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IGCSE, O Level and A Level results on August 10

Students urged to ease exam results tension with career planning
Islamabad, Aug 05: Tension is growing as Pakistani students wait excitedly for their Cambridge General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), O Level and A Level, results on August 10. To ease the tension while you wait, start thinking long-term, and research some of your university options both in Pakistan and overseas.

Thousands of students in Pakistan are counting the days until August 10 and the chance to finally discover how they did in their O and A Level exams. The stress of waiting can be hard to bear, but while you wait, think about your future, the career you want to move into, and how you can actively steer yourself along that path.

Any career move involves planning. Consider it a journey. You would not embark on a journey to a place you did not know without planning your route and studying a map; nor should you with your career. Detailed planning is important if you want to avoid being forced into a career by default.

A Level students will most likely have done a lot of planning over the last couple of years, but exam results might force a change of path, and so going back to the drawing board to rethink options is the sensible thing to do.

What are your options?

You don't have to leave the country to get a good university education. There are lots of excellent universities and colleges in Pakistan. Graduates from universities and colleges in Pakistan are sought-after all over the world by employers across every industry. Time spent studying for a degree far away from home is not for everyone. Every educational opportunity you could hope for is right on your doorstep.

The benefits of studying at a university in Pakistan are many; you are close to those very important family and friends networks; you will have access to quality tertiary education across many educational disciplines; you won't have to spend time integrating yourself into another country's culture and lifestyle; you won't have to perfect your English, and you will be able to focus wholeheartedly on your studies.

If, however, you want to look at the steps you need to take towards studying overseas, have a look at the websites of the universities you are interested in, and make sure you understand their admissions requirements for international students. A good starting point is http://www.intstudy.com a website for students in all parts of the world who want information on studying aboard.

Most international universities will provide you with a list of the grades/SAT scores needed for admission to specific undergraduate degree courses.

Universities in English-speaking countries will also want to see proof of competence in the English language. Many will expect at least an IGCSE English qualification. Don't be put off by the paperwork and the bureaucracy though. International universities actively look for and support the applications of international students, as they want and need your skills and talent; their very reputations depend on it.

International scholarships can ease the financial strain here, but again you will need to plan well ahead to apply for these scholarships, so start making at least a two-year plan to avoid frustration and disappointment.

A new national scholarship, sponsored by Cambridge Assessment, the parent body of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the University of Cambridge was launched in May to financially assist students from Pakistan with conditional places at the University of Cambridge to study there.

School-leavers from Pakistan who meet the usual examination qualifications for admission to Cambridge may apply for the University of Cambridge 800th Anniversary Scholarship, this includes students who have taken Cambridge International A Levels and students who have qualified with local boards. For more information go to http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/news/dp/2009051802

Pick a course, pick a country

Countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia have central university admissions websites. This means that you don't apply directly to the university itself, rather through a central electronic portal, however some universities such as Cambridge will require you to apply directly to them as well as the UK's central admissions portal.

UCAS is the UK's central universities admissions portal <www.ucas.ac.uk>. It has pages dedicated to international students in a variety of languages that will guide you through the process.

Application to Australian universities is by state. Each state has its own central admissions portal. Have a look at www.goingtouni.gov.au for information on applying to universities in each Australian state.

Many thousands of international students decide to study in the United States every year. American universities actively welcome and seek out Pakistani students with good grades. There are well over 2,000 universities in North America and many of these feature in the world's top 50 universities league tables.

Admission to university in the US is by application to each university individually, and there is no limit on the amount of applications a student can submit, however you will need to pay a processing fee each time you apply.

The United States Education Foundation (USEF) in your nearest city will be able to advise you further on the admissions procedure. Or you can visit http://www.educationusa.state.gov for comprehensive advice on how to navigate the US universities admission process. There's also plenty of information on the USA Study Guide website <www.usastudyguide.com>.

The writer is University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Regional Manager, Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan. Dawn

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"why are the percentages not given this time ??? will they be given later on ? we are not sure about the percentage due to which students are confused whether to claim for the rechecking or no !! plzz mail me the answer !! "
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"I have not yet receieved my O level result of May June 2009 "
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Students of Foundation School excel in SSC exam
Rawalpindi: The students of the Foundation School, Satellite Town C-Block, showed excellent result in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Annual Examination of the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, says a press release. Nabeel Amjad got 931 marks, Mubashar Nazar (926), Mahnoor Asif (904), Mohammad Awais (883), Rabia Saleem (862), Sidra Shaukat (843) and Mohammad Masood secured 800 marks.


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Beaconites show good result
Rawalpindi: The students of Beaconhouse Educational Complex, Link Road Motorway have once again shown an outstanding performance in the Secondary School Certificate Annual Examination of the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, says a press release. Muhammad Ahmed Amin (879), Sajida Riffat Laraib (679) and Mishal Malik (851) have secured A+ grade and overall 19 students have been placed in grade A. Principal Shagun Irfan congratulated and appreciated the hard work of students and teachers.


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Saint Annee's Presentation Convent High School student distinction
Rawalpindi: Sumbul Nadeem, a student of Saint Annee's Presentation Convent High School got 897 marks in the Secondary School Certificate Annual Examination of the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, says a press release.


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Fifth session of youth parliament begins today
Islamabad: The fifth and concluding session of Youth Parliament Pakistan 2008-09 batch will begin today (Wednesday). Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi is likely to address the Youth Parliament on the topic of 'Pakistan's Relations with Afghanistan and India', says a press release issued here on Tuesday. The news


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Relief to students seen as a threat
Rawalpindi: Employees of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) ended their protest strike on Tuesday after Punjabs higher education secretary assured them that their grievances would be put to the chief minister, it heen been learnt.

Under the umbrella of their Employees Welfare Association (EWA), the employees started a two-hour boycott of their duties on Monday to protest the waiver of registration and admission fees for the matriculation students of public sector schools.

Over 550 employees of the BISE had been working under protest wearing black armbands. They said the waiver would financially weaken the autonomous examination boards in the province.

EWA general secretary Mehr Mohammad Akbar said the representatives of employees of eight examination boards met Punjab's higher education secretary Ahad Cheema in Lahore, and the secretary assured them that their apprehensions would be sent to the CM in written for his consideration.

The office-bearers of the association termed the waiver unjust saying the boards charge every regular student Rs350 for admission and Rs400 for registration fee for appearing in the matriculation part-I examination. On the other hand he said the University of Punjab collected Rs2,800 as admission fee and Rs1,550 as registration fee from the students, he said. Dawn


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Book on EU & Pakistan affairs published
Islamabad: The Urdu book 'European Union: Naiyee Almee Taaqat"' (EU: The emerging super power) has been published.

The book comprises columns written by EU, political analyst and a career journalist, Ansar Mahmood Bhatti. Author's first book, in English, titled 'Current Affairs: A deep insight into the European Union' was published in April this year and the second edition of that book is in printing process.

In the book, the author has discussed, in detail, the evolution of the European Union with a particular focus on its relations with Pakistan and India. This is for the first time that in-depth study has been carried out on European affairs by a Pakistani journalist.

In the second chapter, the author has highlighted role of various world organisations such as SAARC, OIC, NAM, SCO, Arab League and the United Nations while the last chapter is about Pakistan affairs.

The introduction of the book is penned down by Jan De KOK, the European Union Ambassador in Pakistan while Prof. Khurshid Ahmad, member Senate of Pakistan and Chairman Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) has written the foreword. In addition, the Ambassador of Romania and country's renowned scholar Dr. Safdar Mahmood and Dr. Javed Asghar have contributed special flap messages.

The book caters to the needs of teachers; students of International Relations; Defence and Strategic Studies, CSS as it covers these areas comprehensively. The book is available at all leading bookshops including countrywide outlets of the National Book Foundation. The news


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