Chairman APSUP Meets the Permanent Representative

Chairman APSUP, Prof. Dr. Chaudhry Abdul Rehman met the Ambassador Permanent Representative
of Pakistan at the United Nations in Geneva, Mr. Khalil Hashmi. The esteemed Chairman represented
the Association of Private Sector Universities of Pakistan (APSUP). The meeting led to a highly fruitful
discussion on potential collaborations for several actionable agenda items that align with APSUP’s
mission and overarching goals.

The following areas were exclusively discussed for prompt action:
International Student Scholarships: Establishment of scholarships designed exclusively for
international students enrolled in private universities within Pakistan were proposed. Our next steps
involve exploring funding mechanisms and setting specific selection criteria.

Faculty Exchange Programs: In a bid to foster academic collaborations and facilitate knowledge
sharing, we have outlined a proposal for faculty exchange programs. These programs aim to
promote cross-border expertise sharing among private universities in Pakistan and international
institutions.

Research Collaborations: Specific research areas that hold the potential to address global challenges
were explored. APSUP focused on identifying potential joint research projects and securing funding
opportunities to bring these ideas to fruition.

Global Promotion of Pakistani Education: To enhance the global recognition of Pakistani higher
education, we have formulated a strategy that encompasses active participation in international
education fairs, webinars, and targeted outreach efforts aimed at attracting prospective
international students.

Joint Online Education Initiatives: Our proposal involved the development of joint online education
programs that cater to both local and international students. These programs will priorities the
delivery of high-quality digital education.

Alignment with SDGs: APSUP is dedicated to aligning our member universities’ curriculum and
research efforts with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). APSUP will
concentrate on specific SDGs that can be effectively addressed through education and research.
Cultural and Language Exchange Programs: Plans for cultural exchange programs have been set in
motion. These programs will encompass language learning, cultural immersion, and the cultivation
of mutual understanding among Pakistani students and their international counterparts.

Advocacy for Educational Policies: Collaboration will extend to advocating for policies that bolster
the growth and internationalization of private higher education in Pakistan. APSUP efforts will
include advocating for streamlined visa processes for international students and faculty.

Joint Events and Conferences: We have discussed the organization of joint academic conferences,
seminars, and workshops that will serve as platforms for experts, researchers, and policymakers
from Pakistan and the international community to converge and collaborate.

Technology Transfer and Innovation: Avenues for sharing technology and innovation between
private universities and international partners. This includes considerations for technology licensing
and commercialization opportunities.

Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution: APSUP is actively exploring the possibilities for academic
collaborations to contribute in peacebuilding and conflict resolution efforts, particularly in regions
where these issues persist.

Youth Leadership Programs: We are excited to embark on the development of youth leadership
programs that will empower our students to actively engage in diplomacy, international relations,
and global issues. These programs will play a pivotal role in nurturing the next generation of global
leaders.

Furthermore, as part of our action plan, APSUP has identified the following specific priority actions:

  1. Fellowship Programs in WIPR (World Intellectual Property Rights): We will be working closely
    with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Academy to establish fellowship programs
    in the field of intellectual property rights. This will encompass the creation of a National IP strategy,
    training our ORIC (Office of Research, Innovation, and Commercialization) office on IPO issues, and
    undertaking joint projects with WIPO.
  2. Business School Liaison with UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development):
    To gain insights into the challenges and solutions facing developing economies, we are planning to
    establish liaisons between our business schools and UNCTAD. Additionally, we intend to participate
    in their Virtual School (summer school) for students.
  3. Participation in the International Law Commission for Research Interns:
    We are exploring opportunities for LLB and LLM program students to participate in the International
    Law Commission as research interns.

These actionable agenda items hold significant promise for collaboration and growth within our
sector. Our unwavering dedication to advancing the mission of the Association of Private Sector
Universities of Pakistan are immensely valuable. APSUP continues to establish meaningful
international partnerships and elevate the global standing of our universities.

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