Rawalpindi - Research in higher education is need of the hour which should be promoted as it has great importance, particularly to bring the universities at par with their international counterparts, said Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Women University Dr Samina Amin Qadir.

The vice chancellor was addressing a multidisciplinary graduate conference held on Thursday. She said that the FJWU always promoted healthy debate on important issues. The research is considered back bone of quality education particularly in higher educational institutions, she said, adding that it would help advance the stature of the universities and make them the world’s best institutions.

The FJWU is giving importance to academic research in order to promote a culture of critical thinking that could also become the guiding spirit for more effective policy formulation at national level, she added.

The management of FJWU is striving to make it a women-friendly institution where females from all areas of the country and the world over could enrol to get quality education, the VC said. The cultural, political, social and economic needs are also the priority areas of the university, she added.

“We are establishing closer links with international universities as well as with the foreign industry. We believe that women are an important human resource, vital for the progress of Pakistan. We, at the FJWU always encourage on-campus academic activities by organising conferences, seminars and series of lectures by eminent scholars and experts who can play active role in raising awareness on different issues among students, faculty and staff,” she said.