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A group of 25 domestic and international students from Macquarie University, Sydney visited the Pakistani High Commissionerís residence as part of an extracurricular trip to Canberra. The exclusive visit included a briefing with the High Commissioner, H.E Abdul Malik Abdullah, followed by a traditional Pakistani buffet-style lunch at his private residence.
The High Commissioner spoke about the formation of Pakistan, its economic status, and the major issues faced by Pakistan today. His Excellency, in his talk to the students dilated upon the significance of Pakistan in the comity of nations and its Foreign Policy outlook. He briefed the students on Pakistan-Australia relations and the ways and means to further strengthen them. Students were also given the opportunity to ask questions, which led to further discussion about Pakistanís political future, and relations with neighbouring countries.
The visit was an ideal opportunity for students to learn about Pakistan beyond media representations and experience a taste of Pakistani culture. The group was highly impressed by the hospitality, catering, and openness of H.E. Abdul Malik Abdullah to engage in conversation with the students.
The visit formed a part of Macquarie Universityís Global Leadership Program (GLP) Canberra Symposium, and included visits to various other sites as well, such as US Embassy and Parliament House. The GLP is an extracurricular program, consisting of theoretical and practical components, which can be undertaken alongside any degree at Macquarie University. Successful completion of the program is acknowledged by a notation on the studentís official university transcript, which offers a competitive advantage for students seeking employment in the global market.
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