ISLAMABAD - Australian High Commissioner Yesterday assured that her country would explore the possibilities of working with Pakistan in higher education sector.

Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Adamson expressed these views in a meeting with Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal here.

In meeting, the federal planning minister said that Australia can help Pakistan in higher education through training of Pakistani students in Ph.d programmes in Australian university. The federal government is focusing greatly on higher education sector and has been endeavouring to revolutionise it to build up knowledge economy, Ahsan Iqbal said.

They discussed the avenues of cooperation between the two countries in various sectors especially in higher education field. Ahsan Iqbal apprised her about various initiatives of present government to bring abut a visible change in different spheres of life and said that remarkable improvement has been achieved in economy and law & order fronts due to vibrant policies of the government.

Ahsan Iqbal said that work has been going on fast track to improve accessibility of higher education by setting up university campuses at district level. We also gave a new dimension to Pak-USA Strategic Dialogue by making US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor part of it to train 10,000 Ph.d scholars from Pakistan in USA universities.

“I aspire to have similar arrangements with Australia to train Pakistan students in Ph.d programmes in Australian universities, Ahsan Iqbal sated. He apprised Australian High Commissioner that government is contemplating to setup Skill University in the country and Australia can be a potential partner through sharing of its expertise with us in skill development education. 

Australian High Commissioner assured the minister that her country would explore the possibilities of working with Pakistan in higher education sector. She also appreciated the efforts of government to bring improvement in social and economic sector through its Vision-2025 roadmap.