Project Brief SFHP Phase III

Short Term Foreign Faculty Hiring Program
Project Introduction:
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) believes in integration of education and
research as the hallmark and strength of the Pakistani system of higher education. A
vibrant well-qualified and research-oriented faculty is essential for such an endeavor.
The HEC has several on-going programs to infuse a culture of excellence and quality
research in the universities. A vast human resource yet to be untapped which could
provide the impetus for fast track development in public universities and degreeawarding institutions, are the expatriate Pakistani researchers and academician. About
410 development projects especially new programs for strengthening of faculty
development and R & D activities are under implementation.
To overcome the present acute shortage, expected for next 3-4 years till the out come
of on-going HRD programs, the present project has been proposed to hire Foreign
Faculty as under, on short term basis. Higher Education Commission Islamabad in
this context launched in November 2003 the “Short Term Foreign Faculty Hiring
Program (SFHP)” to attract foreign nationals as well as expatriate Pakistani
scientists and engineers in academia and professional organizations to come to
Pakistan on short-term assignments (at least for One Semester) at public sector
universities and degree awarding institutions (DAIs). The focus was to make out for
the critical shortage of qualified faculty in public institutions of higher learning to
produce finest engineers, scientists across a broad range of disciplines. It was also
hoped that such interaction between Pakistani universities and their foreign
counterparts will open avenues for future research collaboration and faculty
exchanges. Hiring is made in all disciplines under the SFHP.
Project Objectives:
Faculty/researchers/ professionals of any nationality (except India or
Israel.) and of any discipline to cope with the critical shortage of qualified
teaching faculty in Pakistan and to provide quality education at the level of
Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D with minimum input of financial resources.
Enhance R&D activities in the Universities / Degree Awarding Institutes to
produce quality Manpower in the fields of Science & Technology and Social
Relationship with Sectoral Objectives:
 This Project is directly linked with the overall vision and objectives of the Mid
Term Development Frame-Work (MTDF) to strengthen Faculty and institutes/
public sector universities in all disciplines and to enhance R&D activities and
produce highly qualified Manpower in Science & Technology.
 To assist establishing research centers in various disciplines.
 To establish a long term research collaboration between Pakistan and foreign
Enhance research environment in the educational institutes.
Provide training to the faculty members
Guidance to graduate students (PhD, Mphil, MS) in their research
Conducting workshops and seminars on cutting edge technologies
Teach Advance courses at graduate levels
The position carries a handsome pay i.e. Rs:100,000/- to 200,000/- per month,
one economy class return air ticket (Maximum of limit Rs.120,000/-) and daily
boarding allowance Rs.850/-.
Eligibility Criteria:
1. Applicant must hold PhD degree in the relevant field from HEC recognized
universities/ institutes.
2. Applicant must commit to come for at least one semester (i.e. 3 to 4 ½
months) which will be extendable to another semester only upon the consent
of HEC and host institution.
In special cases duration can be reduce with approval from chairman of
selection committee.
3. Applications will be facilitated in all discipline; from any nationality except
from Indian or Israel nationality.
4. Applicant while at the time of applying to this program must hold job /
teaching position in foreign institution / university / organization and having at
least two year post-doctorate foreign experience.
5. Applicant must have good academic and publication record.
6. Applicant hired under this program is expected to have excellent verbal and
written English language skills.
7. Special waiver of PhD Degree to the applicants belonging to clinical medical
sciences (who hold terminal degree of MRCP, FRCS (UK) or Diplomat
American Board) and also to the Professionals of Fine Arts, Architecture, Law
& Theatre and Arts disciplines with the condition that the perceptive
candidates must have served as a faculty member in a recognized Foreign
University or worked at reputable organization at least for three (03) years.
How to Apply:
Application will be submitted on the prescribed application form along with
detailed resume and other supporting documents (if desired) and can be e-mailed
on; the same may also sent through mail to following address:
Wasim Hashmi Syed
Project Director
HRD Division, Higher Education Commission,
Sector H-9, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Phone # +92 (51) 9080 8021