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The rising cost of higher education

In the mid-80s, a generation ago, the average American household spent about one-third of its income on housing expenses (rent or mortgage payments), about 20 per cent on food, 15…

Baltistan University wins ‘HEDR Microsoft-HEC Award, 2023.

University of Baltistan, Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan, has won the HEC Data Repository Division, “HEDR Microsoft-HEC Appreciation Certificate, 2023”. The university was also awarded the HEC Higher Education Statistics “Edustats Shield, 2023”,…

Internationalizing a university

I recently had the opportunity to visit Incheon in South Korea’s greater Seoul area. I spent time at the Incheon Global Campus, a global education hub hosting overseas campuses of…

What should VCs be worried about?

Today’s university vice-chancellors (VCs) are facing a number of challenges. The number one challenge by far that universities are grappling with, particularly after the presentation of the 2023-24 federal budget…

HEC, Holi and identity crises

Changing the world for future generations is one of the primary tasks of education, more so of higher education. A recent letter by the executive director (ED) of the Higher…

The AI debate in education

Large Language Models (LLMs), the guts of chatbots (with a lowercase ‘c’) like ChatGPT, are having their moment right now. The rise of chatbots has brought forth numerous debates on…

The future of our economy – Part I

The future of any economy is closely linked with its present and the past. Pakistan’s economic past has gone through different phases with impressive growth and poverty reduction in the…

Ten years in Pakistan

We as a nation portray the image of our country very poorly. Rather than creating a good image, we are often portraying an unflattering picture of Pakistan. We should strive…