Rawalpindi - A delegation from Massey University New Zealand visited Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here on Tuesday with an aim to introduce higher education and research system of the New Zealand in Pakistani educational institutes to identify and establish long-term collaborations and bilateral relations. The delegation comprising Prof Dr Richard Archer and Michael O’Shaughnessy called on PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad and discussed the possibilities of collaboration in academics, research and training between the both institutes.

On the occasion, Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad gave a detailed presentation on the educational, research and extension programmes of the university as well as about its future plans and role in the development of agriculture sector.

He said that the university was actively involved in extension activities and working with the farmers in the field with focus on the betterment of small farmers. He further said that university’s overall objective was to promote economic growth by bringing more farms under improved technologies and management practices to increase the agricultural productivity. He emphasised on capacity building in various agriculture sector with the technical support of Messy University scientists.

The visiting delegation exchanged views with PMAS-AAUR academic leadership and applauded its numerous steps to develop the institutional relations with leading institutions and corporate entities.

Both parties shared views for joint efforts that were important for potential expansion of future academic collaborations. The participants agreed to work jointly at student, faculty and institutional levels to achieve high targets of today’s education and benefiting the people of both countries through collaborative activities, research and technological initiatives.