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NUST confers honorary PhD Degree upon Egyptian President

Islamabad March 18 – In recognition of his eminence in the field science and technology, inspiring leadership, political acumen and intellectual excellence, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) conferred Honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree upon His Excellency Mohamed Morsy, President Arab Republic of Egypt, here at the University’s main campus on Monday. Chancellor NUST Prime Minister of Pakistan Raja Parvez Ashraf awarded the degree to the visiting dignitary. Besides NUST faculty and students, a large number of notables including ambassadors and distinguished local and foreign guests were present at the occasion.

 

Heading a high-powered delegation, Mohamed Morsy, the first democratically elected civilian president of Egypt, was on a one-day state visit to Pakistan on the invitation of his Pakistani counterpart President Asif Ali Zardari.

 

His Excellency Dr Mohamed Morsy is a distinguished scientist, academic and statesman who has made a distinctive mark on the national, regional and international levels.  As president of the democratic Egypt, he has met the daunting challenges with sagacity and vision. The award of honorary PhD degree to the visiting President was a cordial gesture to acknowledge his remarkable achievements and significant contribution to the promotion of peace and harmony in the world and strengthening of bilateral relations with the Muslim countries, especially Pakistan.

Speaking at the occasion, the Prime Minister said that Egypt’s support and solidarity with the people and government of Pakistan had always been warm and forthcoming. He added that both the countries had remained intimate to each other both in times of peace and conflict.

The Premier said that the two countries had been actively involved in trade in the past and look forward to the future prospects. He said, “We positively anticipate the profiting investment between the two countries and therefore cordially invite Egyptian enterprises for investment in the Pakistani market.”

“As regards the educational front,” the PM maintained,” we have a good tradition of exchanging our talented students. Al-Azhar University has played a pivotal role in this regard. We also look forward to opening up new vistas of cooperation in various fields including agriculture, health and higher education.” He was optimistic that the maiden visit by the Egyptian President would serve as a watershed in the traditional and friendly relations between the two large and important Muslim countries.

In his degree acceptance speech, President Morsy thanked the government and the people of Pakistan for their continued support to the Arab Republic of Egypt. He specifically expressed his deep gratitude to NUST authorities for having bestowed upon him the honorary PhD degree.

Earlier, Rector NUST Engr Muhammad Asghar welcomed the esteemed guests to the august ceremony. He apprised the gathering of the milestone achievements the University had made over a short period of time since its inception.