Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan to strengthen collaboration in higher education


Staff Reporter

Islamabad—A delegation of the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan comprising HEC officers and Vice Chancellors visited Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to explore avenues of collaboration, assess facilities and strength of Kyrgyz educational system, and see where Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan can cooperate for enhancing quality of education, research and technology transfer.
A delegation from Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) was also in Bishkek and both the teams had joint visits of medical institutions.
HEC delegation was headed by Dr. G. Raza Bhatti, Member (Operations and Planning) HEC and included Mr. Muhammad Raza Chohan, Director General (Academics) HEC, Dr. Habib Ahmed, Vice Chancellor, Islamia College University, Peshawar and Dr. M. Afzal Haque, Vice Chancellor, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi. PMDC delegation included Dr. Abdul Khaliq Naveed, Dr. Feroz Jahangir, Dr. Mussrat Hussain, and Dr. Sitara Hassan. During visits to different institutions, Dr. Bhatti gave a detailed overview of higher education sector of Pakistan and initiatives which are being undertaken by HEC for promotion of higher education and research since its inception in 2002.
He explained various strategies designed to improve the quality of teaching, learning and research process. He also highlighted the role of HEC in developing human resource through various foreign and indigenous scholarships for faculty and students.
The launching of new University of Central Asia and Pakistan (UCAP) in Islamabad also came under discussion with officials of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kyrgyzstan and various higher education institutions.