GUNI recognizes Pakistani IT Education Project
Islamabad, 24 June 2009: Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI) recently
acknowledged a Pakistani project titled “Integration of Open
Source Software Projects in IT Education” as an innovative
integration of open source projects in software engineering, and
was also mentioned in their newsletter. This project is funded
by National ICT R&D Fund, Ministry of IT & Telecom
and is executed by a team of researchers at the Software
Engineering Research Centre at the National University of
Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST-NU) Lahore, Pakistan.
is composed of UNESCO Chairs in Higher
Education, research centers, universities, networks and other
institutions highly committed to innovation in higher education.
More than 100 institutions from around the world
are GUNI members with the goal to contribute to the
reinforcement of higher education by the application of the
decisions of the World Conference on Higher Education. GUNI
supports several activities such as Higher Education in the
World, International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education
and Universities and Social Commitment Observatory.
Software Engineering Research Center (SERC) at the National
University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST-NU) has
implemented an innovative strategy to enhance the student’s
participation and learning in developing open source software.
This funded project by National ICT R&D Fund (Ministry of IT &
Telecom) worth PKR 37.6 million aims to provide education
in Software Engineering by preparing the students for their
utilization in the software industry. This could ideally be
achieved by involving the students in realistic projects. The
project aims for a new method of teaching software engineering
to undergraduate students based on open software. SERC has
turned to open source software to allow students, in
collaboration with companies such as Openbravo ERP and OrangeHRM,
getting real hands-on experience on projects used in the
This project is gradually achieving its objectives by training
and allowing students to learn good programming practices by
reading professionally written high-quality code and by getting
feedback from professionals through open source while
sequentially helping software industry by providing them with
the workforce that has worked on industrial strength projects.
Network for Innovation states in its newsletter: “If successful,
this model has the potential to revolutionize the software
engineering education by addressing the fundamental issue of
exposing the students to real-life projects and help the
software industry without adding any extra overhead on the
More information about the project is available
here and GUNI’s website.
This is an international acknowledgment for SERC, FAST-NU.
National ICT R&D Fund (Ministry of IT & Telecom) congratulates
the team on this recognition for its funded project. It remains
committed to facilitate high-quality ICT initiatives by
providing funding opportunities to concrete ICT related R&D