Lahore (Nut Desk)
In the recent years, an upsurge in the development of the education sector is observed leading to an increase in the number of university graduates from 6% in 2009 to 15%. Even though the rise in numbers of higher education graduates is increasing the literacy rate of Pakistan but the ratio of female literacy is still low resulting in multiple social and familial issues. In 2019, Pakistan’s total literacy rate was around 58% and women’s literacy rate was less than the average rate of 46.9% which reinforces the dire need for female education.
The factor resulting in lower female literacy rate varies with respect to culture, place, and city however, the major issue is the lack of Female-only universities and Co-education. In the Twin cities, Islamabad, and Rawalpindi, only 3 Government Women Universities are working to accommodate the educational needs of women which is far lower in comparison to the demand ratio.
To increase the Female education ratio and to facilitate the students of Twin Cities, Riphah International University has taken an inspiring initiative of introducing the first-ever Female Campus in beautiful vicinity of Gulberg Greens Islamabad. This is first time that an exclusive campus for female students has been opened by a private sector varsity. The campus has been made fully functional in march 2022. It can accommodate the learning needs of more than 3000 students offering professional degree programs including Health Sciences.
Riphah International University’s Gulberg Greens Campus is equipped with modern learning and campus management resources with a focus on a low energy footprint and it provides a healthy natural learning environment that will be culturally in line with the Islamic ideology of Pakistan. This project is designed with a view of making a state of art education system with medical and DPT labs, medical laboratories, libraries, and up-to-date academic blocks. This is the first-ever Female campus that will provide medical education especially the programs related to rehabilitation sciences including Doctor of Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Psychology. The campus will also offer Computer sciences programs as well as social sciences subjects.
Along with the theoretical knowledge, the RIU administration has created up-to-date modern labs and laboratories in which the students can practice their skills and gain firsthand experience. RIU administration is also planning to build a 600 Bed Hospital within the campus boundaries to provide healthcare services to the public and to help students practice their skills in it. On this campus, the students will get every facility to meet their academic goals and achieve the highest. In terms of geographical location, RIU-Gulberg Greens Campus is the first university that will facilitate the people living in and around the local domain of Gulberg Greens Islamabad which itself is a huge achievement.
For the past 25 years, Riphah International University has made a remarkable contribution in the education and healthcare sector of Pakistan. The presence of University in six different cities through twelve campuses allow it to fulfill the learning needs of more than 23000 students at present. In the coming years, Riphah International University is determined develop further infrastructure and to initiate more programs to increase the literacy rate and to contribute in overall development of Pakistan in terms of producing highly qualified, self-sufficient citizens.