NUtech Hosts Landmark Summit on Higher Education
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NUtech Hosts Landmark Summit on Higher Education

NUtech Hosts Landmark Summit on Higher Education

The “International Summit on the Future of Higher Education in Pakistan,” a collaborative effort between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, concluded successfully, marking a significant step towards enhancing the quality of education and employability of students in Pakistan. The groundbreaking three-day event, held at the National University of Technology (NUtech) in Islamabad, gathered 180 leaders and faculty from Pakistani and American universities.

Key topics discussed at the summit included climate responsiveness, financial management, and revitalizing research and innovation. U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Andrew J. Schofer underscored the pivotal role of higher education institutions in Pakistan’s economic progress during his opening address. “Higher education institutions are vital to Pakistan’s development. By offering equitable education, equipping youth with job-ready skills, and spearheading applied research and innovation, universities contribute significantly to the prosperity of both individuals and society,” Schofer stated.

Joining Schofer at the inauguration were HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed and professors from the University of Utah. The summit, funded by USAID, is part of a broader $19 million initiative known as the Higher Education System Strengthening Activity (HESSA). This initiative aims to support 16 Pakistani public universities in improving higher education management, providing market-relevant instruction, and enhancing student support services.

Dr Mukhtar Ahmed praised the robust collaboration between the University of Utah and Pakistani universities, emphasizing the value of cross-border exchanges of ideas and innovations. “When universities deliver equitable education, provide youth with employment skills, and lead in research and innovation, both individuals and society thrive,” Ahmed noted.

Throughout the summit, leaders and faculty members from both countries engaged in productive discussions and workshops. The event highlighted the shared commitment to building partnerships and strengthening the quality of higher education.

Executive Director HEC Zia Ul-Qayyum, addressing the closing ceremony, highlighted the summit’s achievements and the positive impact of such international collaborations. “This summit has paved the way for stronger academic ties and has set the foundation for future cooperation in higher education,” he said.

The summit not only provided a platform for knowledge exchange but also aimed to foster sustainable development in Pakistan through improved educational practices. As the event concluded, participants expressed optimism about the future of higher education in Pakistan and the continued partnership between Pakistani and American institutions.

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