A conference held at Higher Education Commission (HEC) Islamabad for the universities, which are mutually working with the United States Universities. Almost 16 Pakistani universities have been linked to 16 US universities aiming to discuss how these partner universities from both the countries may benefit from different schemes of HEC, for further strengthening their collaboration and making it sustainable effort. Mr. Peter M. Brennan, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, US Embassy, Dr. Tariq Mahmood, Adviser (R&D) HEC and Mr. Farmanullah Anjum, Director General (HRM), HEC attended the conference.
Pakistan-United States University Partnerships Programme is aimed to establish long-term, ongoing relationships between Pakistani academic institutions of higher learning with those in the United States. Under this programme, a grant of $1 million is provided by the US government to American universities to establish a three-year partnership with a Pakistani university in Social Sciences and Humanities in order to assist universities with professional development of faculty, curriculum reform, joint research, and increase mutual understanding between Pakistan and the United States through sustainable, peer-to-peer relationships.
Speaking at the conference, Mr. Brennan appreciated HEC for its effort to promote Pakistan-United States University Partnerships and for visioning to take this programme beyond 2015. He also stressed on the need to widen the scope of these partnerships.
Earlier, Dr. Tariq Mahmood welcomed the guests and the participants. He thanked the US Government, especially US Embassy, for taking initiatives for the development of Pakistan’s higher education sector.