Published On: Wed, Jan 8th, 2014
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Pakistan, Belgian agree collaboration at Varsities level

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ISLAMABAD: Prospects of cooperation between Pakistani and Belgian universities were discussed in a meeting between Peter Claes, Ambassador of Belgium in Pakistan and Engr. Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, Chairman, Higher Education Commission, held on Tuesday at HEC Secretariat, Islamabad.

The Chairman and the Ambassador agreed to encourage higher learning institutions in both the countries to conduct joint research after identifying areas of mutual interest.

The Chairman briefed the Ambassador about institution to institution collaborations already existing between Pakistan and foreign universities.

Peter Claes appreciated the performance of HEC over the last decade, for tapping human resource and encouraging relevant research. “I am impressed by the potential of Pakistani youth and HEC has wonderful initiatives for facilitating the young minds to improve their knowledge and skills, and contribute towards the development of their country.”

He elaborated how the higher learning institutions in Belgium provide tremendous opportunity to the faculty members, researchers and students to learn as well as collaborate in areas of mutual interest. “This will also help in building cooperation between the two countries,” he said.

Gilani informed the Ambassador that there are 76 public universities in Pakistan and majority of them already have international partnerships. “HEC has always encouraged and facilitated universities to explore avenues for development of faculty and students.”

Prof. Ansar Yasar from Transportation Research Institute, Hasselt University, Belgium, accompanied the Ambassador. Yasar played a key role for an agreement between HEC and the Hasselt University signed in 2013.

The agreement is designed to foster cooperation between the two institutions, and to enable groups of selected candidates from universities, colleges and R&D organisations in Pakistan to undertake their Masters and PhD studies in the field of Transportation Sciences, Statistics, Management and Computer Sciences with fully-funded scholarships from HEC.
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