HEC, Belarus to discuss mutual cooperation in academic areas

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Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—The Higher Education Commission and Republic of Belarus have agreed to discuss possibilities of mutual collaboration in a number of academic areas. It was decided in a meeting held here Monday between the officials of HEC and Republic of Belarus. Areas of mutual cooperation including space technology, nanotechnology, nano-electronics, sports, tourism, environmental technology, and engineering.
The Belarusian delegation comprising universities Vice Chancellors headed by Vadim Bogush, First Deputy of the Ministry of Education was called on Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC and the top management to explore avenues for collaboration and knowledge exchange with Pakistani higher education institutions. The chairman HEC welcomed the delegation and appreciated Belarusian expertise in scientific research and development including nano-technology, biotechnology, innovation, commerce, vocational education and green technology. He said that Belarus has excellence research facilities and HEC would like to learn from their experience. HEC would also send a group of Vice Chancellors to Belarus so that they could workout possibilities of academic collaboration.
“We need to go beyond MoUs and agreements to achieve academic partnership in a tangible and practical way,” he stressed. He urged the delegates to suggest the potential areas in which both the countries could collaborate and work on joint projects. Minister Vadim Bogush said that he would make use of the opportunity of the visit and encourage exchange of knowledge in areas of nanotechnology, space technology and sports. He informed the gathering that Belarus has 50 universities for a population of only 10 million people. Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director, HEC shared an overview of the HECs functions, responsibilities and achievements. He said that HEC has been actively taking steps for human resource development in the country, improving equitable access to higher education, boosting quality and excellence in learning and research, defining relevance of national priorities, and providing universities with leadership and governance hierarchy.
The Belarusian delegation comprised Ihar Voitau, Rector of the Belarusian State Technological University; Kanstantsin Bandarenka, Rector of the Mogilev State A Kuleshov University; Aleh Ivashkevich, First Vice-rector of the Belarusian State University; Anatoly Osipov, First Vice-rector of the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics; Aliaksandr Tsyhanau, Vice-rector on Academics, Foreign Cooperation on Additional Adult Education of the Belarusian State Technological University; Yury Bialykh, Vice-rector on Academics of the Grodno State University; Siarhei Aleninik, Chairman of the Department of Oriental Languages of the Minsk State Linguistic University; Vladimir Kovalenva, Vice-rector for Educational and Sports Activities of the Belarusian State University of Physical Training.

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