Shehbaz Sharif inaugurates Lincoln Corner Lahore at Information Technology University


Shehbaz Sharif inaugurates Lincoln Corner Lahore at Information Technology University
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January 21, 2017

The Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif inaugurated the Lincoln Corner at Information Technology University, Arfa Software Technology Tower. Lincoln Corner Lahore is a partnership with Information Technology University Lahore.  Syed Raza Ali Gilani Provincial Education Minister U.S. Consul General Lahore Yuriy Fedkiw, Chairman Punjab Higher Education Commission and U.S. Embassy Islamabad Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Christina Tomlinson were present on this occasion.

After the inauguration of the state of the art digitally equipped first of its kind in Lahore and 19th Lincoln Center of Pakistan, the Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif while addressing a gathering of diplomats, intellectuals, faculty members and students of ITU said that the facility named after Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America was being opened on a day when new President of USA Donald Trump was being sworn to the oval office. Pakistan enjoyed long and deep rooted bilateral relations with US in various fields and we look forward to further enhancing the ongoing friendship ties, he added.

Earlier, Dr. Umar Saif Vice Chancellor of ITU welcomed the distinguished guests and expressed gratitude to the Consulate General for establishing Center in the University said that the facility would benefit the students and the academia through books, magazines, articles, videos, internet, databases, and programs with free Wi-Fi from around the globe and it would also be a source of gender empowerment free of charge in these Centers to access all types of information, cultural programs, and alumni activities.

US Consul General Yuriy Fedkiw said that the Center would provide opportunity to learn about USA, English language and study advices. Diversity was our strength to demonstrate our enduring partnership with Pakistan, especially in support of education and to have vibrant challenging exchange of ideas, he stated.

There are over 700 American Spaces in 169 countries.  In Pakistan now 19 Lincoln Corners including five Lincoln Corners in Punjab at Lahore, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Bahawalpur and Multan are operative. With the opening of Lincoln Corner Lahore, students, professors, and other members of the community will have access to this space, and will be able to attend regularly scheduled programs on English language learning, Makerspace activities, Education USA advising, cultural programs and alumni engagements. These spaces promote open dialogue and build bridges of understanding.