Islamabad, October 09, 2012 (PPI-OT): A delegation of heads of leading universities of Bosnia and Herzegovina paid visit to the Higher Education Commission HEC here at Islamabad. The main objective of the visit was to explore the possibilities of academic cooperation in higher education sector between the two countries including faculty and scholars’ exchange.
The Executive Director HEC, Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi welcomed the delegation and apprised them about the working, functions and role of HEC for strengthening higher education sector in Pakistan. He informed that the establishment of the HEC in 2002 has brought revolutionary changes in higher education sector of Pakistan; The HEC has accomplished more in ten years since its establishment than was achieved in the first 55 years of Pakistan’s existence.
Research output has grown eight-folds since 2002 (from 815 in 2002 to 6,200 in 2011). 90% of these research publications from Pakistan are coming from HEIs. Output has more than doubled just in the last 3 years and is expected to double again in the next 3 years. Pakistan today is a regional leader in ICTs which other countries are following.
The digital library provides access to 75% of the World’s literature (23,000 e-journals and 45,000 e-books). All public sector universities of Pakistan have been equipped with video conferencing. He also informed that due to revolutionary reforms in the sector, Pakistani universities have been included among the top world and Asian universities and Pakistani higher education model is being followed by other countries. During last decade, international collaborations with leading higher education institutions of academically advanced countries have been established throughout the globe.
He also highlighted the development strategy of HEC and various steps undertaken to improve quality of teaching and research, equitable access to higher education, standardized degree program at par international standard, university industry and community linkages and human resource development in Pakistan.
The delegation appreciated the role of HEC in brining vibrant and effective changes in the higher education sector of Pakistan and showed keen interest for collaboration with HEC and Pakistani higher education institutions. They also acknowledged those international standards are being followed in higher education sector by Pakistan.
They also recognized the assistance of government and people of Pakistan during war time. The delegation was comprised of Mr. Denis Prcic, President, American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Dr. Ozer Cinar Rector International University of Sarajevo.
This ceremony was attended by the Vice Chancellors, registrars, deans and directors of leading public and private universities of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad who discussed various avenues of possible cooperation among the universities of both the countries.
The participants have consensus that student and faculty exchange, joint seminar/conferences would be greatly helpful in bringing the academicians and youth of both the countries closer to one another.
The President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Bakir Izetbegovic is on his two days official visit to Pakistan. He is accompanied by a delegation including heads of two Bosnian universities to strengthen bilateral relationship between the two brother countries in the sectors of higher education and science and technology.
The delegation is also visiting higher education institutions of Pakistan i.e. Quaid-i-Azam University and National University Science and Technology Islamabad, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Islamabad and Institute of Space Technology Islamabad. The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) will also confer an honorary degree of doctorate on President Izetbegovic.
For more information, contact:
Higher Education Commission
Sector H-9, Islamabad
Tel: 90402404, 90402412