A visiting fellowship programme for Pakistani academics and professionals has been endowed, thanks to a gift from the Rangoonwala Foundation.
The foundation's generosity will enable three exceptional individuals per year to undertake a short period of research at the University of Oxford. The programme will be open to early-career academics and to senior people of public profile, including journalists, members of the judiciary, policy makers and politicians. This is a key part of the University's ambition to establish a robust programme of teaching and research on Pakistan.
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During their time at Oxford, Rangoonwala Visiting Fellows will work to advance both academic and public understanding of contemporary problems and issues facing Pakistan. Their research will take place across a broad range of themes, including human development and wellbeing; sustainable economic growth and environmental change; and democracy, identity and nation building.
Professor Kate Sullivan de Estrada, Director of the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, says: 'This is a very welcome boost to our activity in Pakistan studies and we extend our warm thanks to the Rangoonwala Foundation for their support in further developing Oxford-Pakistan relations.'
The Rangoonwala Foundation was established by the late philanthropist, social worker and industrialist Mohamed Aly Rangoonwala. Asif Rangoonwala, Chairman of the foundation, says: 'This is a wonderful opportunity to bring our Pakistani Scholars to Oxford and to bring Oxford to Pakistan.'