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April 3, 2019

Swedish envoy visits CUI


April 3, 2019

Islamabad : Sweden and Pakistan have enjoyed cordial bilateral relations, which need further strengthening in the areas of higher education, said Ingrid Johansson, Ambassador of Sweden in Pakistan, while visiting COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI).

The visit was part of efforts to promote exchange of faculty and students between Swedish universities and leading universities of Pakistan, by the Swedish Embassy and the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) in collaboration with CUI. While sharing data, Dr. Hans Pohl, Program Director STINT, informed colleagues at CUI that based on Scopus Database, Pakistan’s publication volume is approximately one third of Sweden’s but is growing more at a fast pace. Co-publications originating in Pakistan and Sweden receive high impact of 7.47 on average. He informed that Pakistan along with Iran and Saudi Arabia were rapidly growing in their research and innovation landscape and that all three countries had maintained their positions through 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Dr. Pohl offered CUI to benefit from the STINT’s program portfolio, which included startup initiation grants, grants for dual degree programs, teaching sabbaticals, funding streams for mobility for enhancing research cooperation, as well as support for university’s internationalization efforts and scholarships. Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar, Rector CUI informed the ambassador, that CUI has benefitted immensely from the Scholarships and faculty development opportunities offered by Swedish universities. He informed the ambassador that CUI was ranked number 1 in Pakistan as per the TIMES Higher Education (THE) world universities rankings 2019 and Shanghai Academic World Ranking of Universities 2019.

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