Joint sponsorship agreement for Pakistani PhD students

August 15 / 165

Australian High Commissioner Margaret Adamson and Chairman of the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan, Dr Mukhtar Ahmad at the signing ceremony
Australian High Commissioner Margaret Adamson and Chairman of the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan, Dr Mukhtar Ahmad at the signing ceremony

 

A Document of Understanding between the Pakistan Higher Education Commission and the University will see a joint sponsorship of PhD students from Pakistan.

 

Under the five-year agreement the University will select up to 15 meritorious Pakistani applicants per year for admission into the PhD.  

 

Applicants must both achieve admission through the University’s competitive application process and meet the requirements of the Pakistan Higher Education Commission’s scholarship program.  

 

Under the arrangement the University will waive the PhD tuition fees and the Higher Education Commission will provide a living allowance at the level of the Australian Postgraduate Award, as well as health cover and airfares.

 

The signing of the document was witnessed by her Excellency Margaret Adamson, the Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan in Islamabad on 12 August.

 

Speaking at the ceremony, she acknowledged the history of cooperation between Pakistan and Australia in different fields and referred to Australia’s strong background in agriculture, water resources, livestock and food security. She said she looked forward to increased research collaboration with Pakistan in these areas in the future. The importance of individual-to-individual as well as institution-to-institution collaboration for research and development activities was also noted.

 

Story by Carmella Prideaux

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