ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will help Afghanistan rebuild its educational sector by placing more than 100 Afghan teachers and professors annually in local postgraduate programmes.
These faculty members, according to a press release, will be able to engage in joint research with their Pakistani colleagues and will have access to local laboratories.
Their tuition fees will also be waived off as part of several agreements signed between local universities and a 13-member Afghan delegation comprising chancellors, vice-chancellors and deans of Kabul University, Nangarhar University, Shaikh Zayed University and
The delegation visited Higher Education Commission and eight leading universities in Islamabad, Peshawar and Lahore. Their aim was to increase the level of academic collaboration between the universities of the two countries. Their 10-day visit, organised by the German foundation Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, concluded on Thursday.
Professor Hamidullah Amin, Chancellor of Kabul University, said that the education sector in Afghanistan was severely affected by 30 years of war. He emphasised the need for collaboration in the light of historic ties between the two countries spanning culture, language, geography and religion.
Support for education would be essential for the stability and prosperity of Afghanistan and a key factor in sustaining brotherly ties with its most important neighbour, he said.
Professor Amin said he was satisfied with their achievements in Pakistan. “The visit was a landmark in the academic relations between our two countries,” he said.
The delegation signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) with University of Peshawar, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Agricultural University, the University of Engineering and Technology (Peshawar), Quaid-i-Azam University and National University of Science and Technology. The delegation will sign an MoU with Comsats Institute of Information Technology in Islamabad before it leaves.
Lahore University of Management Sciences and the University of Engineering and Technology (Lahore) also offered co-operation and support to the delegation, said the press release.
Dr. Mohammad Saber, Chancellor of Nangarhar University, said, “We are looking forward to long-lasting academic linkages. I thank the Higher Education Commission, the respective universities and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung for their help to make this success possible.”
Published in The Express Tribune, January 28th, 2011.
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