20 French universities touring Pakistan to reinforce higher education cooperation
The Pak France Higher Education Week was held throughout Pakistan from 13 to 18 March 2017. 20 French universities visited different cities of Pakistan for five days, culminating in the celebration of a “French Day” at the Higher Education Commission, co organized by the Embassy of France in Pakistan and the HEC and attended by the Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Engineer Muhammad Balighur Rehman.
This event echoes a first “Pakistan Higher Education Day” held in France last year, as the relations are strengthening with the establishment of new offices of Campus France, the French Higher Education promotion agency, across Pakistan.
Among the universities visiting Pakistan were some of the most important French institutions, as the Conference des Grandes Ecoles, Agreenium, Centrale Nantes, ENSA Nantes, INSA Lyon, Paris 1 – Sorbonne, Sorbonne Abu Dhabi. This large presence of 20 institutions reflects the real interest of French scholars to build more bridges with Pakistan.
As stated by H.E. Martine Dorance, Ambassador of France, the two countries have forged a strong and long lasting agenda of cooperation in academic and scientific fields. Over the past years, hundreds of Pakistani students have obtained their PhD in the best higher education institutions.
This agenda is deemed to be reinforced after this French week in Pakistan, as new avenues for cooperation and concrete exchanges have been explored.