Development of Higher Education is a primary condition for the socio-economic development and societal transformation. It builds the critical human capital necessary for research, innovation, growth and development across all sectors of economy. Inclusive access to higher education can thus transform our strong demographic advantage into a peaceful, modern and prosperous society. To fully benefit from the prevailing demographic reality, we need to educate our people in the shortest possible time. However, supply of qualified faculty vis-`a-vis demand is the single largest challenge in accomplishing the task without compromising the quality of education. A practical solution to the problem is the use of modem Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools to deliver education while maintaining high and internationally compatible standards of education.
Virtual University of Pakistan is the pioneer university to leverage the use of ICT in imparting the best possible education to its students all over the country including the remote areas as well as the Pakistani diaspora overseas. With its extremely flexible mode, Virtual University enables the students to manage their studies at their convenience and offers every opportunity to discover hidden talents.
I feel proud that the Virtual University of Pakistan is playing its due role in the socio-economic uplift of the country and contributing towards building an educated nation. I hope that the University will continue to ensure quality of education and teaching and play an increasingly important role in improving access to Higher Education in the country.
President, Islamic Republic of Pakistan