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Nigerian S&T Ministry Delegation Calls on Chairman HECNigerian S&T Ministry Delegation Calls on Chairman HEC<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, December 12, 2018: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) is keen to work with friendly countries and develop international academic linkages for promotion of higher education and collaboration.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">This was stated by Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman, HEC in a meeting with a two-member delegation from Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Nigeria at the Commission Secretariat. The delegation comprised Mr. Abayomi Oguntunde, Director, Bioresources Technology Department, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Nigeria and Mr. Samuel Thomas, SA to Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Banuri said HEC has set up Centres of Advanced Studies in water, energy and food security which can contribute to problem solving in Pakistan and other developing countries. He stressed the need for identifying potential areas of collaboration between HEC and Nigerian higher education institutions. "HEC looks forward to enhancing collaboration with our brotherly nations in all areas of education and research," he stated. He underlined that an HEC team would be sent to visit Nigeria to enhance bilateral collaboration and assess option for cooperation and mutual support with Nigerian institutions. He said HEC encourages promotion of research collaborations with international institutions and can also extend assistance to Nigeria.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The delegation appreciated HEC for its programmes and initiatives to develop the higher education sector in Pakistan. </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>12-12-2018 11:29:08<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
LLB Admissions without TestLLB Admissions without Test<div style="text-align:justify;"> </div><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center;"><strong><span style="font-size:16pt;line-height:105%;font-family:"cambria", serif;">HEC Announces 15<sup>th</sup> as Deadline for Universities to Submit Data of Admitted Law Students <br></span></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:105%;font-family:"cambria", serif;">Islamabad, December 11, 2018: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has asked the universities and affiliated colleges to submit by December 15, 2018 the data of law students who have been admitted in law degree programmes without appearing in HEC-Law Admission Test (LAT) held on August 19, 2018.       </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:105%;font-family:"cambria", serif;">A letter issued to Vice Chancellors and heads of universities reveals that on the directions of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, admission of only those students will be considered valid who have taken the HEC-LAT test and secured 50 per cent marks. This test is aimed at discerning whether the candidates have the aptitude for the programme.  </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:105%;font-family:"cambria", serif;">HEC has repeatedly issued letters to the Vice Chancellors and heads of all public sector universities, requesting them for provision of the requisite data. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:105%;font-family:"cambria", serif;">According to the Supreme Court judgement, the students aspiring for admission in law programmes must appear in the law test. In order to facilitate the students, HEC conducted LAT test on August 19, 2018. However, some students could not take the examination on this date. A subsequent test will be administered.  </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:105%;font-family:"cambria", serif;">The universities have been asked to provide the list of students who have been admitted in LLB programme without obtaining the test score, so that test is conducted for them and their admissions are finalised.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;line-height:normal;text-align:center;">===============</p>11-12-2018 11:48:15<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC, British Council Launch Pakistan-UK Education GatewayHEC, British Council Launch Pakistan-UK Education Gateway<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Higher Education Government's Top Priority, Says Shafqat Mahmood           </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, November 26, 2018: The promotion of higher education is the highest priority of government, said Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Federal Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training.     </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He said this while addressing the launching ceremony of Pakistan-UK Education Gateway held at the Commission Secretariat on Monday. Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman, HEC, Lt. Gen. (R) Muhammad Asghar, Executive Director, HEC, Mr. Thomas Drew, British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ms. Rosemary Hilhorst, Country Director, British Council, Ms. Joanna Newman, Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities, Dr. Mahmood-ul-Hassan Butt, Consultant, HEC and large number of Vice Chancellors also graced the ceremony. A delegation of 20 representatives of top UK universities currently on visit to Pakistan also attended the meeting.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Pakistan and the United Kingdom have a long history of friendship and academic collaboration between the two countries. Pakistan-UK Education Gateway Programme will prove to be a constant means of cooperation between the higher education sectors of the two countries. The critical areas to be covered in the Pakistan-UK Education Gateway include split PhD programmes, full-fledged PhD programmes, student and faculty exchange, easy student mobility, involvement of funding agencies and research entities, quality and governance at higher education institutions, and capacity building through short training programmes. There are seven elements of the Pakistan-UK Gateway. From Research Partnerships; helping to find PhD Scholarships for Pakistanis; supporting Leadership development and introducing Quality Assurance systems; bring more opportunities through Distance Learning; more Pakistani students studying in the UK; building on Pakistan's position as a market for Transnational education and finally a compulsory three credit course on Citizenship- modelled on Active Citizens.         </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood said the launch of Pakistan-UK Education Gateway is an august occasion in the history of Pakistan-UK relations. He said the two countries enjoy deep and strong cordial relations, adding that the initiative will further strengthen the bilateral relations between Pakistan and the United Kingdom. He said Pakistan has a long way to go in its efforts to develop the higher education sector. Identifying challenges facing the higher education sector, he said the country needs to exert tremendous efforts on improving quality and ensuing relevance of higher education and research. He urged the Vice Chancellors to prepare students for the future challenges and work on improving the methodology of imparking knowledge, as the knowledge base of future will be different. It is also imperative to develop skills of our youth in consonance with the job market needs, he underlined. He maintained that the government is going to complete its 100 days and it has identified areas to focus on for the socio-economic development.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Banuri said Pakistan and the United Kingdom have developed outstanding academic relationship. He informed the audience that as many as 386 Pakistani scholars have completed their PhD studies from the UK universities in the recent years.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It is a brilliant start. Yet, we want to take it not only to thousands but to tens of thousands," he underlined. He stressed the need for developing the bilateral academic relationship in a way that helps Pakistan build up its universities. He underscored that global parity is essential to help the future generations address the challenges. "We need to train our children to be global citizens, as we know for sure that the challenges they will face will be of global character," he stated. He emphasised that all academic institutions need a strategy to enhance global engagement. He said HEC has marked tremendous success in the last 15 years achieving a number of goals set at the time of its inception. He said tenfold increase in the enrolment ratio has been marked with proportional increase in the number of faculty members. He added that the number of research publications has increased up to 15 times as compared to 2002. He observed that amid this rapid expansion and tremendous cultural change, two areas including quality and relevance need more attention. He said HEC plans to greater integration of programmes, as the time has come to give Social Sciences and Humanities their due. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Hilhorst said, "the successful future of several million young people in our hands, as they have great expectations and aspirations." She said through this partnership, we continue to bring the UK's knowledge and expertise to Pakistan in support of HEC in their ambition to develop and build the capacity of higher education institutions in the country. We look forward to working with the HEC and our UK partners in making this gateway a success and add value to bilateral and mutually beneficial relationships.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The additional investment of GBP one million will fund Research and Partnership Grants; the development of a Research Excellence Framework; building the capacity of Pakistan's research and doctoral base. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The ceremony was also addressed by Ms. Joanna Newman and Dr. Mahmood-ul-Hassan Butt who shed light on the significance of Pakistan-UK Education Gateway. </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>27-11-2018 10:55:40<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Proposes Measures to Promote Employability PhDsHEC Proposes Measures to Promote Employability PhDs<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, November 15, 2018: Recognising the hardships facing unemployed PhDs, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has proposed to take measures to help increase employment opportunities for PhD graduates. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"HEC recognises difficulties being faced by the unemployed PhDs." To alleviate the hardships, HEC has held several deliberations with representatives of unemployed PhDs and other stakeholders to evaluate the problem and institute steps that will help in creating additional employment opportunities for PhD graduates," says an HEC statement.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to the statement, eligibility criteria under Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs (IPFP) programme will be reviewed to strengthen placement of PhD graduates in all HEC recognised universities. HEC will institute capacity building programmes for the development of young PhD graduates in essential soft skills, including measures to assess and determine capacity building needs. HEC will evaluate the possibility of including R&D organisations and affiliated colleges -- through the corresponding affiliating university -- under IPFP to open up new placement opportunities. The process will be completed within a period of 30 days.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">HEC will compile data on current faculty recruitment practices in HEIs with reference to regular vis-à-vis visiting, contractual, daily paid and subject specialist faculty, undertake analysis thereof and issue advice to the HEIs w.r.t the admissible ratio of regular vis-à-vis temporary faculty, periodical convening of Selection Boards, and completion of recruitment cycle within a period of 90 days. Incompliance of the policy guidelines will have reflection on the university funding and ranking. The exercise will be completed within a period of six weeks.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The eligibility criteria for international Post Doc Fellowships will be revised to include both employed and unemployed PhD graduates upon approval of the competent authority. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">All unemployed and employed PhD graduates will register themselves at PhD Data Bank launched by the HEC in August 2018 to avail HEC services within a period of 30 days. Un-registered PhD scholars shall not be considered eligible for HEC services.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">HEC will examine the feasibility of instituting 'PhD Scholars Support Programme' for protecting their livelihood. Under the programme, unemployed PhD graduates will be placed at all public educational, research and administrative institutions for a maximum period of 12 months on a monthly remuneration not exceeding Rs.50,000 and will be expected to ably serve the concerned organisations.     </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>15-11-2018 18:09:32<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
US Chargé d’Affaires Calls on Chairman HECUS Chargé d’Affaires Calls on Chairman HEC<p style="text-align:justify;">​Islamabad, November 9, 2018: Ambassador Paul W. Jones, US Chargé d'Affaires to Pakistan visited the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and called on Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman, and HEC here on Friday. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Welcoming the dignitary, Dr. Banuri appreciated the US Embassy's role and efforts to promote collaboration between the Pakistani and US universities and higher education institutions. "The US and Pakistan have an extensive record of collaboration in the higher education sector," he stated. He mentioned that the US support has been very critical in establishing and strengthening some of the best Pakistani universities including Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi; Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS); and, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF).    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Ambassador said the US extends general support to its friendly countries in various areas, especially education, as it is a very significant sector of long term growth.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Appreciating the USAID Centre of Advanced Studies (CAS) programme, Dr. Banuri said that efforts are afoot to ensure sustainability of the centers. He further said that the US Fulbright initiative is the largest programme of its kind in the world and Pakistan is benefiting from it. He maintained that the US-Pakistan research collaboration is another remarkable milestone, as the 7<sup>th</sup> phase of the US-Pakistan Science and Technology Programme is being completed while the 8<sup>th</sup> phase of the programme will soon be launched. Collaborative research initiatives need to be encouraged, emphasised by both, Dr. Banuri and Ambassador Jones.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman stressed that HEC looks forwards to expanded bilateral collaboration. He emphasized on no-cost extension in the CAS projects in order to enable effective utilization of resources put in them. He underlined the need for engagement of US universities in support for capacity building of Pakistani universities and the revival of National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE). He informed the dignitary that NAHE will provide trainings for potential university leadership, faculty and administrative staff of universities. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Banuri said HEC has recently taken measures to streamline the process of degree verification and equivalence. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Ambassador said that undergraduate Pakistani students also need to apply for admission in the US universities. He said the number of undergraduate students studying in the US institutions could be increased. He hoped that the bilateral collaboration will thrive and the academic relations will further strengthen mutually beneficial relations between Pakistan and the United States.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Christopher Fitzgerald, Public Affairs Officer; Mr. Matthew Singer, Cultural Affairs Officer; Erica Rounsefell, Director, USAID Office of Education; and Nadia Kamran, Senior Cultural Specialist. Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Muhammad Asghar, Acting Executive Director, HEC and Dr. Mahmood ul Hassan Butt, Consultant, HEC also attended the meeting.</p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>10-11-2018 06:44:29<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
DAAD Delegation Calls on Chairman HECDAAD Delegation Calls on Chairman HEC<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, November 8, 2018: A delegation of DAAD (<em>Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst</em>), the German Academic Exchange Service met with Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC) at the Commission Secretariat.            </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The delegation comprised Dr. Katharina Fleckenstein, Head of Section Scholarship Programmes Middle East, North Africa - ST33, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Bonn Germany; Dr. Simone Burkhart, Head of Division, Financial Support, DAAD; Inge Iqbal, Director, DAAD Information Centre Islamabad; Ms. Rosenberger, and Cultural attaché at the German Embassy, Islamabad.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Talking to the delegation, Dr. Banuri appreciated the ongoing collaborative endeavours between HEC and DAAD. He said Germany hosts Pakistani students who win HEC scholarships to study in Germany, while the DAAD representatives guide them in all academic issues. He said the two sides need to enhance research collaboration. He said HEC encourages Pakistani students going into German universities, develop networking, and come back to serve Pakistan. He said around 60 PhD students have been sent off to German universities this year.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Since the inception of HEC Overseas PhD Scholarship Programme, 700 Pakistani Phd scholars are studying in German universities, while 400 students have completed their studies and returned to Pakistan. It said the collaboration needs to be expanded on the pattern of US-Pakistan Science and Technology Cooperation Programme and Pak-France PERIDOT Research Programme under which researchers identify areas of research and the concerned side fund them. It underlined that German universities are good at robotics, mechatronics, Information Technology, Biology and various other areas.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Banuri said the joint academic initiatives are based on a two-way gain and help strengthen country-to-country relationships. He said HEC is looking for faculty exchange between Pakistani and German institutions. He said the two sides are required to identify potential areas in which they can develop collaboration and carry out research initiatives.</p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>08-11-2018 17:58:14<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Kicks off Series of Workshops on Erasmus ProgramHEC Kicks off Series of Workshops on Erasmus Program<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Dr. Banuri Stresses Need for Leveraging Erasmus</strong><sup>+ </sup><strong>Programme Opportunities</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, November 5, 2018: Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC) urges higher education institutions, faculty and students to avail themselves of the opportunities offered under Erasmus<sup>+</sup> Programme.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He said this while addressing a workshop on Erasmus<sup>+</sup> Programme, as HEC has launched a series of workshops to create awareness about the opportunities offered under the European Union's Erasmus<sup>+</sup> Programme for higher education institutions, students and staff from the partner countries outside the European Union.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Erasmus<sup>+</sup> is an education programme aimed at promoting academic and cultural understanding between the European Countries and Partner Countries. It contributes to the development of human resources, international cooperation, and capacity of higher education institutions across the world by increasing mobility between the EU and other countries. Under the programme, the EU extends opportunities to the students and teaching staff worldwide to go to European institutions to acquire higher education or teach under Erasmus<sup>+</sup> Programme. The programme supports projects, partnerships, events and credit mobility in the areas of education, training, youth and sports. It is characterised by four major components including International Credit Mobility, capacity building projects in the field of higher education based on multiple partnerships, Jean Monnet, and Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degrees. It also provides funding opportunities for capacity building and cooperation in all the defined areas. The study scholarships cover an entire Masters degree course, while grants can fund shorter study periods in Europe that can count towards a degree back home. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">As the structure of Erasmus<sup>+</sup> is based on two categories including Programme Countries and Partner Countries, Pakistan being located in Asia region falls under the category of Partner Countries. The budget allocated for the programme funds Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees, scholarships for Master Degree students and staff, scholarships for individuals, capacity-building projects for higher education, and Jean Monnet projects.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A higher education institution can send its students, doctoral candidates and staff to a partner higher education institution in a Programme Country. Similarly, individual students and doctoral candidates will also receive funds under a set criteria. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Tariq Banuri said the Erasmus<sup>+</sup> Programme is a great opportunity that is under-utilised in Pakistan. "We need to realise the significance of this opportunity and avail ourselves of it in a real sense," he emphasised. He stressed the need for submission of an increased number of research proposals to avail the opportunities under the programme. He observed that the number of research proposals submitted under the programme has marked an increase in the last few years. He stated that HEC wants to have a boost in student and faculty exchange initiatives, as engagement with the world is very fruitful practice to have quality higher education and research. "The more people apply under the programme, the better it is for the country's academic as well as socio-economic prosperity," he underlined. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his remarks, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Muhammad Asghar, Executive Director, HEC said the Erasmus<sup>+</sup> Programme offers tremendous opportunities to Pakistani students, researchers, and faculty members. He emphasised on creating awareness among the academic community and students about the opportunities offered under the programme.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Earlier, Dr. Mehmood-ul-Hassan Butt, Consultant, HEC briefed the participants about the background and objectives of Erasmus<sup>+</sup> Programme. He urged the universities and faculty members to promote the programme so that maximum people could benefit from it. He said the programme was launched in Pakistan in 2016 and only 35 scholars received scholarships. He maintained that the number of scholarships awardees reached 60 in the following year, adding that 97 scholars have received the scholarships in the current year. He informed the participants that the target for 2019 is to avail 250 scholarships for Masters degree and at least four capacity building institutional grants.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The workshop was attended by Mr. Waseem S. Hashmi Syed, Adviser, Human Resource Development, HEC, Mr. Athar Osama, Member, Science and Technology, Planning Commission of Pakistan and a large number of faculty members and researchers.</p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>05-11-2018 17:11:34<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />





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