International Symposium on Issues of Higher Education in Pakistan (Symposium NYC)

Venue: United Nations

Location: New York City, New York, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 19, 2005
Abstract Submission Date: Nov 15, 2005
Paper Submission Date: Nov 20, 2005
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October 18, 2005

We are very pleased to invite you and other representatives of your organization to participate in the International Symposium on Issues of Higher Education in Pakistan which will be held in New York City on December 5-6 2005, at the United Nations (see below summary and registration form).

Kindly note that on the second day of the Symposium we will have an half a day Executive Session of the educationists, policy makers and nonprofit organizations/foundations at the Pakistan Consulate General in New York. At this Executive Session, we will discuss various models and modalities through which the higher education in Pakistan can be improved.

Kindly have your representative get in touch with us for registration and additional information. We sincerely hope that your organization will be able to participate in this international effort to help Pakistan improve its higher education.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.


Khalid Iqbal, Ph.D.


PEP Foundation Inc.

166 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor

New York, N.Y., 10010

Tel: (212) 255-5399

Fax: (212) 633-2220



Invitation to attend

International Symposium on Issues of Higher Education in Pakistan

December 5-6, 2005

New York, NY, USA

Organizers: Promotion of Education in Pakistan (PEP) Foundation, Inc.

New York, NY, and

Consulate General of Pakistan, New York, NY

Venue: United Nations, New York, NY

Higher education in Pakistan is in crisis. At present, in Pakistan, less than 3% of the age group 17 to 24 attend college/university whereas the corresponding number in the United States and other developed countries is 50-75 %. A major cause of this low college/university enrollment is the very low income of a large majority of Pakistani families, who, therefore, simply cannot afford higher education for their sons and daughters. The objective of this two day symposium is to provide a platform where US and Pakistani educators, policy-makers, and non-profit organizations can put their expertise and experiences together to come up with strategies and models to improve the quality and accessibility of higher education in Pakistan.

The Symposium will bring together US experts in Higher Education and their counterparts from Pakistan not only for an exchange of ideas, but to envision concrete steps that can be taken to improve the higher education system. The proposed Symposium, the first of its kind, will discuss efficient public and private partnerships, ways and methods to enhance the capacities of existing public universities as well as building new not-for-profit institutions of higher education in Pakistan.

Accessible and improved higher education means more education, skilled workers, professionals, and leadership development for more students, and it will provide economic prosperity and a safer and more progressive path for overcoming the challenges of the rapidly changing technological and political world. A better higher education system in Pakistan is, among other things, a powerful tool to alleviate poverty and improve understanding, enhance mutual respect, and encourage tolerance and the peaceful resolution of cultural, social, ethnic, religious, and political conflicts.

The specific aims of the symposium are:

* To identify various strategies and models to improve the higher education system in Pakistan.

* To develop various approaches for making higher education accessible to students, especially women, from economically disadvantaged families.

* To evaluate the opportunities for public/private partnerships in implementing programs for improving higher education

The Symposium format will accommodate four sessions on the first day, and a closed-door Executive Session of government policy makers, non-profit organizations and corporations the next day. The manuscripts of presentations together with the recommendations of the Executive Session will be edited and published in a single booklet within three months after the Symposium.

Invited Speakers and Moderators
(in alphabetical order)

Munir Akram, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, New York (USA)

Nasim Ashraf, Minister of State and Chairman, National Commission on Human Development, Islamabad (Pakistan)

Shaheryar Azhar, Vice President, Client Risk Manager for Sales and Trading, Citibank, New York (USA)

Shahid Javed Burki, Former Finance Minster of Pakistan and Former Vice-President World Bank; Chief Executive Officer, American Emerging Market Partnership (EMP) Financial Advisors, Washington, D.C. (USA)

Syed Zahoor Hassan, Vice Chancellor, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore (Pakistan)

D. Bruce Johnstone, University Professor of Higher and Comparative Education, and Coordinator of the Comparative Education Program, Graduate School of Education, the State University of New York, New York (USA)

S.U. Khan, Executive Director, Infaq Foundation, Karachi (Pakistan)

Mumtaz Hassan*, Principal, King Edward Medical College, Lahore (Pakistan)

Jamie P. Merisotis, President of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, D.C. (USA)

Nadira Panjwani, Philanthropist and Member Higher Education Commission, Karachi (Pakistan)

Atta-Ur–Rahman*, Chairman, (Federal Minister) National Higher Education Commission, Islamabad, (Pakistan)

Diane Ravitch, Professor, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, New York (USA)

Christina Rocca*, US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Washington D.C. (USA)

Pirzada Qasim Siddiqui*, Vice Chancellor, University of Karachi, Karachi (Pakistan)

Camer Vellani, Former Rector, Distinguished University Professor, Agha Khan Foundation, Karachi (Pakistan)

Representatives of various corporations and foundations.

(* denotes participants who are not yet confirmed)

For registration by mail see attached form, or register online at

Contact for further information:

Rudina Xhaferri

Executive Director

PEP Foundation Inc.

166 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor

New York, N.Y., 10010

Telephone: (212) 255- 5399

Fax: (212) 633-2220


Symposium Registration Form

International Symposium on Issues of Higher Education in Pakistan
December 5-6, 2005, New York City
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Registration Fee: $40 Student Registration Fee $20 (Student ID required)

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Please fax, mail or e-mail this registration to:

Rudina Xhaferri

Executive Director

PEP Foundation Inc.

166 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor

New York, N.Y., 10010


Telephone: (212) 255- 5399

Fax: (212) 633-2220