Swinburne has signed an agreement with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan to jointly support Masters by Research and PhD scholarships for Pakistani students.
The signed agreement was presented to the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan by the Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Her Excellency Margaret Adamson on 14 May.
Successful applicants for Swinburne higher degrees by research will be awarded a HEC Scholarship, which provides a living allowance of A$19,000 per annum and a tuition scholarship for up to four years.
In addition, HEC will support the students with a return international airfare and Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) for up to four years. Over the five years of this agreement, it is envisaged that up to 50 postgraduate research students will receive scholarships of around A$3.8 million in total.
The agreement is supported by Austrade in Pakistan.
Higher Education Commission of Pakistan
The HEC of Pakistan is an independent, autonomous, and constitutionally established institution that funds, oversees, regulates, and accredits higher education efforts in Pakistan.
Its objective is to double participation in higher education in 10 years, increasing from seven per cent to 15 per cent between 2010 and 2020; in 2015, it was still at just nine per cent.
In order to achieve the 15 per cent objective, the HEC works with a number of countries and universities to welcome Pakistani scholarship recipients.
Each year the HEC awards a number of Masters by Research and PhD scholarships to high achieving Pakistani students.
The program aims to support Pakistan’s need for highly qualified engineers, technologists, and scientists in high-tech fields, as well as build capacity of their universities, research and development organisations, and industries.