International Outreach and Engagement

The association serves as a representative body for private sector universities in Pakistan at the international level. It actively participates in global forums, conferences, and collaborations to showcase the achievements, innovations, and contributions of private universities in Pakistan. By representing the interests and perspectives of member institutions on the international stage, the association strengthens global recognition, fosters international collaborations, and facilitates the exchange of best practices and experiences with universities worldwide. This representation at the international level helps raise the profile of private sector universities in Pakistan and promotes the country as a destination for quality higher education, research collaboration, and academic partnerships.

International Outreach and Engagement

The structure and dynamics of knowledge economy in the modern era have spurred the need for internationalization of higher education across the globe. Globalization as a force of market economy as well as that of cultural integration has led to transnational outlook of knowledge- based sectors. Changes in regional and international demographics has further fueled the demand and subsequent absorption of human resource in globalized markets.

In this context, we witness a surge in efforts of internationalization of higher education. Number of universities offering degrees with focus on internalization of multiple sectors has multiplied many times over the past few years. Percentage of international students at a local university and ratio of international faculty have become important instruments as indicators of different international rankings. The confluence of ranking and internationalization of higher education on one hand denotes the incremental significance of regional and international outlook of human resource requirement, and on the other hand calls for examining impact of globalization on local markets. The opportunities created by such confluence are endless for all the stakeholders of this equation, be it universities, technical institutes, industry, communities, students, parents or even public sector entities. Pakistan stands at the cusp of internationalization of higher education where despite the issues of governance of higher education, students and forward-looking universities have realized the significance of human resource needs at the regional and international levels. Association of the Private Sector Universities of Pakistan (APSUP) is one such platform that acknowledges and attaches great value to the internationalization of higher education. The year 2022-23 marks transformational progress in internationalization of higher education sector of Pakistan.

Pakistan Pavilion at Eurasian Higher Education Summit (EURIE)

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Eurasian Higher Education Summit (EURIE) is an annual largest international higher education event in Eurasia, provides a great networking and academic partnership opportunities for higher education institutions and other stakeholders in the international higher education sector coming from all around the world. This year it has provided an opportunity to the more than 2000 delegates from 2000 universities to learn from one another’s best practices and experiences.

EURIE is one of the leading platforms for international¬ization of higher education that recognizes the need for collaboration between higher education institutions at entity and group levels.Eurasian Higher Education Summit (EURIE) 2023 provided an opportunity to more than 2000 delegates from 2000 universities to learn from one another’s best practices and experiences. APSUP, being the sole represen­tative body of private sector institutions, took the opportunity to develop strategic partnerships from the EURIE platform by establishing Pakistan Pavilion.

The first ever delegation of Pakistani universities, headed  by the Chairman APSUP Prof. Dr. Ch. Abdul Rehman, participated in EURIE 2023 in Istanbul. The 32 member delegation comprised education leaders from 20 universities took part by setting up their stalls at the first ever Pakistani Pavilion at EURIE.

More than 100 MOUs were signed between the Pakistani universities and participating universities at EURIE.

Three group level collaborations were developed by APSUP with Brazil Universities Congress, EU Association, and EURAS Association that called for joint institutional efforts for improving the state of knowledge economy streams and development of 21st century ready human resource.

Academic programs being offered by Pakistani universities were presented by APSUP to the invitees of EURIE and opportunities for student & faculty exchange along with offering of joint academic program were explored.

Haldun Goktas. Deputy President Higher Education Council, Prof Dr Mustafa Aydin President Euras, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary Coordinator General COMSTECH, Chairman APSUP Prof. Dr. Ch. Abdul Rehman, Nauman Aslam Consul General Pakistan Istanbul along with Pakistani delegation held mutually beneficial discussions and jointly inaugurated Pakistani Pavilion. Prof. Dr. Ch. Abdul Rehman extended thanks to all 34 members of the Pakistani delegation for their cooperation and participation.

Prof. Dr. Sumaira, the Rector of Superior University, Lahore, Pakistan, made a significant impact during the Eurasian Higher Education Summit by delivering an insightful talk on Superior University’s notable contributions to higher education. With her expertise and visionary leadership, she highlighted the university’s innovative approach to student development and employability through the introduction of the 3U1M Experiential Learning Framework.

Educational leaders at EURIE lauded the efforts of APSUP for undertaking practical steps for internationalization of higher education through this important international forum.

During the visit to Turkiye, the Pakistani delegation also expressed solidarity with earthquake affected people. The delegation also visited leading Turkish universities and collaborative agreements were signed with leading international universities.

Global Collaborations

APSUP’s participation in the Eurasian Higher Education Summit offered an outstanding platform for Higher Education Institutions to cultivate international collaborations. This summit served as a gathering point for esteemed academic institutions from Eurasia and beyond, enabling meaningful dialogue, sharing of best practices, and the exploration of partnership prospects. With a steadfast dedication to global engagement, APSUP assumed a prominent role in representing Pakistan’s higher education sector. Through active involvement in discussions, networking sessions, and panel talks, APSUP’s representatives showcased their commitment to fostering collaborations that propel academic brilliance and foster cross-cultural understanding.

Exchange Programs

The participation of APSUP in the Eurasian Higher Education Summit resulted in the successful establishment of exchange programs between Pakistani and international institutions. These programs present an exceptional opportunity for students and faculty members to expand their perspectives, immerse themselves in diverse academic settings, and enhance their intercultural competencies. By engaging in these exchange programs, participants contribute to fostering international understanding, nurturing academic development, and cultivating global perspectives.

 

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Research Collaborations

At the Eurasian Higher Education Summit, the inaugural Pakistani pavilion emerged as a central hub for collaborative research endeavors between Pakistani and international universities. Researchers from various institutions gathered to engage in fruitful discussions, share their research interests, and delve into opportunities for joint research projects. The partnerships forged during the summit hold great potential to enhance the quality and impact of research conducted by APSUP and its affiliated institutions. Through the facilitation of knowledge exchange and cross-cultural understanding, these research collaborations will make significant contributions to advancing academic excellence and generating innovative solutions to global challenges.
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Humanitarian Support

During the Eurasian Higher Education Summit, APSUP exhibited global solidarity and humanitarian support. Superior University, a member of APSUP, generously donated 400,000 Turkish lira for earthquake relief in Turkey. The donation was handed over to Elif Aydin, Vice Chairman of the Board of the Anatolian Education and Cultural Foundation Türkiye, by Prof. Dr. Abdul Rehman and Prof. Dr. Sumaira Rehman. The University of Lahore, The University of Faisalabad and The University of Sialkot also contributed to the rehabilitation efforts. This act emphasized the strong Pakistan-Turkey friendship and APSUP’s commitment beyond academics.

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