France-Pakistan cooperation in higher education: Studying in France 2012: 15 Pakistani laureates selected for “Split-PhD” and Post-Doctorate programs
(Islamabad, January 31, 2012)
H.E. Mr. Philippe Thiebaud, Ambassador of France to Pakistan, hosted a reception at the French Embassy in Islamabad on January 31, 2012 to award HEC and French Scholarships to 15 Pakistani laureates for the fellowship programme, both for “Split-PhD” and Post-Doctorate in different fields. They will leave for France early next month to conduct their scientific studies which will last up to 9 months.
_ This batch of 2012 is really representative of Pakistan as these young scientists come from different parts of the country : Lahore, Islamabad, Nilore, Faisalabad, Karachi, Kohat, Quetta, Mardan and Multan and they work in quite different fields : Pharmacy, Business Administration, Virology and Immunology, Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Microbiology, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Plant Pathology, Information and Communication Technology, Food Science and Technology, History and International Relations, Telecommunications, Social Sciences and Statistics. They will join the best French research institutions and laboratories.
While congratulating the laureates, Ambassador Thiebaud expressed the pleasure of the French Embassy in Pakistan to co-finance this programme with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. 8 and 20 scientists were able to join the best French research laboratories in 2010 and 2011 and it was quite a great success to have several joint-publications and partnerships as a result.
The Higher Education Commission and the French Embassy in Pakistan aim to help the development of cooperation between French and Pakistani scientific organizations, engaged in R&D programs of all the scientific and technology fields as well in social sciences and humanities. In this framework, the Higher Education Commission and the French Embassy in Pakistan have launched a joint program for research mobility. This fellowship program is intended for highly qualified Pakistani doctoral and postdoctoral scientists and offers them an excellent opportunity to do research in France for six to nine months.