Admission directors from 10 leading universities in the United States on Wednesday met the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan 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 held at the commission secretariat. HEC Consultant Dr Mahmood-ul-Hassan Butt and US Embassy Deputy Cultural Affairs Attache Tony Jones also attended the meeting, which was held in collaboration with US Embassy and United States Education Foundation of Pakistan (USEFP).

The visitors from the US included admission directors of New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, Ohio University, Indiana University Bloomington, University of Colorado Boulder, Boise State University, Florida International University, New York Institute of Technology, Youngstown State University, Kent State University and Kansas State University.

Dr Banuri praised the support and cooperation of US universities in promoting higher education and research culture in Pakistan. He said HEC looked forward to strengthening collaboration with universities in the US. The HEC chairman said the commission wanted to enhance the number of PhD faculty across the country, as only a quarter of the working faculty in Pakistani universities held a doctorate.

Banuri also called for exploring ways to further strengthen bilateral academic relations and research linkages. “Collaboration between HEC and US institutions will help Pakistani students have lifelong experiences of networking, besides academic achievements,” he added.

Dr Butt said the HEC had played extensive role in facilitating Pakistani scholars pursue PhD studies at high ranking US universities. He said the scholarships are awarded to non-PhD faculty as well students who had completed 18 years of formal education. He added that HEC had been in negotiations with top US universities since the Fall 2017 to achieve the targets of placement of 1,500 Pakistani students in PhD programmes under the US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor (Phase I).


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