German Ambassador in Pakistan Dr Cyrill Nunn on Friday said that cooperation between the educational and research institutes of both the countries will be further strengthened in order to derive benefit from each other’s experience.

He was talking to University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad at the Syndicate Room in which UAF Faculty members who were also alumni of German Universities participated.

The ambassador said that students and faculty exchange programme will be fortified. He said his country was running the world’s third largest student and faculty exchange programme that will be beneficial for Pakistani scholars as well. He said many Pakistani students were getting education in Germany especially in engineering, botany, chemistry etc. He noted that his country in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission was offering tremendous scholarships to Pakistani students. He said that the Germans believed in working together for development. He said that there was room to further enhance cooperation. He lauded the efforts of UAF taken in the area of education and research. He said in the time, climate change is one of the major threat and Germany is working with Pakistan to cope with the environmental issues.

UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that the university strongly believed in maintaining good relations and enjoying excellent relations across the world. The university is running Germany-funded International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD)’s projects to fight global hunger and poverty through research and education.

He said that further cooperation with German institutes will help strengthen the agricultural sector which is directly linked to poverty alleviation. He said in Pakistan, the agriculture is the lifeline as the majority of the population was linked with that sector. He stressed a need for rural development and praised the government for increasing the funds for the uplift of rural areas. He said that the enrolled students have touched the figure of 20,500. Keeping in view the UAF recruited 130 new members in teaching staff in 2014 to ease the burden on the teachers. He said that the UAF has planned to recruit 200 teachers this year.