A delegation of the University of Bradford, UK visited the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and met, HEC Chairman Dr Tariq Banuri on Wednesday. During the meeting, the two sides expressed their commitment to promoting research collaboration, faculty exchange and student placement.
The delegation comprised Professor Brian Cantor, Vice Chancellor University of Bradford, Mark Garratt, Director External Affairs, Professor Tahir Khan, faculty member, Professor Amir Sharif, Associate Dean (International), Fahad Asif, Regional Manager and Sarah Parvez, Head of Higher Education and Skills, British Council.
Talking to the delegation, Dr Banuri said HEC accorded high value to its academic relations with UK universities. He said collaboration could be enhanced by taking steps for joint research initiatives among Pakistani and UK higher education institutions. He also stressed the need for faculty exchange between Pakistani universities and Bradford University. He emphasised steps for student placement in Bradford University.
The Bradford University vice chancellor assured the chairman of facilitating Pakistani students and scholars studying at Bradford University. “A huge Pakistani community resides in Bradford and the students having roots in Pakistan are welcome to visit Pakistan for academic and entrepreneurial purposes,” he said.
HEC has recently initiated a dialogue with partner universities regarding tuition fee waivers and subsidies for PhD scholars. The two-sides discussed various options for HEC scholars, and efforts underway to promote institutional collaborations through the Pakistan-UK Education Gateway.
HEC has been taking several initiatives to improve the placement of Pakistani scholars in top universities of the world in this regard, admission directors from 10 leading universities in the United States met the HEC chairman to discuss potential admissions of Pakistani students in the US under the US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor project.
The meeting between US universities’ representatives and HEC Chairman Tariq Banuri was also attended by HEC Consultant Dr Mahmood-ul-Hassan Butt and US Embassy Deputy Cultural Affairs Attache Tony Jones. The meeting was held in collaboration with US Embassy and United States Education Foundation of Pakistan (USEFP).