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Changing Lives Across Pakistan
Initiated in 2001, the LUMS National Outreach Programme at LUMS promotes cultural diversity and inclusion by extending the benefits of world-class education to talented students all over Pakistan. This prestigious scholarship programme focuses on identifying bright students with exceptional Matriculation and FA/FSc results and inducting them into the LUMS undergraduate programmes. The students who qualify as NOP scholars are provided full financial assistance. To date, LUMS has inducted over 1380 NOP scholars, and over 920 have graduated and are out in the world pursuing challenging careers and supporting their families and communities.
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National Reach, Global Impact
The goal of LUMS as a university is to invest in Pakistan's future by creating tomorrow's leaders. And the National Outreach Program (NOP) is the most critical and central program that advances this goal. The mission of NOP is twofold: To eliminate educational inequality in Pakistan by making high quality education available to the most talented students, irrespective of financial means. And through these students, to build a movement of diverse and capable leaders committed to a prosperous Pakistan through their own contributions to their communities and country.
NOP inducts students from across the country belonging to different ethnicities, beliefs, and backgrounds. The NOP Outreach Team works tirelessly to visit more than 145 cities, conducting introductory sessions and encouraging students to apply for the programme. Scholars joining LUMS hail from a growing number of cities each year. This diversity from across Pakistan is a testament to the deeply rooted patriotism that this scholarship embodies.
NOP is not like any other scholarship program. It is a very prestigious and rigorous fellowship programme. This means that it is not just a scholarship providing free education. Instead, it includes essential elements for the students who become part of the programme. During admissions, students are trained in and assessed for, the ability to cope with the rigours and pressures of studying at LUMS. The most suitable candidates are selected for joining the university. Then throughout their time at LUMS, NOP scholars are required to engage with a range of enrichment, enhancement, and skill-building resources. This includes resources available for all students at LUMS and special resources that have been exclusively curated for the prestigious NOP program. NOP scholars are also expected to contribute back – not just after graduation, but even during their time at LUMS- by engaging the NOP community on campus or giving back to their own communities at home. Finally, after graduation, student-turned-alumni are invited to participate in mentoring the students on campus or join the outreach being done throughout Pakistan for future students.
Rigour and prestige go together. Just like LUMS is known as a rigorous and, therefore, prestigious university among other universities. Likewise, NOP is a more rigorous and prestigious program within LUMS. The various elements mentioned above – learning opportunities prior to admission, engagement with exceptional enrichment opportunities on campus, and expectation of giving back as students and as alumni – all make NOP a fellowship program unmatched by any other program at LUMS or the whole country or even region, which has been recognized by the various international awards given to the LUMS National Outreach Programme over the years.
Today, NOP alumni are an ever-growing fellowship of leaders driven by the desire to build stronger communities leading to a progressive nation. As a result of aiming to bring the brightest minds of Pakistan to LUMS since 2001, NOP has inducted more than 1465 Scholars into the programme. It has produced over 1025 graduates with more than 55 International Scholarship recipients studying in the world's most renowned universities. It is a privilege to see NOP students in highly competitive job markets, entrepreneurial initiatives, and academia, not just in Pakistan but in well-renowned establishments across the globe.
In short, NOP scholars benefit from the multicultural environment, capable faculty, enlightening studies, rich campus environment and exceptional and prestigious NOP-focused enhancement opportunities at LUMS to build a solid foundation for life-long learning and success. Joining the most rigorous university in the country and then the most rigorous program at that university, NOP students ascend to the pinnacle of higher education in the country. This personal transformation and experience form the foundation for their social contributions: today, NOP alumni are spread across continents and form a cadre of impactful change-makers who are an asset to their communities and to the entire nation.
We aim to continue supporting the brightest minds across Pakistan, who can then become the pillars of this country’s future.
NOP Summer Coaching Session
The NOP Summer Coaching Session Application process 2024-25 is expected to run according to the usual timelines
From the verdant plains of Punjab to the dunes of Balochistan, read about the diverse experiences of the NOP team as they reach out to students in schools and colleges in remote towns and cities.