November 22, 2023

Aspire Institute partners with Rawalpindi Women University to empower Young Women in Pakistan through leadership development and global networking opportunities. In an interview with Dr. Baqir Husnain, Director, Quality Enhancement and External Linkages at RWU, he shared his insights on the university’s mission, its partnership with Aspire Institute, and his advice for first-generation students and young adults.

Rawalpindi Women University (RWU) has had a profound impact on students in Pakistan for the past 70 years. It offers rigorous academic programs, extracurricular activities, and community engagement initiatives that prepare students as future leaders and change-makers. While highlighting the role of the institution in shaping lives of young women from diverse backgrounds, Dr. Husnain spoke about RWU’s students and alumni as a testament to the talent, dedication, and resilience that the institute nurtures.

A distinguished alum, Prof. Dr. Anila Kamal, is the current Vice-Chancellor of the institute. Moreover, as a university for women, RWU has been a stepping stone for countless generations in the past decades. The university aims to provide its pupils with not only support in their academics but also their extracurricular goals. That is why RWU is always eager to bring new opportunities to their student body.

Aspire Institute and RWU both believe in providing underserved students with opportunities for personal and professional growth beyond traditional academic boundaries.

“The decision to partner with Aspire Institute was driven by our shared commitment to educational excellence and holistic student development,” Dr. Baqir Husnain said. “Aspire Institute and RWU both believe in providing underserved students with opportunities for personal and professional growth beyond traditional academic boundaries.”

RWU’s main dedication has always been to empower women through education and fostering an inclusive learning environment. The university recognizes that first-generation college students face unique challenges. They offer a variety of programs and support services to help them succeed. These include mentorship, financial aid, and academic resources that equip students with the skills and confidence to excel in their academic journey.

“Our missions align seamlessly as we aim to empower students with knowledge, skills, and experiences that prepare them for leadership roles in their communities and the world,” Dr. Husnain explained.

Dr. Husnain believes that all young people have the potential to make a difference in the world. When asked about his advice for young leaders, he encouraged them to dream big and never give up on their goals. 

“Seek mentorship and guidance from professors and experienced peers,” he said. “Build a strong support network within the university community and take advantage of internships, research opportunities, and extracurricular activities.”

We are confident that this partnership will have a profound impact on the lives of countless young individuals in Pakistan. Together, Aspire Institute and RWU commit to shaping a future where youth are empowered to lead the way to a brighter future.


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