London/Farah Kazmi: The joint invitation extended by Prime Minister of the UK, President of Kenya and the Chair of Global Partnership for Education (GPE), Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture Shafqat Mahmood is on an official visit to London to attend the Global Education Summit, scheduled to be held from wednesday.
Led by Shafqat Mahmood, the Pakistan delegation comprises Education Minister Sindh Saeed Ghani, Education Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sharam Khan Tarakai, MNA Wajiha Akram, Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Education and other federal and provincial officials.
Prior to the Summit, the Federal Minister today held bilateral meetings with Alison Johns, CEO of Advance Higher Education, and Christine Ozden, Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE). Educational collaboration was discussed in detail.
Advance HE is a global not-for-profit charity, headquartered in the UK, using their expertise and sharing best practices in improving higher education across the world.
In the meeting with its CEO, the two sides exchanged views on global best practices in higher education. It was agreed that Advance Higher Education would work closely with National Academy of Higher Education Pakistan in course-design to ensure quality of teaching and learning, leadership development, and governance and administration in Pakistan’s higher education sector.
Pakistan’s first-ever international fellowship program was launched recently on 13 July 2021 with Advance HE, UK as a prime partner.
In his meeting with Christine Ozden of Cambridge, the Minister discussed the Cambridge International exam system.
In view of the ongoing pandemic, they held detailed discussion on future course of action regarding conduct of exams, and efforts to work together in ensuring a robust mechanism for gauging academic progress through online platforms.
Ozden also appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to smoothly conduct Cambridge exams in consultation with all national stakeholder.