In order to make it easier for Pakistani students and researchers to take advantage of many opportunities and programmes at the University of Oxford, HEC Chairman Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed has emphasised the importance of creating a “Pakistan Window” at Oxford and a “Oxford University Window” at HEC. When a group from the University of Oxford and the Oxford University Urged to Set Up Special Pakistan Programme (OPP) visited the HEC Secretariat, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed spoke to them. The team addressed strategies to solve the issue of Pakistan’s underrepresentation at Oxford University when they met with HEC Chairman Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed and top HEC officials.
Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed welcomed the participants and described the mission and goals of HEC. He promised the group that HEC will help make it easier for Pakistani students and intellectuals to study at Oxford University. He said that HEC will support institution-to-institution collaboration in the fields of academia and research. Only 22 Pakistani students have been given scholarships to pursue higher education in Oxford, thus he emphasised the necessity for collaborative efforts to increase the number of scholars from Pakistan there. He emphasised the successes of the Pakistan-UK Education Gateway and advocated the start of further practical steps, such as financing for scholar and student mobility.
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The OPP spokespeople highlighted the history and goals of the organisation, claiming that OPP is the first project of its type that aims to assist Pakistan-related activities at Oxford University and develop new possibilities for Pakistani students. As a bridge between the University of Oxford and Pakistan’s academic community through the exchange of scholars and the sharing of scholarship, OPP’s primary goals include raising the academic profile of Pakistan and Pakistan-related studies at the University of Oxford; expanding the representation of Pakistani and British Pakistani students at the University of Oxford University Urged to Set Up Special.
Dr. Nick Brown, Associate at Travers Smith LLP Mr. Haroon Zaman, Associate Director at Barclays Bank Ms. Fiona Blyth, Professor at Oxford Department of International Development Prof. Adeel Malik, and Dr. Talha Pirzada, Lecturer in Material Sciences at Oxford, made up the Oxford University delegation, while Dr. Talha Pirzada, Associate at Travers Smith LLP Mr. Haroon Zaman, and Ms. Additionally, Mr. Yasir Irfan, Director Development, Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training, joined the delegation.
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Dr. Shaista Sohail, executive director of HEC, Mr. Awais Ahmed, adviser for quality assurance and global engagement of HEC, Engr. Muhammad Raza Chohan, adviser for academics, accreditation, and National Academy of Higher Education, and Dr. Muhammad Mazhar Saeed, adviser for planning, development, and finance, were all present at the meeting.