Dr Atta visits Austria to discuss
ISLAMABAD, Aug 11: A delegation of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) visited Austria on August
6-8, to hold further discussion for establishment of University of Engineering, Science and
Technology Pakistan (UESTP) in Lahore.
The delegation led by Advisor to
Prime Minister on Science and Technology and HEC Chairman Dr. Attaur Rehman
apprised the Austrian side of the steps taken by the Pakistan government to
achieve targets set in the field of education.
According to a fax message
received here on Friday, he made a particular mention of about 2,000 per cent
increase in the higher education budget, the doctorate and post-doctorate level
foreign scholarships programme and ongoing work for setting up nine universities
Talking about UESTP, he said the
university would be a replication of good modern universities and standards of
partner foreign universities would be adopted to ensure quality
He said the HEC has planned to
commence the Master's programme of the University in Autumn 2008 at an
alternative site till the completion of ongoing construction work.
Dr. Attaur Rehman said successful
students of the university would get degrees of the partner universities in Austria that would be
later on converted into a joint degree.
He also held separate meetings
with Austria's Minister for Science and Research Johannes Hahn, Minister for European and
International Affairs Ursula Plassnik and former Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang
The HEC Chairman will visit Austria again later
this year to further discuss details of the project as well as the bilateral
agreement to be signed between Pakistan and Austria for UESTP.
The foundation stone of the UESTP
was laid in November 2006 by President Pervez Musharraf. The then Austrian
Minister for Education Ms. Elizabeth Gehrer was also present at the ceremony. To
help assist in the establishment of UESTP, a consortium of Austrian universities
has been set up in which the Technical University of Vienna will play the
leading role. App
|Updated: 14 Oct, 2014|