Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, and President of the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) Dr Hathal Homoud Alotaibi, at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday talked about improving education quality among students. They discussed a strategic plan for the University and need to develop a separate distance learning department. Such cooperation in educational arena will further strengthen Pak-Saudi ties.
Welcoming the Ambassador and the President of IIUI, President Dr Arif Alvi said both brotherly countries enjoyed excellent relations and there existed great potential between the two countries to further enhance economic and cultural relations.
Dr Hathal Homoud Alotaibi briefed the President about the new strategic plan of the University aiming to improve governance and quality of education. The need of introducing distance learning department is a significant development in the wake of Covid-19 lockdowns when education take a backseat.
Improving education quality with drug-free environment
The President also discussed the recently formulated policy by Higher Education Commission focusing on prevention of Drug and Tabacco abuse at universities. He said that the policy would help prevent drug abuse in universities and provide healthy and enabling environment to students.
He appreciated the policy to facilitate the students with disabilities that provides them waiver at academic institutions including tuition fee, hostel fee and utilities bills.
He expressed that hope that the initiative taken by the HEC would help encourage the students with disabilities to continue their higher studies as well as eradiate the menace of drug abuse.
Strengthening Pak-Saudi bilateral ties at all levels
President Dr Arif Alvi on Friday said Pakistan attaches utmost significance to its relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which are based on common faith and mutual respect.
He stated that both brotherly countries had longstanding and deep-rooted fraternal relations, which needed to be further strengthened for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
He emphasized the need for bilateral exchanges at high-level that would bring the two countries further closer.
He expressed the hope that the collaborative work on improving education quality would further boost bilateral cooperation. The President thanked Saudi Arabia for providing financial support to Pakistan that helped rescue the country from financial problems.