Sweden Stresses To Enhance Cooperation In Higher Education With Pakistan
There was need to further strengthen bilateral relations between Sweden and Pakistan especially in higher education sector, Ambassador of Sweden in Pakistan Ingrid Johansson Tuesday said while visiting COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI)
The visit was part of efforts to promote exchange of faculty and students between Swedish universities and leading universities of Pakistan, by the Swedish Embassy and the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) in collaboration with CUI, a press release said.
While sharing data, STINT Program Director Dr Hans Pohl said in his presentation based on Scopus Database at CUI that Pakistan's publication volume was approximately one third of Sweden's but is growing more at a fast pace, adding that Co-publications originating among both countries had received high impact of 7.47 on average.
He informed that Pakistan along with Iran and Saudi Arabia were rapidly growing in their research and innovation landscape and that all three countries had maintained their positions through 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Dr Pohl offered CUI to get benefit from the STINT's program portfolio, which included start up initiation grants, grants for dual degree programs, teaching sabbaticals, funding streams for mobility for enhancing research cooperation as well as support for university's internationalization efforts and scholarships.
CUI Rector Prof Dr Raheel Qamar, informed the ambassador, that CUI has benefited immensely from the scholarships and faculty development opportunities offered by Swedish universities.
He said the CUI is improving educational services by deploying technology even in remote campuses through Hybrid Teaching.
The ambassador of Sweden said, "She was pleased to see a thriving start up culture at CUI that is similar to Sweden where the economy is increasingly relying on small and medium enterprise as well as the ingenuity of young graduates with their innovative ideas".