Pak, Morocco to share expertise in higher education

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ISLAMABAD, Jun 2 (APP): Pakistan and Morocco on Thursday agreed to send one Rector/Vice Chancellor from both sides to visit universities of each country to get better idea about the higher education.

This was decided during a meeting held here between the Minister of State for Federal Education Engr Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman and Dr. Lahcen Daudi Minister for higher education Morocco and Mustapha Salahadine Ambassador of Morocco.

The minister welcomed the Dr. Lahcen and his delegation and said “we want to strengthen our already existing bond with our Moroccan brothers, more in future”.

Moreover it was decided in the meeting to activate 10 scholarships from Morocco as this scholarship programme has been inactive for quite sometimes.

Student exchange programmes and teacher exchange programmes were also discussed.

Dr. Lahcen told the minister that the medium of instruction is mostly Arabic and French in Moroccon schools and universities but due to the importance of English in this age, they are also planning to introduce English medium in their universities now.

However, he said, there are some American schools which are English medium. He said that science was Muslim’s past and it is going to be our future, adding, “we should work together as a Ummah for the betterment of education in general.

It was also discussed to get some help in sports education from Morocco as they are one of the best countries in terms of sports activities.

Pakistan High Commissioner to Maldives Syed Khawar Ali Shah on the occasion requested the minister of state to send Pakistani teachers to Maldives as there is a dire need of teachers there.

Khawar told the minister that “we have 2000 highly paid Indian teachers working in Maldives and would need more teachers from our own country to be there as well”.

Moreover, he said that “we are also translating Allama Iqbal’s poetry to include it in the syllabus”.

In the end, the minister thanked the delegation and gave token of appreciation to Dr. Lahcen and his delegation.

Meeting was attended by Saira Afzal Minister of State for Health, Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Arshad Khan Leghari, Federal Secretary Education Humanyon Khan, Additional Secretary Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik, and joint Education Advisor Rafiq Tahir.