The Minister of Education offers 80 fully-funded scholarships to Syrian students

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Education and Vocational Training Rana Tanfir Hussain has offered 80 fully funded scholarships (bachelor and postgraduate) to Syrian students under various programs especially in fields including medicine, dentistry, engineering, physical, natural and applied sciences, agriculture, education etc.

A press release issued today, Sunday, stated that the minister presented these grants during his visit to the Arab Republic of Syria at the invitation of Dr. Darem Taba, the Syrian Minister of Education.

Rana Tanfir Hussein’s visit was a follow-up visit of the Syrian Minister of Education to Pakistan last year.

During his visit, Rana Tanfir Hussein held meetings with Hussein Arnous, Prime Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic, Mr. Bassam Bashir Ibrahim, Minister of Higher Education, Mr. Namir Habib Makhlouf, Governor of Homs, and Mr. Mahmoud Zenobowa, Governor of Hama, Syria. .

The Syrian Prime Minister, while conveying his congratulations and best wishes to Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, noted that Pakistan is a brotherly country that has stood by Syria in its difficult times. Minister Rana Tanfir Hussain also conveyed the best wishes of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif to the Syrian Prime Minister and the Syrian people.

During the meeting, which was also attended by the Syrian Minister of Education and the Ambassador of Pakistan in Syria, the two sides agreed to enhance cooperation in the field of education, skills and scientific research. Besides his visit to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education, Federal Minister Rana Tanweer Hussain paid a visit to the Pakistan International School in Damascus, which is considered one of the best educational institutions in Syria.

He, accompanied by the Syrian Minister of Education and the Governor of Homs, also visited the National Center for Excellence (NCD) in Homs, where he was received by Dr. Hala Dakkak, Head of the Agency for Excellence and Creativity, Syria.

The Federal Minister appreciated the NCD housing model aimed at selecting and nurturing the best talent and assured that Pakistan will provide teachers in basic sciences to work in NCDs for one year in response to Dr. Hala’s request.

Federal Minister Rana Tanweer also visited the Hama Educational Platform (HEP) dedicated to dealing with distance learning processes, where he watched live lectures broadcast on the Syrian Education Channel.

After the higher education program, the delegation also visited the Industrial High School of Hama, which is a training institute in the TVET sector.

Minister Rana Tanfir Hussein, accompanied by his Syrian counterpart, attended the launching ceremony of the educational initiative “Read (Read)” at the Basic Education School in Qatana, Damascus.

During delegation-level talks in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education, Federal Minister Rana Tanfir Hussein offered 80 fully funded scholarships (bachelor and postgraduate studies) to the Syrian side under various programs especially in fields including medicine, dentistry, engineering, physical, natural and applied sciences agriculture, education, etc.

He also stated that 20 places out of 80 will be offered in the top-ranked Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) in Pakistan with preference for students from NCD, Homs.

He also noted that there are fully funded six-month research grants (local hospitality) at Qatar University available to Syrian students and faculty members.

With the understanding of the importance of the agriculture sector in both countries, the Federal Minister proposed the establishment of the Federation of Universities of Agriculture and Livestock between Pakistani and Syrian Universities which will encourage MSc and PhD students/scientists to conduct joint research related to common agriculture and livestock issues from both sides.

The consortium will nominate faculty members for exchange visits between Pakistan and Syria as well as to provide research facilities for joint research endeavors.

The federal minister stated that Pakistan would be represented by the universities of agriculture in Faisalabad, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Tandugam and Multan as well as the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Lahore.

The Pakistani side also introduced a capacity development program for Syrian school and university teachers in the National Academy of Higher Education in HEC in various units focusing on teacher development and leadership qualities for which the assessment of duration and need will be agreed upon by the two sides.

Allama Iqbal Open University and the National Curriculum Council of Pakistan will cooperate with the Syrian Directorate of Distance Education to share knowledge and propose the establishment of an AIOU campus in Syria.

The Federal Minister also stated that the Supreme Elections Committee will establish Pakistani cultural pillars in Syrian universities, mainly in Damascus, Aleppo, Latakia, Homs and Hama.

The Syrian side also welcomed the proposal of the Pakistani Minister of Education to establish a Visual Arts Center by the National College of Arts in Syria.

The two sides also agreed to send a group of 10 to 15 students at the school level to Islamabad and Damascus for a period of 10 days to learn about education and culture in both countries.

Federal Minister Rana Tanweer assured the Syrian side of sending teachers in basic sciences to teach in the NCD fortress of Hama for one year. It was also agreed to sign a separate memorandum of understanding in the field of technical and vocational education and training between NAVTTC in Pakistan and the Syrian side.

The Syrian side also conveyed its thanks to the Pakistani Minister of Education that the President of the Syrian Arab Republic has approved a special program for Pakistani students and faculty members to benefit from scholarships in various Syrian universities. The Syrians will also work to establish a cultural center in Islamabad.

Both sides commended the efforts of Air Field Marshal Saeed Muhammad Khan, former Ambassador of Pakistan to Syria, for his active role in promoting bilateral relations between the two countries.

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