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Lifting the quality of education

The 2023 World University Rankings were published recently by the Times Higher Education (THE). Three Asian universities are ranked among the top 20. These are Tsinghua University (No 16), Peking…

Reviving higher education

When the Higher Education Commission was established and I was appointed as its founding chairman in 2002, there were no Pakistani universities in the top 500 of the world according…

A force for knowledge

The Knowledge Economy Task Force chaired by the prime minister had its first meeting in January 2019 when the roadmap presented by me in my capacity as vice chairman was…

Higher education ravaged

The HEC policies during the last three years led to a mushroom growth of 50 new universities, while simultaneously the programmes to develop highly qualified faculty were curtailed. Some 8,000…

A future of knowledge

Pakistan’s future lies in developing a strong knowledge economy based on excellence in education, science, technology and innovation/entrepreneurship so that we can migrate from the traps of a low value…

A visionary project

On September 17, a historic event occurred. The prime minster of Pakistan inaugurated a beautiful campus of Pakistan’s first foreign engineering university, the Pak-Austria Fachhochschule, in Haripur Hazara, about 40…

Highs And Lows Of Education

Highs and lows of education

There was a major transformation of the landscape of our universities under the Higher Education Commission, in the earlier years of its existence. Not a single university could achieve respectable…

The Knowledge Divide

The knowledge divide

According to independent economists, Pakistan is facing a serious economic situation. The country is on the verge of economic collapse owing to massive corruption and financial mismanagement. The 18th Amendment…

‘Engineering’ Pakistan

‘Engineering’ Pakistan

National security does not just come from having powerful weaponry. Countries such as Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Canada and others in the West have based their security primarily on their economic…

The HEC Revisited

The HEC revisited

On July 22, 2006, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arranged for a detailed presentation to be made to him, regarding the spectacular progress that Pakistan was making since 2002 –…