Ahsan Iqbal Calls on MIT Academics to Help Establish World-Class University in Pakistan

Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Ahsan Iqbal, is currently visiting the US, where he met with leading figures from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The possibility of increasing collaboration and setting up a state-of-the-art university in Pakistan were discussed during the meetings, stated an official public statement from the ministry.

Ahsan Iqbal met with MIT Associate Department Head of Physics, Nergis Mavalvala, the Karachi-born quantum astrophysicist member of the team of researchers who discovered gravitational ripples in space and time hypothesized by the great Albert Einstein. The minister congratulated her team’s success and discussed opportunities for collaboration between Pakistan and the MIT in the fields of science and technology.

The Pakistani minister also met with Manager Director of the Martin Trust Centre for MIT Entrepreneurship at the university in Boston, Bill Aulet. The centre organises and manages all entrepreneurship services across the five schools of the university, including education and other extensive activities like student clubs, competitions, conferences, hackathons, networking events, trips and accelerator programmes.

Mr. Aulet presented his book to the Pakistani Minister and they discussed ideas on promoting entrepreneurship in Pakistani universities, so that upcoming professionals can create jobs for others.

The Minister for Planning also met with MIT Boston’s Associate Provost, Professor Richard Lester and told him, “We are launching a campaign on Productivity, Quality and Innovation for making Pakistan a competitive economy.”

In a meeting hosted by Professor of Public Policy at Kennedy School Dr Asim Khawaja, who is one of the prominent Pakistani-American academics in top US universities, Ahsan Iqbal informed the Pakistani students at the Kennedy School, Harvard University about the positive changes happening in their country thanks to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. He said that, “We need to have confidence in ourselves and keep a sustained effort,” adding that anyone working on Pakistan related projects will be offered complete assistance.

He is the Editor at ProPakistani.

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  • asadkhattak

    He is just making HALAL his US tour, otherwise they have no interest and funds for Education and Human Development.

  • ali

    US expertise in education sector can greatly impact educational sector of Pakistan.

  • Bilal Iqbal

    Eager to see such university in Pakistan.. our universities still lacking many of the modern courses and research fields…

  • Ahmed

    Well Nergis Mavalvala is not a Karachi Born, she was born in Lahore.

  • Muhammad Zaman

    Unless these leaders educate their children in Pakistan, education cannot develop at world class level. Mr. Ahsan announced to educate 10,000 PhDs from abroad indicates his mindset. If they had allowed to establish 17 foreign universities which were being established during Musharraf’s period, we would have got 20,000 PhDs at 10 % cost by now. Mr. Nawaz Sharif needs to visit UK for at least 2 days every month to look after his assets and Mr Ahsan Iqbal to USA to see his son and may be his assets. They are no more sincere in Pakistan’s development. Look at the type of people he is visiting.No agreements for franchise? No agreement to establish universities of Harvard, John Hopkins, Oxford or MIT in Pakistan. They are there for enjoyment.

  • game

    No points for guessing that such a university, if ever established, will be in Lahore.

  • Muhammed Ovais Alam

    Please name the university on a national here NOT on your political ABBU’s name.

  • Sunny

    What a drama queen,
    they have almost dissolved the HEC,
    reduced the fundings for higher studies to a bare minimum,
    stopped scholarships for abroad.
    and diverted all that money towards Metros
    that indirectly end up in their own pockets
    and here they are trying to make fool of everyone at MIT by such statements.