Islamabad: A delegation of Japan’s National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies (GRIPS) visited Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad on Wednesday. The delegation, headed by Prof. Tetsushi Sonobe, is on a visit to Pakistan to promote its new five-year PhD Programme fully funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education. Target students are promising mid-career government officials.
The Programme, called G-cube, will equip its participants with a broad historical perspective, which will help them understand the nature of policy issues and predict their overall impact, strong analytical ability needed to develop insightful and effective policy issues and effective communication skills to convey ideas and opinions across languages, cultures, religions and nationalities.
The delegation shared with HEC the availability of PhD fully funded seats for mid-career government professionals. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Executive Director HEC also indicated possible collaboration between HEC and GRIPS for facilitating Pakistani scholars to earn doctorate degree in Public Policy.
Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed also apprised the delegation about various initiatives of HEC undertaken for human resource development and promotion of research, innovation as well as increasing access and ensuring quality. He said that HEC initiatives have brought about a paradigm shift in the higher education sector of Pakistan.
He shared with the visitors different HEC initiatives including National Research Programme for Universities (NRPU), Pakistan-US Science and Technology Cooperation Programme, Pakistan UK Collaboration, establishment of technology incubation centres and Offices of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORICs) at universities as well as mega IT projects like Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN), Digital Library and Video Conferencing facility.