bonjour monde

Pretty soon, we’ll be having more people understanding what the title means. France will be opening a university right here in karachi in the “near” (Oct 2007) future based on the pattern of University of Technology, Troyes, (UTT) in France.

Salient features of this university: The faculty will be french (for the first 10 years atleast). Finally! Hope we get some good people here! God knows there’s a dearth of good academics in Pakistan. The medium of instruction will be english, however french will also be part of the syllabus.

The vice-chancellor, deans and 23 full-time professors will be French. Around 475 Pakistani faculty members would be imparted extensive foreign training.

The university will have the disciplines of mechanical, mechatronics and industry engineering, computer sciences and IT; electrical, chemical, materials and marine engineering and social and basic sciences.

The establishment of the institution is part of Higher Education Commission’s programme to set up eight world class engineering universities in collaboration with developed countries.

Credit: Mansoor ‘Manny’ Siddiqui

ps. the title means Hello World :-D

25 Comments so far

  1. satire (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 12:05 am

    cool info but just to correct you on your French it’s supposed to be Bonjour Le Monde ;)

  2. UnholySaint (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 12:18 am

    Now thats what I called foundation of a real economy and a true foreign investment! Hopefully, our bretheren in green turban wont light up the French university in their next protest against the infidels…

  3. kidal (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 1:03 am

    unholysaint, you never fail to live up to your name…that was uncalled for.

  4. UnholySaint (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 1:40 am

    @KIDAL : Shukhran kaseer…

  5. Mariam (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 4:44 am

    Is it safe for French nationals to come and work there? Last time someone torch their bus in front of Sheraton. On another note, I hope there will be enough industries to hire graduates of these universities. God knows Karachi dosen’t need more educated unemployed people.

  6. Anathema (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 9:53 am

    was just about to say the same: the french are amongst the most popular victims of terorism in Pakistan. actually anyone non-pakistani, “gora” is a victim.

    unless pakistan provides them with extremem security, this is a very risky business. not to the faculty members alone but to the students who will be going there.,

  7. K.A. (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 9:55 am

    @MARIAM & UNHOLYSAINT: Becoming pessimists aren’t we. Why should the US build one of the tallest buildings in the world in place of the WTC at Ground Zero…for someone to bring it down again? That’s not the approach people. Lets hope and pray all will be well in the future ….Inshallah.

  8. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 10:37 am


  9. Mariam (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 10:40 am


    Yup, truth is bitter, isn’t it? FYI US has implemented numerous preventive measures after that incidences. I guess it didn’t affect you that’s why you are in the dark.

    Who said anything negative about this developement. It is a concern which is well founded and need to be addressed so that our young minds can flourish. I myself wanted to open a business in Karachi but lack of security and pressure from local political party (they wanted certain share in a business on montly basis) I’ve to go some where else.

  10. mansoor (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 10:43 am

    satire: thanks… pardon my french (always wanted to use that phrase) but isnt Le supposed to be the equivalent of “the”, and that would make the statement, Hello, The World?

    mariam: a number of ‘frenchies’ are already in the city working on various projects. The first ones were bombed… unfornately it was a sad incident, however, most of the others have survived karachi :D

    K.A.: WELL SAID !!!

  11. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 10:48 am

    and i thought english was enough !!
    we as a nation really wanna be fluent in english, cause apparently how well you speak is the measure of your personality and success in this society.
    why cant we open up an institute in france where we teach in urdu =D

    hey.. after all… urdu is our national language

  12. mansoor (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 10:51 am

    umer: first however, we need an institution which teaches urdu HERE :D apart from the poor excuse of an education most of us get at Matric/Inter :p

  13. K.A. (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 11:19 am

    Fine words Mansoor. Its apparently Mariam who’s ‘in the light’ but afraid she’s in the dark regarding number of foreigners and their ventures in the city. If the US were so sure of their security measures they wouldn’t be paranoid about every beard and turban to be a ‘terrorist’…speaking of terrorist what a shocking remark by Dean Jones regarding Amla of South Africa..despite his apologies and his ‘friendliness’ to the Pakistan team..he deserved to be fired.

  14. K.A> (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 11:41 am

    Mansoor, (sorry should’ve added it to my comment ) French goes slightly different. You cannot just put Monde or any other noun by itself. It could be Le Monde (the world), Mon Monde (my world)) Notre Monde (our world) Le Monde des jeunes (the world of the young) etc etc.. So are you into French ?

  15. mansoor (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 11:44 am

    k.a. : hhmm… if you say so. i havent gotten around to gettin the grammar of french yet :p im into it a little…. try 2 study it a little every other while :p i love learning foreign languages… only.. they require commitment which i just can give now :( but i still try :D

  16. K.A. (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 4:07 pm

    You’d be surprised that for people from this part of the world French is easier to learn as certain sounds and rules do resemble.

  17. Mariam (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 4:16 am

    a number of ‘frenchies’ are already in the city working on various projects.

    That’s great Mansoor!! I hope they and other Whites) can move freely as other citizens of the city.

  18. Mariam (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 4:32 am


    Whatever they are doing, its working isn’t it.

    In Pakistan the situation is far worst than most countries in Asia. We do not have consulates running out of Karachi due to law and order. Even in Islamabad (the super secure city of Pakistan) all the embassies are inside some Enclave. People had to leave their cars behind and ride a bus to reach it. In every protest western business are targeted. We all know white people aren’t safe in Karachi. Chinese are our long time friends but even some people killed them. So when people think about starting some business they need to consider the worth. I guess nothing worth ones life. We have a problem which is getting out of hand for quiet some time. From poor management Karachiites are mostly out of basic necessities.

  19. the imperfect librarian (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 6:51 am

    bonjour, tout le monde! – hello, everyone!
    this is great news. i hope it works out well. i also hope that this does not turn out to be unaffordable for most people.
    security is a major issue, of course. it’s a difficult problem because people may have so many motives for resorting to violence, whether it’s for ideological reasons or out of desperation or over a misunderstanding.

  20. suhail (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 7:15 am

    French are quite freindly to us and are not arrogant people. infact they played slightly better role in the issues regarding iraq, and now lebanon.
    within france they want to push something which i call jokingly as secular extremism.but internationally their policy can not be called anti-islamic.however russians and Venezuelans are my fav nowdays.
    not every gora, is unjust, our angry brothers shall know.
    lets welcome our french friends.

  21. Imran Quadri (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 8:43 pm

    Not really, mariam… since i have just finished my Masters in France, and gonna start my PhD there.. i can tell u.. although it may sound easy.. it is damn difficult.. french are the craziest people in the world.:)// speaking from personal experience.. as for the language.. having an advanced level of english certainly helps to a certain level as it did for me.. but some times its very annoying.. and do remember.. they Do NOT LIKE to speak English.. :).. as compared to other European Countries like Belgium or Germany… :)// But the university seems like a good idea.. certainly will try for a job there when i complete my doctorate..

  22. Dee (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 9:12 pm

    Imran Quadri……> I see your pain dear, I lived in Montreal for few years and boy i found those French Fries down right snobish and arrogant.I didnt mind learning languages but if you are forced then its not pleasant.I also agree French is really hard as compared to English, as they use different words for genders(when i say gender they will use those for everything from tables to chairs).Also i found the grammar was extremely complicated.But in the end i was able to make converstation after 3 months of classes :).I guess it was due to environment which forced you to speak French and only French.
    I am just wondering if you guys have *Alliance Franciase* chpater/branch in karachi?. If yes, then try contacting them they are good org.
    Till then
    Salute :)

  23. mansoor (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 10:37 am

    imran: good going buddy! wish you the best on ur doctorate!

    dee: we do have alliance franciase here in karachi, at clifton, and their language classes really are very good.

  24. Nancy (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 11:09 am

    No one has ever mentioned brain drain here ??? People would learn french and their profs would identify good students and send them for higher degrees to french unis and then euros would never let them come back. This is a pessimist view though, just be optimist and hope few of good students would come back.

  25. Mariam (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 11:14 am

    Not really, mariam

    Would you please clarify what are you referring at?

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