PESHAWAR - University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar and British Council Pakistan on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) according to which UET Peshawar will collaborate with British Council in its project "Citizen Education and Community Engagement Programme Active Citizens".

The MoU was signed by Country Director British Council Pakistan Peter Upton and Vice Chancellor UET Peshawar Engineer Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani.

The basic aim of this collaboration is to implement the British Council's project at the UET Peshawar as non-weighted three credit hours certificate course for undergraduate students and to develop capacity of the faculty members as facilitators by organizing on-campus training.

Earlier in August this year around 30 faculty members of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Peshawar, had completed five-day training on the project.

Meanwhile, the Department of Computer Systems Engineering UET Peshawar with team of four trained facilitators successfully completed the first phase of the programme, The Learning Journey with the 5th Semester students of their B.Sc Engineering programme.

Three modules namely, Identity and Culture, Debate and Dialogue, Society and Citizenship and SAPs were vigorously conducted in a twelve weeks stretch.

This helped students to think through issues related to their own identity, and to explore ways to relate to other people and cultures being part of a wider society. Issues related to the nature of society and citizenship were also considered and discussed. The second phase will begin with the students teaming up and planning projects that will benefit their communities.

One promising aspect that signifies the Social Action Projects of UET students is their engineering background. They aim to target the most demanding problems in their surroundings by finding their technological solutions. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the British Council launched the programme for students of all degree-awarding institutions.