Islamabad—Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Mukhtar Ahmad Thursday said that Turkey will provide technical expertise for establishment of a Technology Park in Pakistan.
Talking to a delegation of Turkish Council of Higher Education (CoHE), he said that Turkey has also sought help from Pakistan to strengthen of Urdu departments in Turkish universities.
The delegation led by Prof. Dr. M A Yekta Sarac, President, Council of Higher Education (CoHE), and others included Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal, Executive Member CoHE, Prof. Dr. Rahmi Er, Member CoHE, Dr. Muhammet Emin Zararsiz, General Board Member CoHE, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Unal, Rector, Akdeniz University, Prof. Dr. Naci Gundogan, Rector, Anadolu University, Prof. Dr. Mahmut Ak, Rector, Istanbul University, Prof. Dr. Halil Toker Academian in Urdu, Istanbul University, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Camsari, Rector, Mersin University, Prof. Dr. Yusuf Ulcay, Rector, Uludag University, Turkey visited HEC Secretariat.
On the occasion, an MoU was signed by both countries to enable collaboration in different fields.
The two sides agreed that Pakistan and Turkey have a number of similar priorities for higher education and both the countries need to synergies their potential in addressing future educational, scientific and technological challenges. Both the countries agreed to initiate joint research, faculty and student exchange programmes, and setting up centres of excellence in fields of respective expertise.
It was also discussed that Turkish universities will initiate signature projects in Pakistan.
Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed briefed the visitors about development of Pakistan’s higher education sector since HEC’s inception in 2002 and how different initiatives taken by Commission to improve equitable access, ensure quality, develop human resource and promote relevant research have borne fruit.
The Chairman said that Pakistan and Turkey have agreements for collaboration in higher education sector, adding that this partnership needs to be strengthened further.
The President CoHE gave an overview of Turkey’s higher education sector. He appreciated the reforms brought about by HEC during the last decade and hoped that their visit would strengthen bilateral cooperation in higher education. He said it is a good sign that Pakistan and Turkey have a strong basis of collaboration which can be further expanded.
He shared the Turkish experience and said that access to education was increasing but they were well aware of the quality challenge that confronted them. He said that at present there are 185 universities in Turkey and over 150,000 faculty members and around 6.8 million students.
The Vice Chancellors of International Islamic University, Quaid-e-Azam University, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Air University, Riphah International University, Hi-Tech university and representatives of NUST, IST, CIIT and Additional Secretary Higher Education, KPK shared their areas of expertise.