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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

Pakistan: country report

Date 24/08/2017

As part of a new series of country reports outlining the landscape and regulatory environments for transnational education (TNE), our latest report looks at Pakistan.

Higher education in Pakistan comprises over 180 providers enrolling more than 1.2 million students, with tertiary enrolments steadily growing year on year.

Pakistan is the fourth largest host country for UK TNE (after Singapore, China and Malaysia), with over 45,000 TNE students studying for a UK award, an increase of 10 per cent on the previous year, and about 33 per cent over the past five years.

UK higher education opportunities in Pakistan are expected to continue to grow, as the country is developing its regulatory framework to facilitate the growth of quality TNE.

QAA’s latest report offers high level information and intelligence about regulations, challenges and opportunities for UK TNE in Pakistan, signposting to sources of further information. It includes the findings from a review exercise of UK TNE in Pakistan, carried out by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan with support from QAA.

We would like to thank our partner agency in Pakistan, the Higher Education Commission, as well as the British Council Pakistan and Universities UK International, for their valuable support in developing this report.

Our next country reports will focus on China and the Republic of Ireland, as part of our currently ongoing TNE Review of Ireland. Prior to their release, you can read our previous report on the United Arab Emirates​.