Wednesday, 15 February 2017

France Pakistan educational collaboration

Pakistan and France have agreed to enhance their current educational collaboration level in higher education and research. This decision has been taken, during the visit of chairman of higher education commission of Pakistan to the senate of France. The delegation led by Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, was received by Senator Fran‡oise Cartron, who is also the Mayor of Artigues-prŠs-Bordeaux.  She was accompanied by senator Pascal Allizard.

Senator Cartron and Allizard was the member of delegation of French senators that visited Pakistan in April this year. The objective of the visit was to discuss all the aspects related to cooperation in higher education. During April visit, it was decided that both countries will cooperate and the foundation of cooperation will further expanded.

Senator Cartron welcomed the HEC team and gave them briefing about the history of French senate which is housed in former palace. The HEC team also took the introductory tour of the palace. During the occasion, the chairman HEC praised the architecture of palace and he also said that we can learn a lot from French heritage.

Senator Cartron, on the occasion briefed the team about importance of education and culture in the nourishment of societies. Senator also highlighted that how collaboration between countries can benefit the nations at large. Dr. Mukhtar praised the gesture and efforts by the French government for showing its interest in increasing the areas of collaboration and especially these steps to further strengthening the cooperation in higher education.

Chairman said that Pakistani institutions have the chance to learn from the French institution and also lauded the programms started by French government in increasing the capacity building of faculty in Pakistani institutions.

However, he raised the point that this cooperation should be strengthening at institutional level.
Chairman also said to the senator that 400 scholars from Pakistan have completed their PhDs from France and many others are doing so from different French institutions. He also briefed them about different projects of HEC for the transformation of universities including faculty development, student’s capacity building and research in various fields.

France is one the finest research and development oriented country in whole Europe and many institution of France have worldwide repute. Some management institutions of France have been placed in top ranking.

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The cooperation level should be enhanced at various levels and our government has to start bilateral discussion. We can get the training for police, French academicians can be invited from the faculty training programs and joint research projects can boost the production level in our defense industry. Our country in future has based its energy plans on nuclear energy and France is the largest producer of nuclear energy so we should take the advantage of French expertise.

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