director of International Office, who facilitated the signing ceremony, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Naveed, Dean of Management Sciences; Dr. Usman Hameed, Dean and Professor Law; Prof. Dr. Adam Saud, Dean Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.





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