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Thursday June 20, 2024

Summit to shape up future of higher education opens

By Our Correspondent
June 11, 2024
US Chargé dAffaires Andrew J. Schofer (fourth left) and HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed (centre) pose for a group photo along with others during the three-day International Summit on Higher Education on June 10, 2024. — Facebook/U.S. Embassy Pakistan
US Chargé d'Affaires Andrew J. Schofer (fourth left) and HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed (centre) pose for a group photo along with others during the three-day International Summit on Higher Education on June 10, 2024. — Facebook/U.S. Embassy Pakistan

Islamabad: The US Chargé d'Affaires Andrew J. Schofer inaugurated the three-day International Summit on Higher Education alongside the Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, and professors from the University of Utah.

The USAID-funded summit brings together over 180 Pakistani and American university leaders and faculty to collaborate, exchange knowledge, and build partnerships to improve the quality of higher education and student employability. The summit is part of USAID’s $19 million Higher Education System Strengthening Activity that supports 16 Pakistani public universities to improve higher education management, market-relevant instruction, and student support services. In his opening remarks, Chargé d'affaires Schofer emphasised the crucial role of higher education institutions in driving Pakistan’s economic development. “Higher education institutions have an essential role to play in Pakistan’s development. When universities deliver equitable education, provide youth with empl­oy­ment-ready skills, and lead in applied research and innovation, both individuals and society prosper,” he stated.

Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, chairman of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, appreciated this robust partnership between the University of Utah and Pakistani universities to exchange ideas and share innovations across borders.