With more than two million young people entering the job market each year in Pakistan, development projects like the CPEC brings with it a unique opportunity for employment and economic growth. However, in order to ensure that 64 million youth of Pakistan are qualified and able to take full advantage of new and existing economic opportunities it is imperative to ensure that the working age population is well prepared to take on the upcoming challenges.
Over the years, Pakistan has vastly benefitted from the UK Education Sector through British Council initiatives. From knowledge exchange and leadership development programmes, to student and teacher training, scholarships and research collaborations the UK education sector has a proud legacy of assistance in improving the higher education sector in Pakistan.
Given past collaborations and its track record in higher education, partnership with the rapidly reforming UK higher education and research system can prove to be beneficial for all parties involved. The UK can play a significant role in building strategic partnerships through policy dialogues, facilitating sector level collaborations, and institution to institution partnerships. While Pakistan will contribute to the UK higher education sector by increasing the total number of PhD, masters and undergraduate students in UK institutions, increased research projects and services, and growth in developing an expanded talent pool.
HEC and British Council aim to reach out to over 1 million students through our programmes directly and indirectly. 150,000 teachers in 200 plus universities of both public and private sector across Pakistan will be engaged in next three to five years programme of Pak-UK Gateway.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion will be the cross cutting themes of the Pak-UK Gateway programmes, some of the collaborative areas will have especially designed interventions to address the EDI agenda. The aim of the Pak-UK Education Gateway is to improve the rigour and relevance of Higher Education sector in Pakistan.
Pak-UK Education Gateway has six main thematic areas: