ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) will take measures to develop academic relations with Morocco in order to promote higher education and collaborative research between higher education institutions of both countries.
This was stated by HEC Chairman Dr Tariq Banuri in a meeting with Ambassador of Morocco to Pakistan Mohamed Karmoune during his visit to the Commission Secretariat. He said that HEC will build linkages with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Morocco through the Embassy of Morocco in Islamabad. He stressed the need for initiating faculty and student exchange programmes between the Pakistani and Moroccan universities.
The ambassador underlined that Pakistan and Morocco enjoy friendly relations and there are a number of areas, including education, which can help further strengthen the bilateral relations. He observed that distance between the two countries is no longer a problem amidst the presence of technology.
Dr Banuri, who also has an additional charge of COMSTECH Coordinator General, emphasised on endeavours to embark upon programmes for the promotion of science and technology among OIC member countries.
He said that HEC has active interaction with ISESCO, Rabat which needs to be further mobilised to boost bilateral academic relations. He said that Pakistani and Moroccan universities need to be encouraged to collaborate in particular themes like water, food security, and energy.
“We look forward to having deepening bilateral relations for the promotion of higher education and collaborative research,” the chairman concluded.