Rising Fees & Falling Standards, LUMS Fee Hike

LUMS landed in hot waters once again earlier this month for an alleged 41% fee hike during a time of utter distress in the country and worldwide, as the global population finds itself battling an unforeseen foe in the form of the novel coronavirus pandemic.


Web Of Science To Help Pakistani Universities Improve Rankings


Web of Science have agreed to provide private sector Pakistani universities their specific Bibliometric Analysis Reports and work for University Data Disambiguation in order to help them find the true potential and claim their true international ranking.


Tsinghua Outclasses NUS In THE’s Asia University Rankings 2019

China’s Tsinghua University attains the number one spot in the Times Higher Education (THE)’s Asia University Rankings 2019, becoming the first Chinese university to secure top spot in the rankings, released on Thursday.


3,000 Afghan Students to Get Scholarships for Higher Studies in Pakistan

Continuing its tradition of lending a helping hand to Afghan brethren, higher education authorities in Pakistan have announced the award of educational scholarships for 3,000 Afghan students. The scholarships will allow Afghan students to receive fully-funded higher education in top universities across Pakistan.

A ceremony to mark the award was held on Thursday in Lahore with Punjab Governor Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana in the chair. Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed and Afghan Ambassador Omer Zakhilwal were also present.

The first batch of 3,000 students enrolled under the programme have already completed their degrees and returned to Afghanistan.

The scholarship awards have been made available under Allama Muhammad Iqbal Scholarship Programme. The programme was launched in 2009 and awards the scholarship over a five-year period. The first batch of 3,000 students enrolled under the programme have already completed their degrees and returned to Afghanistan. The scholarship has now been extended to include MPhil and PhD programmes as well. The awardees will be able to pursue higher education in various fields, including medicine, engineering, agriculture, management and computer science.

Addressing the ceremony HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahnmed said the commission believed in person-to-person and institution-to-institution relations. He said it was this belief due to which HEC had invited Afghan academicians to come live and work in Pakistan. “HEC will provide support in quality assurance and human resource development of the Afghan education system.” He said it was time to channel energies on constructive things instead of wasting time on destruction

Describing the selection of candidates, Dr Mukhtar said HEC had worked diligently with Afghan Ministry of Education to conduct tests in Afghanistan. “The merit list for MPhil and PhD programmes is also being processed,” he added.

Punjab Governor Rajwana said Pakistan always took pride in hosting Afghan students. “These students will become Pakistan’s ambassadors in Afghanistan once they return to their motherland,” he added.

Afghan Ambassador Omer Zakhilwal congratulated HEC for the scholarships, saying the two countries were “celebrating an important dimension of student exchange. It is the desire and wish of our people to keep good relations with Pakistanis”.


Pakistani Universities Few and Far Between in THE World University Rankings

Times Higher Education (THE) has released its prestigious World University Rankings 2018, with Oxford University claiming the top spot with an overall score of 94.3. THE’s university rankings are much respected across the global education industry and a common reference point for academicians, parents and students alike.