Pak-US collaboration for promoting higher education discussed

ISLAMABAD: Visitors take interest in books at the book stalls on the last day of 4th ILF at Lok Virsa. INP PHOTO


HEC Executive Director Dr Arshad Ali has said that Pakistan-US University Partnerships has been promoting higher education in Pakistan by utilizing the experiences of US partners.

While speaking at the a daylong Pakistan-US University Partnerships Follow-up workshop organized jointly by Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan and US Embassy at a local hotel, HEC Executive Director Dr Arshad said the partnerships among the higher education institutions of the two countries will go a long way in achieving remarkable outcomes and targets.

He stressed upon the need for a way-forward to sustain these partnerships, he said that the constraints lying in the way of accomplishing objectives of this flagship programme should not be allowed to disturb it. He admired the US Government, people and the US Embassy in Islamabad for their generous support by taking keen interest in becoming part of HEC’s efforts to promote higher education in the country.

US Embassy Islamabad Minister Counselor Jeffery Sexton shared an overview of the partnership between the universities and appreciated HEC for its endeavours to make the programme a success.

He said the targets achieved through the programme so far reflect the mutual interest of Pakistani and US partners, adding that these partnerships are playing a significant role in building bilateral relations. He observed that the partnerships have given a new perspective to scholars and critical thinking to faculties, who have witnessed new teaching styles.

Consultant HEC Dr Mahmood-ul-Hassan Butt highlighted the key expectations associated with the Pakistan-US University Partnerships Programme.

He said that the programmes covered many subjects, architecture, psychology, computer science, post-doctoral research, development of English language faculty, social sciences, and business management. He said the programme helped learning different ways of university administration, various kinds of research, and classroom management skills, adding that it paved the way for Pak-US strategic dialogue in various fields including S&T.

Dr Butt said that “this will help Pakistani universities learn about US higher education systems,” he asserted. He continued to say that under Pakistan-US Knowledge Corridor as many as 10,000 new PhDs will be produced during the next 10 years.







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