Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Australia Babar Amin has urged the Australian authorities to review the Country Education Profile (CEP) of Pakistan under the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) so that the Pakistani academic qualifications, skills and experience are graded appropriately, in keeping with the enhanced standards of its institutions.
He made the comments in a meeting with Rob Heferen, Deputy Secretary for Higher Education, Australian Department of Education and discussed recognition and equivalence of Pakistani academic qualifications and various issues related to Pakistani students.
They also discussed research collaboration and cooperation between Pakistani and Australian Universities and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, said a statement issued by Pakistan High Commission.
Highlighting the excellent cooperation between Pakistan and Australia in the field of education, the High Commissioner mentioned that over 13,000 Pakistanis were currently studying in Australia, while 108 out of these were funded by the HEC.
The High Commissioner also informed the Deputy Secretary about the joint collaborative research opportunities in Pakistan.
Deputy Secretary Rob Heferen asked his colleagues to look into the issue of reviewing Pakistan’s CEP, as considerable time had elapsed since the last review was undertaken.
He also expressed interest to enhance research collaboration and institutional linkup between Australian and Pakistani academic and educational institutions.