The British Council and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan have a joint aim to promote the role of universities as not just generators of theoretical research, but as important members of the community that can contribute to development. Knowledge Exchange acts as an essential third mission for universities apart from teaching and research.
The partnership between the British Council and HEC focuses on four areas of activities:
Knowledge Exchange National Strategy Development Support
As a result of the collaboration between the two institutions, the first ever Knowledge Exchange strategy has been developed for the Higher Education sector of Pakistan.
Developing strategic partnerships for knowledge exchange
The programme offers mobility grants to senior leaders in universities to work closely with UK partners and develop their strategies for knowledge. To date, 16 grants have been given to universities in Pakistan who worked with their counterparts in the UK.
ORIC staff training
Offices of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) are being set up in universities to facilitate research and transform knowledge into products and services. The British Council and HEC are working together to develop the facility for ORIC staff that supports individual higher education institutions to create their own organisational Knowledge Exchange strategic plans.
HEC Research Links
A network of UK and Pakistani partner institutions is created to generate successful and credible case studies of knowledge exchange. A total of 16 Exploratory Grants were given to universities in Pakistan to identify university and non-university partners in the UK in 2013/2014. A fresh call for Knowledge Economy Partnerships was launched in collaboration with HEC in UK and Pakistan this year.
Connect - Interact, Inspire, Innovate
The British council, in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan organised a three-day UK-Pakistan Partners’ Event: Achieving Impact and Investment in Collaborative Research 2017. The event saw an attendance of over 200 participants from the education sector including a number of Vice Chancellors from across Pakistan, key policy-makers, researchers and academics from the UK partner universities.
A Letter of Intent was signed between the Higher Education Commission and the British Council to launch Phase 2 of Knowledge Exchange Partnerships, which would result in a network of higher education institutions between UK and Pakistan for future projects around gender, split side PhD, STEM, education for emergencies and disability; promote international strategic transnational education partnerships between both countries; and help in the development of a workable framework for international collaborations between the UK and Pakistan.
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