Karachi: Leading Australian University, University of New South Wales (UNSW) signed an agreement with Pakistan’s National University of Science & Technology (NUST) to promote academic and educational cooperation between the two universities.
UNSW’s Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) Professor Mark Hoffman and NUST’s Pro Rector (Academics) Dr. Asif Raza signed the agreement. The Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Peter Heyward, said that he was pleased to see cooperation between NUST and UNSW expand from the exchange of students to collaborative research.
“As our student linkages grow, so too will our collaborative research relationship. Already Pakistani students are making strong contributions to Australian institutions through study abroad. I am delighted to see this extend to research cooperation,” he added.
“This agreement will serve to strengthen the impressive links between the leading science and technology universities in Pakistan and Australia,” Professor Hoffman said.
Currently around 10,000 Pakistani students are studying in Australia, and Australia issues around 6,000 visas to new students each year. The new agreement comes only six months after UNSW became the first Australian University to sign an agreement with Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission (HEC) to provide tuition fee scholarships for up to 15 Pakistani PhD students per year.
Under the agreement, the two institutions will collaborate on research activities focusing initially on engineering with both parties actively encouraging staff to participate in grant calls for joint research funding. UNSW and NUST faculty members will also be encouraged to take part in a reciprocal academic exchange program aimed at furthering collaboration between the two universities.
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