The College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (C of EM&E) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nokia Siemens Networks to provide its students with industry exposure and insights into the latest in telecom technologies.
The association is in line with Nokia Siemens Networks’ commitment to contribute to development of higher technical education in the country and sets a precedent for many such similar tie-ups.
Commenting on the partnership, Commandant of College of EM&E, Major General Shahid, said, “Against the back drop of a rapidly growing telecom sector, it is important to supplement our curriculum with sessions conducted by experts in the field – this is the best way to bring our students up to speed with the industry they will enter in the next few years.”
He adds: “Nokia Siemens Networks is not only one of the market leaders today but also a company committed to evolve and expand the reach of telecommunications as it currently stands. We believe the collaboration and the delivery model developed and offered by them holds great potential for our students.”
Under the scope of the new partnership, senior managers from Nokia Siemens Networks will conduct lectures for the Electrical and Computer Engineering students of EM&E College.
In addition to offering a scholarship program to two selected students, Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide internship opportunities to two students per semester, imparting to them valuable hands-on experience.
Adds Saad M. Waraich, Country Director for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Nokia Siemens Networks, “As a corporate that has had a presence in the country for the past 50 years, we are in a position to leverage Pakistan’s vast pool of talented youth, harnessing their potential for the further advancement of the local industry. We are indeed proud to start off an association with Pakistan’s leading institute and are looking forward to extending co-operation with other like minded universities.”
A total of five in-class modules, of which four will be in mobile networks and one in fixed networks will be provided as part of the program.
The four Mobile Network modules will include Mobile Networks Today, Evolution towards 3G, Future of Mobile Networks, Implementation, Project Management & Network Care.
The Fixed Networks module will include topics like Evolution from PSTN to Next Generation Networks and Broadband Access, Transmission & IP Core. An additional module will be based on a visit to the Nokia Siemens Networks’ Telecoms Expertise facility at Islamabad.
All these module sets will be delivered within the span of one semester. EM&E students will also benefit from the three Web Based Training modules that Nokia Siemens Networks will install on the university’s platform & these modules will be accessible via the internet.