Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), in collaboration with the British Council, Pakistan, organized an orientation session on the UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), a preliminary step towards the development of a similar framework for Pakistan as part of the collaborative “Pak-UK Education Gateway” project of HEC and the British Council.
The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) is a national exercise, introduced by the UK government. It assesses the excellence of teaching in universities and colleges and how each institution of higher education guarantees its students excellent results in terms of university-level employment or further studies.
The session was chaired by the Executive Director of HEC and was attended by senior management of the British Council Pakistan, faculty members from universities across the country, and division heads and officers from the divisions of academics, the Human Resource Development and Higher Education Planning and Development Commission.
Professor Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam and Chair of the Teaching Excellence Framework UK guided participants on the UK TEF via video link. A team from Coventry University, UK, including Professor Guy Daly, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students and Mr Stephen Fallows, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Strategy and Planning, has also shared his experience of implementing the TEF.
Welcoming the British and Pakistani participants, the Executive Director of the Higher Education Commission expressed her satisfaction that the orientation will undoubtedly help to develop a model framework for bringing about qualitative changes in teaching and learning facilities in the tertiary institutions of Pakistan. She also acknowledged that the initiative will build more on existing collaborations between the UK and Pakistan in higher education.
Engineer Muhammad Raza Chohan, Advisor (Academics and Accreditation) HEC described HEC’s various initiatives aimed at improving educational quality standards in higher education institutions in Pakistan. Dr Nishat Riaz, Director of Education, British Council Pakistan, gave an overview of the Pak-UK Education Gateway project and its ambitions.
Participating faculty members from Pakistani universities, who will lead the initiative in collaboration with education experts from the UK, shared the national perspective of teaching and related facilities in Pakistani universities with the UK speakers and recommended the development of a suitable framework in Pakistan. the context.
Ultimately, the engineer. Muhammad Raza Chohan, Advisor (Academics and Accreditation) HEC and Ms Sarah Parvez, Head of Higher Education, British Council jointly moderated an open discussion with participants on the development of the TEF and discussed how to make the whole more focused and meaningful exercise.
In his closing remarks, Mr. Amir Ramzan, Country Officer of the British Council, hoped that the initiative would go a long way in improving the quality of teaching and education in Pakistan. He thanked the participating faculty as well as the UK experts for taking part in the orientation session, and insisted that faculty members come up with practical ideas and solutions for developing the TEF that best fit the system. local higher education.
Based on the findings of the orientation session, HEC and the British Council will develop terms of reference for the selection of suitable organisations/institutes and universities in the UK to work on the project. Both parties are expected to complete the overall task within the project time frame.