(27th of May 2013)
Following the signature last July of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the French Embassy in Pakistan, six Pakistani students, recipients of the “Needs Based Scholarships Program” financed by the French Government, met on 27th of May 2013 in Paris the Spokesperson of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Philippe Lalliot.
This Program, initiated in 2012, provides an opportunity to the talented but financially disadvantaged students to pursue their higher studies at top ranked universities of Pakistan.
Currently, 90 students are fully supported in their enrolment for undergraduate and graduate studies in 6 Pakistani Universities: Quaid-E-Azam University, Islamabad; COMSATS Institute of Technology, Islamabad; Government College University, Lahore; Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar; Institute of Business and Management, Karachi; and Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University, Quetta.
In the frame work of this Program, the Embassy of France in Islamabad invited six short listed students, based on their academic merits, from its partner universities and two program coordinators from HEC, for a week study visit to France from 24th to 29th May 2013. This visit, considered as a reward and a source of encouragement for their studies, will also be an opportunity to visit several French universities and meet some of the current Pakistani students studying in France.
This successful cooperation with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan will be renewed and even extended in September 2013.