Islamabad—The United Kingdom spends more on education in Pakistan than it does in any other country overseas, said British Deputy High Commissioner, Patrick Moody at the 2nd Annual ‘UKinPak’ exhibition, on Saturday.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of exhibition, he said Ukinpak is a platform that showcases all the exceptional work being done by the UK in education in Pakistan, from exams and English language, to schools, arts and scholarships.
He said “It gives me great pleasure to see that the Ukinpak exhibition presents the full extent of our education work in Pakistan.”
Pakistan remains one of the top priority countries for the UK, he said and added, the Department for International Development (DFID) supports Pakistan with its largest bilateral education programme anywhere in the world.
The British Council similarly has just recently reopened its libraries in Lahore and Karachi and continues to administer in Pakistan amongst the greatest number of English language exams anywhere in the world, Moody added.
Under the UK Government funded Chevening Scholarship Programme, he said, “we have sent a record number of Pakistani scholars to the UK this year for post-graduate degrees and we expect these numbers to further rise in the future.”
This year also marks the first time “we have sent a Pakistani scholar for the Chevening-Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) Fellowship and the Chevening Library Fellowship”.
Under Chevening, he said “we also offer the South Asia Journalism Programme Fellowship for Pakistani journalists.” “We are once again bringing our GREAT Debate competition which will be happening across Pakistan this year” , he added.
He said, the presence of British businesses in Pakistan remains stronger than ever through UK Trade and Investment and the newly opened British Business Centre was also facilitating over a hundred British companies operating in Pakistan and supporting its economy.
New Director of British Council in Pakistan, Rosemary Hillhorst said “education opens the door for our children and grandchildren to discover all the opportunities the world has to offer.”
He said British Council has been working in Pakistan to provide an environment and activities to help all young people to succeed and grow.
People from various segments of society including academia, media, government and the diplomatic community met with officials from the British Council, the British High Commission and the British Business Centre at the exhibition.