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French academic award for HEC executive director

ISLAMABAD, June 26(Daily Times): Higher Education Commission (HEC) Executive Director Dr Sohail Naqvi received on Monday a prestigious French academic award in recognition of the role he played in Pakistan-France academic cooperation.

The award was given to him at a ceremony held at the residence of French Ambassador to Pakistan Regis de Belenet. HEC Chairman Dr Attaur Rahman and some National Assembly members were also present on the occasion.

The event also marked a farewell to 160 Pakistani students who were to leave for France for higher studies, as the French Embassy and the HEC launched the 2007 edition of their postgraduate studies' programme. The students will join French universities in September 2007 at PhD level.

The ceremony was told that Pakistani students' growing attraction for France, especially over the last four years, had led 102 students to opt for a master's degree or a PhD in France in 2005 and 147 students in 2006.

Students for the 2007-programme have been selected through the HEC selection process on the basis of merit and interviews with French professors.

Speaking on the occasion, the French ambassador said the number of Pakistani students going to France had been increasing since 2002.

He said the increase was owing to Pakistan's growing interest in the French higher education system.

Belenet said the number of French companies in Pakistan was also increasing, and they were in search of fresh PhD degree holders in their respective fields. He said likewise, Pakistani companies were keen to do business with Europe and France and they would recruit young, brilliant and French speaking managers.
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