Islamabad—A delegation of the Republic of Maldives led by Mr. Azleen Ahmed, Deputy Minister of Education visited Higher Education Commission (HEC) Secretariat and called on Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC and other members of the senior management.
The delegation included Dr. Mohammad Latheef, Chancellor, Maldives National University, Dr. Ali Fawaz Shareef, Vice Chancellor, Maldives National University, and Ms. Fathimah Amira, Director General of Higher Education.
Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC welcomed the delegates and presented an overview of HEC’s initiatives and achievements during last 13 years. He explained how Government’s commitment to develop higher education and a considerable increase in funding has brought remarkable changes in the sector. The Chairman said that the primary focus of HEC has remained to develop human resource in all disciplines and providing ample opportunities to faculty, research scholars and students to harness their potential. “Areas having a direct impact on country’s socio-economic growth have been prioritized. Encouraging and funding innovative and relevant research, entrepreneurship, ensuring adherence to quality assurance criteria, developing physical and technological infrastructure, improving governance at universities are some of the key areas where HEC has put its maximum effort,” he said.
Dr. Mukhtar said that Maldives and Pakistan enjoy a brotherly relationship, adding that education is the biggest tool to further strengthen this association. The Maldivian Minister appreciated the hospitality of Pakistani people and agreed that cooperation in the field of education will play a key role in bringing the government and people of the two countries more closer to each other.