Published On: Mon, Dec 23rd, 2013
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Mauritius shows keen interest to collaborate with Pakistan in higher education: Dy PM

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ISLAMABAD: Dr. Ahmad Rashid BeeBeejaun, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius has expressed keen interest in collaborating with Pakistan in the higher education sector.

He shared his delight at Pakistan’s progress in the sector during his visit to the Higher Education Commission on Sunday.

He said that Pakistan’s transformation of the higher education sector is encouraging and he would like to promote student and faculty exchanges to benefit from the Pakistani experience which could lead to opening of Pakistan university campuses in Mauritius. He was accompanied by his High Commissioner to Pakistan, Mohammad Rashed Daureeawo.

In his briefing Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Executive Director Higher Education Commission highlighted the progress that higher education sector had made in the last 11 years since the inception of HEC. He informed the gathering that 1000 Pakistani scholars were attaining PhD degree every year and research was being enhanced by such qualified faculty in universities. “In 2012, 6316 research papers were published and the number is expected to exceed 9000 in 2013”, he added.

He shared with the Deputy PM, the IT infrastructure that was the backbone of research in universities and availability of sophisticated scientific equipment for faculty members in the universities. He said that beginning from equitable access to students in institutions of higher learning, quality and technological support were of paramount importance.

The Executive Director also elaborated the Commission’s future strategy for further strengthening of the education sector and shared with the gathering the Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme through which students of less developed areas would be able to study for MS/ PhD degree without any financial constraints. He also elaborated on the Government of Pakistan’s efforts to provide laptops to university students and HEC’s role in the utilization of global firms for the manufacturing of these laptops in Pakistan.

The Deputy Prime Minister appreciated the government’s role and vision enabling students in every manner to encourage higher studies. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad also informed the guest that HEC’s Need Based Scholarship programme enabled needy students to continue studies through provision of scholarships. Many foreign donors were separately funding such programme through HEC too.

He lauded the role of the private and public sector universities in Pakistan in promotion of education in the country.

Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed thanked the visitor for his interest and appreciation of the work accomplished by HEC. Rectors of leading public and private sector universities and Senior Adviser and DGs also attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Mauritius Dr. Ahmed Rashid BeeBeejaun also visited Faisal Mosque and called on Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh. Issues of mutual interest were discussed during the meeting.

Dr. Al-Draiweesh said that IIUI is committed to extend bilateral education ties with maximum countries of the world and cooperation in the field of education between IIUI and Mauritius would pave the way towards achieving the objective of providing quality education to the students of Muslim countries.

He also briefed Dr. Ahmed Rashid about the cultural diversity at IIUI and apprised him about the future vision of the university.

Dr. Ahmed Rashid assured that Mauritius would provide all possible cooperation to IIUI in the field of education and vowed that exchange of faculties between his country’s educational institutions and IIUI would be discussed with the educational experts in his country. A university crest was also presented to Deputy Prime Minister Mauritius by the President IIUI.