Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Arsalan Ghani elected Cambridge university Graduate Union student leader

Arsalan Ghani
 In over 800 years, a Pakistani student Arsalan Ghani has been elected as president of the prestigious Cambridge University Graduate Union, somewhat similar to what Shaheed Benazir Bhutto had achieved as leader of the Oxford union. 

Arsalan Ghani defeated his rival Amie Ladley in the elections and will lead the student union representing 12,000 MA, MPhil and PhD, students studying at Cambridge University.
It is a sabbatical position meaning that Arsalan Ghani has to suspend his studies and take a full time role as president and head the union offices.

This is the 1st time in the over 800 year’s history of the Cambridge University, that a Pakistani student has been elected as the President of the Graduate Union.

Arsalan Ghani did his bachelors from National Textile University Faisalabad and then Masters in Belgium. He worked in industry, university and government before proceeding for his PhD in manufacturing policy from Cambridge.

Arsalan Ghani has been involved in various campaigns during his studies in Pakistan and Europe for the right to free education and against government austerity measures affecting education.

After the announcement of results, Arsalan Ghani thanked all his supporters. He said he decided to participate in the elections to protect the students’ rights and improve their academic and social experience. He vowed to raise voice against the increase in the fees and the funding cuts in the education sector.

Arsalan Ghani also promised to work towards increasing and better advertising the University’s internal part-time jobs and undergrad supervision opportunities so that the graduate and especially international students can benefit from these.  

Arsalan Ghani


1 comment:

  1. "similar to what Shaheed Benazir Bhutto had achieved as leader of the Oxford union"

    Not at all similar. At all.