Message from Nigel Portwood, Chief Executive of OUP

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the second oldest functioning university anywhere. Scholars and leaders, the alumni of Oxford over the centuries, have included some of the most outstanding personages in the history of the world. The name of Oxford has been and remains synonymous with the highest levels of educational and academic excellence. The University has always sought to be at the forefront of learning, teaching, and research.

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Message from Ameena Saiyid OBE, Chair, Oxford University Press Pakistan

It is not easy to be objective about an institution with which one has been so deeply involved for so much of one’s life. I will not therefore make the attempt. Let me simply state that the institution whose sixtieth birthday in Pakistan we are celebrating this year could not have been brought to where it is today without belief and commitment, on the part of our parent organization, and the passion and dedication of those who have worked for it since its inception in Pakistan.

A sixtieth birthday is a Diamond Jubilee celebration. A diamond is beautiful, but it is also the hardest substance known which needs expert craftsmanship and patient hard work to bring out the crystalline splendour of its many facets. The metaphor is appropriate for OUP Pakistan which had perhaps lacked lustre to begin with, and for several years thereafter. It may even have seemed downright unpromising at times. But, as the result of a great deal of patience and fortitude, the application of a wide range of skills to the different aspects of the institution, and enormous amounts of sheer hard work, we can today certainly boast about the kind of organization we have been able to develop here.

The metaphor would be incomplete without reference to the hardness of this diamond—the hardness of numbers: volume growth and turnover. After some initial shakiness and uncertainty, the Pakistan Branch has shown continuous, strong growth and consistent returns year after year for at least the past quarter century.

We of the OUP family in Pakistan can be rightly satisfied with these achievements, just as we can take deep pride at our custom-built head office, whose concrete celebration of Pakistan’s arts and crafts symbolizes the position of our organization within the larger community. It has not been just a matter of sales numbers and growth, important as these are, no less significant is the fact that OUPP has been decisively established within the educational and academic communities. Moreover, it has become an integral part of the intellectual and cultural life of the country and enjoys a unique position in the hearts and minds of Pakistanis of all ages.

Today, at the age of sixty, the OUP Branch in Pakistan is mature but can hardly be said to be becoming portly and middle-aged. After all, our parent organization is more than five centuries old. We remain as young, dynamic, and vigorous as ever, always looking for new ideas, challenges, and successes. Our most important resource remains our people, and their training, development, and well-being will enable us to successfully chart an exciting and fulfilling future. It is a proud and happy sixtieth birthday that we celebrate this year.

The Launch of the Museum and Archives in 2012

On the 6th of November 2012, the Oxford University Press Pakistan Museum and Archives opened its doors to the world. The launch of the Museum was part of OUP Pakistan’s 60 years’ celebrations and what better way to commemorate history than to launch the Museum and Archives to honour that very history.

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The Archives at Oxford University Press Pakistan

Want to see if we are actually saying the truth when we say we have been publishing since 1952? So then take the time out and come see out File Copy Room, where a record has been maintained of more or less every single book that has ever been published by the Oxford University Press Pakistan.

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Our First School Visit!

On 29th November 2012, students of Fahim’s School System (Senior Girls) visited the OUP Pakistan Head Office. Around 70 students along with their teachers spent 4 hours, visiting the various departments and learning about their working techniques and visiting the Museum, thus making them our first official school visit.   Continue reading…

OUP Pakistan Museum Goes Mobile

…Following the immense interest generated by the Oxford University Pakistan (OUPP) Museum and Archives in the branch’s head office, a mobile version has been developed for exhibitions and public forums to raise awareness of OUP’s rich heritage across Pakistan.

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