Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training (MoFEPT) Rana Tanveer Hussain has proposed a faculty and student exchange program and scholarships for students with Oxford Pakistan Program (OPP).

He was talking to a delegation of the Oxford Pakistan Program who visited his office. Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, AS Waseem Chaudhry also attended the meeting, a press release said.

The Minister said that the Government of Pakistan is putting great emphasis on the promotion of quality education including higher education in the country. There is great potential in Pakistani students, for exceptional Pakistani students to study at Oxford there is a need to establish a number of scholarships, especially for women at Lady Margaret Hall (LMH) which is traditionally a women’s college.

Minister said that there should be faculty and student exchange, scholarships for students, sharing of information and experiences about each other’s academic policies and initiatives, organization of seminars and conferences, short-term training, capacity building of staff, and reciprocal visits of officials.

Rana Tanveer was briefed that OPP has three core objectives: to address the under-representation of Pakistani and British Pakistani students at the University of Oxford (OX); to promote academic exchange between Oxford University and Pakistan’s institutions of higher learning and to broaden academic conversations on Pakistan beyond the narrow remits of security and geopolitics.

Rana Tanveer said that Pakistan has around 64% youth with substantial potential to support all key sectors of the economy by developing human capital. The government of Pakistan realizes that it is imperative to provide quality education and opportunities to youth for the socioeconomic development of Pakistan.

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