Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Tariq Banuri has invited the Vice Chancellors of Kyrgyz universities and academicians and educationists of Kyrgyzstan to explore avenues of collaboration and joint research between Pakistani and Kyrgyz higher education institutions.
This was revealed by Dr Tariq Banuri during his meeting with Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to Pakistan Erik Beishembiev who called on him at the Commission Secretariat.
Ambassador Beishembiev said Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan enjoy cordial relations, adding that educational links play a very important role in strengthening the bilateral relations. He said the youth of Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan have great potential and they can change the society. He maintained that a strong education system is imperative to a bright future.
Dr Banuri said the HEC wants to learn about the issues of Kyrgyzstan and work closely with Kyrgyz institutions. He said the higher education institutions of the two countries need to share their expertise with one another. He maintained that the two sides can collaborate in various academic fields including agriculture, micro-biology, bio-technology, medical and other areas. He said Pakistan has expertise in the agriculture sector and can offer trainings to Kyrgyz agriculture students.
It is pertinent to mention here that a delegation of the HEC, comprising HEC officers and Vice Chancellors of various Pakistani universities visited Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in October 2016 to explore further avenues of collaboration, assess facilities and strength of Kyrgyz educational system, and see where Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan can cooperate for enhancing quality of education, research and technology transfer.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 29th, 2018.