ISLAMABAD – Federal Minister for Science and Technology Syed Shibli Faraz inaugurated on Thursday a world-class specialised training programme entitled, “Leadership, Strategy and Project Management Certification Programme” for senior employees (BPS/PPS 19-21) of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan.
The National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE) is conducting the certification programme in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), A. F. Ferguson&Co., and Oxon Global Management Consultants. Executive Director HEC, Dr. Shaista Sohail, Rector NAHE, Dr. Shaheen Sardar Ali, CEO Oxon Global, Gerard Newman and a large number of HEC employees attended the ceremony.
In his remarks, the Minister said that “learning is a lifelong process and the journey of acquiring knowledge ends only with the end of one’s life.” Addressing HEC employees, he said, “Investing in you is an investment in HEC that supports hundreds of thousands of Pakistani students who are the future of Pakistan.” He expressed the hope that training will not only benefit HEC officials, but it will also reflect in the overall HEC operations for the higher education sector.
Dr. Shaista Sohail said that efforts to improve capability and capacity were an important tool to make an organisation successful. She said that organisations used training projects as a mechanism for a positive change and upgradation. She informed the Minister that HEC has chalked out a plan to organise such programmes time and again to ensure good management. She underlined the significant role of NAHE in capacity building of HEC employees, faculty, and university administrative staff. She also shed light on the portfolio and services of PwC, A. F. Ferguson&Co. and Oxon Global.
Dr. Shaheen Sardar Ali said that HEC was a national oversight body of the higher education sector and its employees were the front face of the sector. She said that NAHE was honoured that HEC reposed its confidence in it for training and professional development of its employees. She informed the audience that NAHE, in response to the priorities identified in the Training Needs Assessment (TNA) survey administered in October 2021, conducted two specialist trainings and this is the third one on Leadership, Strategy and Project Management.