Dr Mary Stiasny, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) made a brief but important visit to Pakistan at the end of November, as part of a senior UK Higher Education delegation organised by the British Council.
The visit took place in the context of the Pakistan-UK Education Gateway, an initiative led by the Pakistan Higher Education Council (HEC) and designed ‘to create a comprehensive, collaborative and strategic partnership between Pakistani and UK Higher Education sectors to promote mutually beneficial cutting-edge innovative research, teaching excellence, faculty development and transnational education initiatives’.
The Gateway’s overarching ambition is to improve the quality of research and delivery of Higher Education in Pakistan in areas of mutual interest.
Centre stage was the University of London’s long history of engagement with Pakistan, held up by the HEC as a model of excellence.
Dr Stiasny took part in discussions and round tables on the role of transnational education (TNE), key to the development of any education system looking to expand capacity while safeguarding quality and standards. Centre stage was the University of London’s long history of engagement with Pakistan, held up by the HEC as a model of excellence.
The HEC used the visit to launch its all-important new Foreign Collaboration Policy, and it is significant that among the three principal forms of provision referred to in the policy, the University of London’s model is cited first.
The visit therefore served to underscore the respect in which the University is held in Pakistan, where more than 4,000 students are now studying for our degrees – many of them with the support of a strong network of University of London Recognised Teaching Centres, which will now also benefit from the renewed clarity and endorsement from the HEC.