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Higher Education Commission Signs deal with the University of New Mexico

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Islamabad, September 30, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan has signed MOU with the University of New Mexico (UNM), USA for scholarship program for higher studies of university teachers/scholars of Pakistan. Initially, the School of Engineering (SOE) at UNM will enroll Pakistani candidates for MS leading to PhD and PhD programs starting from 2013. However, the officials at UNM informed that they are working on expanding the agreement to major disciplines and soon the expanded MOU would be sent to HEC.

The University of New Mexico (UNM) is a leading public sector higher education institution located at Albuquerque New Mexico in the United States. Offering variety of programs, the University of New Mexico is ranked amongst the best universities of the world.

The HEC would provide scholarships to eligible Pakistani candidates for higher studies at the University of New Mexico. It is hoped that this mutual cooperation would lead towards fruitful results in the field of higher education.

The establishment of the HEC in the year 2002 has bought revolutionary, visible and positive 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. In Pakistan, under the HEC, in addition to quality reforms, there has been a strong resurgence of research and innovation. In particular, there is a significant growth in the number of PhDs.

Under various scholarship schemes, HEC has awarded more than 6000 foreign scholarships to Pakistani scholars, for undertaking higher education studies and research at best and renowned institutions of 37 academically advanced countries.

These foreign scholarships have been awarded in all the major disciplines including physical sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences, biological and medical sciences, social sciences, management sciences and engineering. After successful completion of studies these scholars started returning to Pakistan and applying the knowledge and expertise to address the various socio-economic problems being confronted by Pakistani society.

These scholars are also contributing in assisting “Universities building economies, leadership and communities”. The Commission is not only striving to provide opportunities to the aspiring scholars to pursue higher degrees, both at domestic and international levels, it has also devised a special program, “Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs” for facilitating the placement of these scholars at academic and research institutions.

This comes as a result of the approach of HEC to ensure proper utilization of the manpower being trained through investments in the scholarship programmes. HEC Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs Program is underlying two-pronged approach; primarily it provides the lucrative avenues of employment to the fresh PhD professionals and secondly it meets the faculty requirement of public and private sector universities / DAIs for ensuring quality teaching and research. Each IPFP awardee is also provided with a PKR 0.5 million start up research grant to initiate a feasible research project at his/her host university, immediately upon joining.

This on-going regular program is open to all fields. The placed scholars have found this programme quite useful and effective and termed the programme quite helpful in countering brain drain at the national level. Through this innovative program, more than 1000 Pakistani PhDs, belonging to diversified fields, have been successfully placed as Assistant Professors at leading universities across the country.

In addition, Pakistani researchers have been facilitated in creating linkages with their counterparts in every leading university of the world in the US, UK, China, Germany, France, Australia, Korea, etc.

For more information, contact:
Aayesha Ikram
Director (Media)
Higher Education Commission
Sector H-9, Islamabad
Tel: 90402404, 90402412
Email: aikram@hec.gov.pk
Website: www.hec.gov.pk

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