British Council in Pakistan and Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) organized a three-day virtual conference from 15-17th Dec 2020 under their joint program Pak-UK Education Gateway to review the future of the higher education sector in the post-pandemic world.
Pak-Education Gateway aims to enhance partnership between the Higher Education sectors of Pakistan and the UK. The conference entitled “Pakistan-UK Education Gateway: Rethinking and Reshaping a Resilient Higher Education System” discussed key issues facing the sector in the ‘new’ normal, the role of leadership in building resilient HE systems, and lessons learnt from the pandemic.
The prime focus was on UK-PK linkages and impact of the partnerships work carried out by HEC and British Council.
The Honorable President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi, Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Asad Qaiser, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood, Chairman HEC Tariq Banuri, Executive Director HEC Dr. Shaista Sohail, British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner, Director Education British Council Nishat Riaz, Vice-Chancellors, Professors, researchers, and students from both the UK and Pakistan, & UK Apex bodies such as ACU, UUKI addressed and attended the conference.
Various talks and penal discussions by experts in the six sessions of the conference revolved around internationalization, building sustainable partnerships, what works and does not work in distance learning, key requirements, benefits and challenges of distance learning, access to higher education, the obstacles faced, the impacts of Covid-19, the need to rethink and reshape the HE sectors and mobility program student experience sharing.
Pakistan and UK partners shared best practices and responses to Covid-19 and deliberated ways to promote cooperation and partnerships between both the countries through virtual student exchange.
During his closing remarks, President Arif Alvi appreciated the efforts of the Federal Minister Shafqat Mahmood and the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training for untiring efforts towards hybrid education and distance learning programs. He also commended the tremendous work done by the British High Commission and the British Council Pakistan in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan in building opportunities for the advancement of higher education, research and development.