|The Area Study Centre for Europe, University Of Karachi was established
alongwith five other Area Study Centres (situated in major state sector
Universities of Pakistan) by an act of parliament (ASC Ac No XLV,1975)
in 1975. The Centre is an autonomous institution, under the academic
discipline of the University of Karachi, supervised by a Board of
Governors. It is funded by the Federal Government.
The Centre is slightly isolated from the hustle and bustle of mainstream
University departments. The centre provides a peaceful atmosphere
for teaching and research at the MS/PhD level. Its MS course work
programme in European studies spread over two semesters is designed
to give students a thorough understanding of contemporary Europe.
Besides traditional subjects like European history, philosophy and
thoughts, the courses are now focused on the European Union, its
politics, law, economics, external relationships and common foreign
and security policy. Europe's relation with Pakistan, the Muslim
world and the developing world are given particular importance.
The research findings of the Centre's own research staff are published
in the form of books, monographs and profiles. The centre also publishes
the bi-annual Journal of European Studies, which covers articles
on contemporary European issues.
The Centre also offers courses in French, German and English languages
at the certificate level and diploma in the French language.