Pak-US ex­pand­ing ed­u­ca­tion coopra­tion

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—Pak­istan and the United States are ex­pand­ing co­op­er­a­tion in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor and re­con­sti­tu­tion of work­ing group on ed­u­ca­tion un­der PakUS Strate­gic Di­a­logue has pro­vided an important mech­a­nism for an ex­ten­sive en­gage­ment in this field, Am­bas­sador Jalil Ab­bas Ji­lani said, says a mes­sage re­ceived here from Cal­i­for­nia.s

Speak­ing at a Ful­bright sem­i­nar at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, the Am­bas­sador said the two coun­tries in­tend to dou­ble joint fund for joint research grants un­der the U.S.Pak­istan Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Co­op­er­a­tion Agree­ment.

The Am­bas­sador said that Pres­i­dent Obama and Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif dur­ing the meet­ing in Oc­to­ber ex­pressed their mu­tual de­sire to ex­pand bi­lat­eral ties in ar­eas in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy and there have been sev­eral ini- tia­tives since to fa­cil­i­tate an al­ready ex­ten­sive US-Pak­istan co­op­er­a­tion.

“The re­in­sti­tu­tion of the Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence, and Tech­nol­ogy Work­ing Group, un­der the aegis of PakU.S. Strate­gic Di­a­logue in June 2015 has pro­vided an important mech­a­nism that would fa­cil­i­tate the al­ready ex­ten­sive U.S.Pak­istan co­op­er­a­tion,” he added.

Pak­istan and the United States in Fe­bru­ary this year signed an MOU in which Pak­istan will fund up to 125 ad­di­tional Pak­istani PhD schol­ars from Pak­istan to study in the United States through the Ful­bright pro­gram over five years.

“We in­tends to train 10,000 PhDs by 2025 at U.S. uni­ver­si­ties,” the am­bas­sador said, adding that 23 ex­ist­ing part­ner­ships be­tween U.S. and Pak­istani uni­ver­si­ties were mak­ing crit­i­cal con­tri­bu­tions to cul­tural and in­tel­lec­tual ex­change.—APP

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