DHA Suffa University
DHA Suffa University (DSU), established in the year 2012, has systematically taken giant strides to become the institution of choice in Pakistan. The university offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in Engineering, Computer Sciences and Management Sciences.
At DSU, students receive quality education and become acquainted with individuals who share diverse interests yet blend in very easily. Thus, DSU not only helps to expand the mental faculties of individuals but also transforms them into more open-minded, accepting and involved citizens of the world.
Going forward, DSU intends to become a globally recognized institution for higher education and research by extending the frontiers of knowledge and contributing towards grooming the scholars of tomorrow. From the expansion of infrastructure to the development of technology, revamp of curricula to formation of pedagogy, addition of foreign qualified faculty to introduction of new programs, DSU has been committed to providing well-equipped engineers, computer scientists, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders to the world.
Recognition and Approvals
DSU was recognized as a private sector degree awarding institution by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) in the year 2012. In its very first participation in the annual ranking process of HEC for the year 2014, DSU achieved the impressive ranking of 31 out of 169 public and private sector universities of Pakistan.
The BE (Mechanical) and BE (Electrical) programs of DSU have been approved by the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC). The BS (Computer Sciences) program conforms to the standards of National Computing Education Accreditation Council (NCEAC). The BBA and MBA programs conform to the standards of National Business Education Accreditation Council (NBEAC).
The university has been inspected and evaluated by the Government of Sindh’s Charter Inspection and Evaluation Committee (CIEC) twice in the last four years. On both the occasions, the CIEC was pleased to see the rapid growth of the university and the high standards of education being maintained.
Scholarships and Fee Concessions
DSU is an equal opportunity institution with merit being the sole criteria for admission. It ensures that no student, qualifying for admission, is denied high quality education due to his/her inability to bear the costs. In order to fulfill this commitment, the university offers the following facilities for the benefit of students, complying strictly with the prescribed rules, regulations and procedures:
a. Merit Scholarships: Students securing first/second/third position in the Intermediate Board Examinations get a Merit Scholarship up to 90% in the first semester. From second semester onwards, academically outstanding students are given Merit Scholarship of varying amount based on the results of the preceding semester.
b. Need Based Scholarships: Students with financial constraints may apply on the prescribed form within first 2 weeks after the start of every semester. Based on the need vis-à-vis the financial strength of the parents, the students get a scholarship from 10% to 90%.
c. Interest Free Loan from Ihsan Trust: Students with financial constraints may apply on the prescribed form for an interest free loan of varying amount within first 2 weeks after the start of every semester.
d. Payment of Tuition Fee/Charges in Installments: Students facing difficulties in paying the Tuition Fee/Charges in lump sum may apply to pay it in 2-3 installments on the prescribed form.
e. Fee Concession for the Employees of DHA and DSU: A concession of 50% in Tuition Fee is given to all regular employees of DHA and DSU for themselves, their spouses and their dependent children subject to the condition that they achieve a GPA of 2.0 or above in the semester.
Applications for Scholarships and Fee Concessions are processed by the Scholarships Award Committee.
DSU offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in Engineering, Computer Sciences and Management Sciences.
Typically, an undergraduate program at DSU requires 139 credit hours in 8 semesters spreading over 4 years to complete. Graduate programs may take 2 to 3 years to complete, while PhD programs consist of a coursework of 18 credit hours, a research thesis of 36 credit hours, a proposal defense and a thesis defense.
The following programs are offered at DSU:
a. Undergraduate Programs
BS (Computer Sciences)
b. Graduate Programs
MS (Computer Sciences)
MS (Management Sciences)
MBA (Morning and Evening)
c. Doctoral Programs
PhD (Computer Sciences)
PhD (Management Sciences)
DSU boasts of highly qualified faculty members who are actively engaged in academic and research activities. The faculty members have worked at the most prestigious national and international institutions, enabling them to impart first-hand knowledge of the world. In addition, they write professional papers, research case studies and serve as advisors to public and private sector organizations on a regular basis. Thus, they offer education that goes beyond the curriculum and help to equip students with the necessary knowledge required to carve a niche in the professional world.
Research and Academic Collaborations
Since its inception, DSU has been committed to becoming an institution of international standards and has been following curricula that are in line with international practices. In addition to awarding credit for equivalent online courses offered by foreign universities like MIT, Stanford, Caltech etc. and taken through edX or Coursera, DSU has been collaborating with foreign universities and organizations to facilitate research and student/faculty exchange programs. Some of these are described in the following text:
• DSU signed an MoU with Eurasia Institute for International Education (EIIE), Berlin, Germany to establish collaborative linkages with German universities in order to promote the exchange of students and faculty. In this regard, DSU conducted German language classes taught by native German teachers, Dr. Edgar Knispel and Mr. Stephan Guttzeit. This MoU also allowed students of DSU to attend a three-week summer camp in Berlin, Germany. In addition, a German Academic Counsellor, Ms. Ksenia Naberezhneva, is working at DSU to promote higher education opportunities for Pakistani students in Germany.
• DSU signed an MoU with the Technical University of Applied Sciences, Wildau (TUAS-Wildau), Germany, to establish collaboration in teaching and research activities. TUAS-Wildau has a strong academic and research background in Engineering, Information Technology, Bio-Technology, Bio-Informatics, Renewable Energy, Logistics and Management Sciences. Therefore, there is potential for strong synergy between DSU and TUAS-Wildau. Under this MoU, students of DSU will be able to study for one or two semesters at TUAS-Wildau and can take up an industrial internship, arranged by TUAS-Wildau, in Germany. Other areas of collaboration covered by the MoU include exchange of faculty members, transfer of technology for industries, businesses and enterprises, specialized summer camps tailored to the requirements of DSU and the launch of joint degree programs.
• DSU has also partnered with the Senior Experten Service (SES) Bonn, Germany, a non-profit organization. SES provides the services of highly educated and experienced German scholars for training/assistance of 2-3 weeks to universities around the world with funding from the Government of Germany. Universities in the developing countries are not charged for their services. However, the host university has to pay a nominal honorarium per day and provide boarding, lodging and local transport facilities to the Senior Experts.
• The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) granted €6000 to DSU to develop a Text-to-Speech for Urdu Synthesis Application. This project will investigate Urdu intonation and prosodic features in relation to the Urdu syntax. DSU will work on the syntactic analysis and creation of a tree-bank and syntactic parser for Urdu.
• Rhodes and Schwarz, Germany provided a Spectrum Analyzer and an Analog Signal Generator to DSU for research.
• DSU has been nominated as a CUDA Teaching Center by NVIDIA, USA, the world leader in visual computing. CUDA is a parallel computing platform and programming model that enables dramatic increases in computing performance by harnessing the power of NVIDIA GPU accelerators. CUDA Teaching Centers are recognized institutions that have incorporated GPU computing techniques into mainstream computer programming curricula. DSU is committed to providing high quality parallel computing education and research opportunities to students and faculty members.
• DSU signed an MoU with Chengdu University (CDU), China in January 2015. This MoU serves as the bedrock for cooperation between DSU and CDU. The scope of the cooperation includes exchange of faculty in mutually agreed areas of research, student mobility programs, exchange of journals, tutorials and academic work.
• DSU signed an MoU with AIMST University, Penang, Malaysia to collaborate for academic and research activities. This MoU facilitates student and faculty mobility. Selected students of DSU go to the AIMST University for a semester and some students are sent for a 4 weeks internship only. The university has also helped train the faculty of DSU in academic leadership and planning.
• DSU signed a wide-ranging MoU with Bilkent University (BU), Turkey, for the exchange of students and research initiatives. A delegation from DSU, on invitation from Turkish universities, recently visited BU where they were welcomed by Dr. Levent Onural, Dean, BU and his team. Dr. Onural encouraged the delegation to pursue a mutually beneficial collaboration between DSU and BU as both universities share many commonalities in their visions and missions.
• DSU signed an MoU for Research, Development and Innovation with the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP). Under this MoU, declared as an RDI Agreement, the Research and Planning (R&P) Committee of ICMAP and the Office of Research, Innovation and Collaboration (ORIC) of DSU intend to collaborate for a range of RDI efforts. Thus, through this agreement, DSU and ICMAP have become research partners and will collaborate through joint efforts in areas of mutual interests. The agreement also covers exchange of information, scholastic and development material, and sharing and advancing of ideas.
• DSU has signed an MoU with Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) to jointly explore and undertake market-oriented research and development projects. The MoU focuses on developing linkages in sharing human and material resources in order to undertake and promote need-based/demand-driven standardization and quality control/assurance education programs and transfer of technology to the industry.
• Intel USA provided DSU with 10 Intel Galileo Gen 2 Dev Boards for research.
• The University of Colorado, USA allocated a funding of Rs. 0.2m for joint research in natural language processing.
• King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah has agreed to undertake joint research in Virtual 3D Computing and provide a research grant of SR 15,000.
• Joint research has also started in high performance computing with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
Professional Development Center (PDC)
To keep up with the rapid developments of this day and age, it is essential for individuals working at various levels of hierarchy in industries, organizations and institutions to keep updating their knowledge and skill sets. Constant training of individuals throughout their careers has become imperative for nations to obtain and retain an economic edge.
DSU has established a Professional Development Center (PDC) targeted at middle managers, senior managers and other professionals who wish to enhance their leadership potential.
PDC at DSU conducts professional development courses to assist individuals in acquiring professional and technical knowledge required by their respective organizations and to facilitate the interaction between academia and industry.
Center of Excellence for the Development of Research and Soft Skills (CEDRSS)
Through the Center of Excellence for the Development of Research and Soft Skills (CEDRSS), DSU offers to empower research students by providing them a platform to polish not only their English language skills but also their soft skills such as leadership qualities and interpersonal communication skills. CEDRSS aims to provide training to MPhil and PhD students who think that their English language proficiency is unsatisfactory or whose supervisors require them to enhance their English language skills.
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