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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 in Pakistan.

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 education.

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 Schuessel.

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
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