Professor Christine Gerrard at the Oxford Pakistan Programme launch
Alan Rusbridger giving a speech at the Oxford Pakistan Programme launch

On Thursday 30th September, the Oxford Pakistan Programme was launched at the Pakistan High Commission in London. LMH's Principal Christine Gerrard, former Principal Alan Rusbridger, and alumna Malala Yousafzai all gave speeches at the event in strong support of the initiative.

The programme will provide support and enable students from Pakistan to engage in academic and research pursuits at the University of Oxford. It includes graduate scholarships for deserving students, visiting fellowships for Pakistani faculty members, and special lectures on eastern philosophy.

LMH alumna, Malala Yousafzai (PPE, 2017), who has been a strong supporter from the outset, also announced a new scholarship that will allow one Pakistani girl from an underprivileged background to study at the University of Oxford every year.

LMH alumnus, Haroon Zaman (Jurisprudence 2016), Dr Talha Pirzada and Professor Adeel Malik are building a wider Oxford Pakistan Programme of which the LMH Pakistan Initiative is the first step.

The LMH Pakistan Initiative has four aims:

  1. To increase the number of graduate scholarships for Pakistani and British Pakistani students. 
  2. To increase the study of Pakistan at Oxford by creating a research fund for those studying Pakistan.
  3. To create a bursary programme for Pakistani and British Pakistani graduate students for whom Oxford is out of reach financially.
  4. To establish a visiting student programme for Pakistani students to come to Oxford.

For further information, please contact our Development Director, Richard Hunt at

Malala Yousafzai giving a speech at the Oxford Pakistan Programme launch
The Oxford Pakistan Programme launch at the Pakistan High Commission in London