Islamabad: The National Counsellors Colloquium (NCC) 2017, hosted by Millennium Roots Schools, kicked off here with an enviable line up of guest speakers and a brilliant exchange of information, says a press release.
The event was attended by counsellors and academic heads from nationwide Roots Millennium Schools (RMS) and The Millennium University College (TMUC) campuses with addresses by game changers in the world of Academia and Diplomacy.
Following an opening address by RMS CEO, Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq and welcome note by Director International Qualifications, Ayesha Ansar, United States Education Foundation Pakistan (USEFP) took the floor for a comprehensive look into what Education USA is, how it operates and how USEFP benefits Pakistan.
Advisers Sundus Waqar Ali and Heba Al Adawy not only helped the 72 delegates from seven cities explore the various options and opportunities USEFP offers but also conducted a comprehensive workshop on ‘The Art of Essay Writing Common Application Prompts’. Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and tea kept the delegates rejuvenated as the colloquium picked up momentum.
Next up was the team from The British Council, explaining in detail the ‘Role and Opportunities of Education UK Pakistan’. Representatives Sanya Saif and Wasim Shaikh presented and entertained all queries from the delegates present and left no stone unturned to explain the intricacies of the British Examination System in Pakistan.
After another delicious a meal and a chance for all the attendees to network and exchange notes, the day progressed with much needed and useful information from Down Under! Azhar Shah, Country/Regional Manager, Australian Trade Investment Commission (Austrade) gave a detailed presentation on Higher Education Prospects in Australia, coupled with AUSPAK’s Ms. Sualeha’s valuable input stemming from nearly two decades of experience in teaching IELTS and handling Australia admissions. The kuala-kangaroo session ended with Mr. Mateen, official representative of Curtin University, shedding light on the University’s student recruitment process, academic portfolio and scholarship opportunities.
With RMS rich history and background in pioneering German Language classes to students around the country, free of cost, the Colloquium couldn’t be complete without a nod in that direction. General (R) Shoukat Iqbal, CEO, Pakistan to Germany Study, did more than just respond to the friendly nod. He outlined and elucidated the opportunities for Pakistani students in Germany, the land of tuition free education, and answered all enthusiastic questions about how to avail that very chance.
The productive first day came to a close with yet another insightful presentation and address by the Turkish Embassy’s Third Secretary, Mr. Cenegiz Gunes, highlighting the exciting scholarship opportunities and the diverse portfolio Turkey has to offer to secondary education applicants. The cherry on top of the cake was a surprise gift by the CEO, Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq himself. He treated all the NCC delegates to a night of magical vocals by none other than the iconic and internationally celebrated Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
The delegates parted as wiser, more rounded and compassionate counselors, anxious to apply the newly attained information and looking forward to National Counselors Colloquium 2018.