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Austria
http://www.pakscholars.org
This is the most complete and up to date information website about Pakistanis in Austria and also tells about various students studying in various Universities in Austria.

Courtesy: Naeem Akhter Meo (naeemakhtermeo@gmail.com)
Denmark
http://www.studyindenmark.dk/

Norway
http://www.studyinnorway.no/
http://www.norway.org/education/studyinnorway/skjultstudyinnorway/Programs+Thought+in+English.htm

Sweden
http://www.studyinsweden.se/templates/cs/SISFrontPage.aspx?id=4908
http://www.studyinsweden.se/templates/cs/Article____4936.aspx
http://www.studyinsweden.se/templates/cs/SISProgramSearch____5046.aspx

Basic Guide to Higher studies in Sweden
If anybody wishes to pursue higher studies than the single most important thing to take care of is that they should take up a structured approach for doing this:

1. Visit the website: http://www.studyinsweden.se and find a program suitable to your liking and qualifications. Do remember that only you and you yourself can make the best choice and there will be no one to tell you – do this. You should be able to make the decision for yourself and decide what is best in your context.
2. Prepare for either IELTS or TOEFL. More information and material for preparation of IELTS can be found in the IELTS section.
3. To give an IELTS or TOEFL exam the valid form of ID that is acceptable now is only your passport.
4. Get your Machine Readable passport made. More about that can be read from the http://www.nadra.gov.pk
5. Get your documents attested by HEC. When submitting the application at the Embassy the Embassy staff will check your degree with the list of accredited HEC institutions in Pakistan. More about that can be read from http://www.hec.gov.pk
6. Also do note that application deadlines for most Swedish Universities is end of February. So all your applications should be sent to the respective university ideally by the end of December.
7. It is always good to apply to all the possible universities so that you may have the choice later on to decide where you want to pursue your studies.

PSA in Sweden
http://www.psasweden.org
http://psasweden.googlepages.com

Do visit this link which will provide you complete information of all universities and contact information of people who are based all around Sweden. You might be able to get a first hand information from people on these links.

If you would like to see any other topic included here or have a comment about any of the information provided than just write me an email on msaadrahman@yahoo.com and I will try to compile something about it or correct it.

Finland
http://www.studyinfinland.blogspot.com/
http://www.studyinfinland.fi/
http://www.studyinfinland.fi/
http://www.psafinland.com

Germany
http://www.daad.de
http://www.daad.de/deutschland/studienangebote/alle-studiengaenge/06539.en.html

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http://www.feasta.org/documents/review2/nunan.htm

Along with this some other older and related links on the subject can be found on the links below:

http://www.worldpress.org/Mideast/2314.cfm
http://www.forbes.com/markets/feeds/afx/2006/05/07/afx2726426.html
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20060505-0320-iran-oil-euros.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2003/feb/23/oilandpetrol.theeuro
http://piglipstick.blogspot.com/2008/02/is-this-reason-irans-internet-has-been.html
http://www.energybulletin.net/39844.html
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/archives/cat_iran.html
http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7998
http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/5596

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http://www.jobs.ac.uk/jobtype/student/
A very good link for selection of the area in which you wish to look for a PhD position in the UK.

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/jobtype/masters/
For paid thesis and student internships

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“Umer Rashid” <umer_rashid@yahoo.com>
Last Date: 29 Feb 2008

PhD (2) Synthesis and Implementation of Energy-Aware Circuits and System
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven Department of Electrical Engineering

Eindhoven, (Noord-Brabant) , 40 hours per week

Job description

The Project
The failure of sub-micrometer technologies to continue with constant
process tolerances gives origin to significant challenges for design
technologies subjected to the impact of process and operational
variability such as Vth spread, Leff spread, power supply noise,
crosstalk, etc. As the variation of fundamental process parameters
goes well beyond acceptable limits, new circuit topologies, logic, and
layout optimizations are needed. This research is, therefore,
motivated by the needs of advanced process generations where
technology limitations on device count, scaling, operating frequency,
and power hinder the applicability of conventional circuit design
methodologies.

The objective of this research activity is to develop key circuit
design technologies for future (ultra) low-power intellectual- property
(IP) platforms, and to enable new uses of the key technology with a
focus on energy awareness and manufacturability of Systems on a Chip.
The research aims at developing and enabling an IC design technology
capable of providing the prescribed IP’s energy consumption and
electrical performance within manufacturability constraints. Results
of this work will provide insight into 1) synthesis of energy-aware
systems, 2) new circuit family integration into IPs 3) corresponding
IP optimization implementations for high performance, low-energy,
low-energy-delay product, and manufacturability, 4) micro architecture
solutions that attain a prescribed high performance and yield of the IP.

This research activity puts forward a new design strategy hereby
coined as Concurrent Pre-Silicon and Post Silicon Design (CPPD). Our
approach consists of merging design methodologies with on-chip
power/performance monitoring to ensure the IP’s electrical operating
conditions. What makes our project different is that our tuning occurs
at both design-time and, on-chip in real-time. Another key
differentiator of our research is that CPPD is attained through
energy-specific design synthesis and on-chip adaptive techniques that
monitor the expected behavior of the IC in real-time. Such adaptive
behavior is not on a global basis but it is achieved with locality.
The system is partitioned into autonomous and electrically isolated
islands (e.g. IPs in an SoC). In our approach, each island is
autonomous in the sense that its working conditions are modified on
the basis of its state only, which is dynamically determined through
proper parameter monitoring. Communication among islands takes place
by means of data-synchronized “globally asynchronous locally
synchronous” (GALS) techniques. In fact, the adoption of GALS allows
us to achieve complete autonomy in the control of each island and it
reduces the sensibility of the entire system to process intra-die
variability by means of proper control loops.

This research activity is in close cooperation with NXP Semiconductors.

The project has two main tracks; namely, circuits and systems. From
the systems perspective one Ph.D. student will investigate first
various architectures, e.g. parallelism, pipelining, etc. that are
suitable for our purposes given the process constraints. He/She will
investigate how to properly partition these micro-architectures into
islands so that in phase two of the track we may continue

Requirements
Required education/skills: University Graduate

Candidates for this challenging project should have a Masters degree
in Electrical or Computer Engineering.

Job type: Research / Advising
Workfield(s) :
– Research trainees, non-tenured lecturers, researchers

Organization
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Department of Electrical Engineering

The Department of Electrical Engineering concerns the research and
education of the Electrical Engineering discipline. Electrical
Engineering covers the application of electrical phenomena with
respect to energy transfer, telecommunication, and calculation and
processing of information and the technology involved. Both hardware,
in the form of electronic circuits and accessories, and software, in
the form of system software for electro-technical application, are the
subject of study. Existing and new electrical components and systems
are analyzed, designed and realized. In addition, the maintenance of
these systems is the subject of research, as is the relevance for
society of electrical engineering and informatics.

Conditions of employment
Estimated maximum salary per month: eur 2000 – 2500
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: 4 years
Maximum hours per week: 40

Additional Information
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

Prof. Dr. Jose Pineda de Gyvez
Telephone number: 31-40- 2729793
E-mail address: j.pineda.de. gyvez@tue. nl
Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following
links:

* About the organization (http://www.tue. nl)

Application
You can apply for this job before 29-02-2008 (dd-mm-yyyy) by sending
your application to:

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
PT 9.34
Prof. Dr. Jose Pineda de Gyvez
Postbus 513
5600 MB Eindhoven
Nederland
E-mail: j.pineda.de. gyvez@tue. nl

When applying for this job always mention the vacancynumber V36.332.

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The missing brick

The missing brick
“Abdul Basit” <chaudharybasit@yahoo.co.uk>
Once, when I and my wife were teravelling, I received a fax from my secretary.
‘There’s one glass brick missing for the work on the kitchen renovation, ‘she said.Í’m sending you the
original plan as well as the plan the builder has come up with to compensate for it.’
On the one hand was the design my wife had made: harmonious lines of bricks with an opening for ventilation. On the  other hand was the plan drawn up to resolve the problem of the missing brick: a real jigsaw puzzle in which te glass squares were arranged in higgledy-piggledy fashion that defied aesthetics.
‘Just buy another brick,’wrote my wife. And so they did and thus stuck to the original design.
That afernoon, I thought for a long time about wat had happened; how often, for the lack of one brick, we completely distort the original plan of our lives.

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The slayer of dragons
“Abdul Basit” <chaudharybasit@yahoo.co.uk>
Zhuangzi, the famous Chinese writer, tells the story of Zhu Pingman, who
went in search of a teacher in order to learn the best way to slay dragons.
The teacher trained Pingman for ten whole years, until he had honed to
perfection the most sophisticated dragon-slaying techniques.
Pingman spent the rest of his life looking for dragons in order show off his
skills: to his great disappointment, he never found a single dragon.
The writer of the story comments: ‘We all prepare ourselves to slay dragons,
but end up instead being devoured by the ants of the details that we never bothered to look at.’

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For all those who might be considering pursuing higher education in Norway, here is a starter link which could prove useful:
http://www.studyinnorway.no/study_in_norway/admission_amp_application

Centre for International Cooperation, Norway
http://siu.no/vev.nsf/o/English

Official website of Embassy of Norway in Pakistan
http://www.norway.org.pk

Research Opportunities in Norway
http://www.norway.org.pk/education/research/

Scholarships for students from Developing countries
http://www.norway.org.pk/education/Scholarships/Scholarships+for+Students+from+Developing+Countries.htm

[Credits for the above information: Muhammad Ahsan – malik_ahsan_pk@hotmail.com]

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