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Pakistan has a population of 240 million people. As Pakistan continues to strive for universal basic primary education, it faces the related challenge of increasing access to learning opportunities at the secondary and tertiary levels.


COL’s current work in Pakistan is primarily in the areas of higher education and girls’ and women’s training for livelihoods. Learners from Pakistan have also benefited from COL’s open online courses and other resources.


Partnerships are fundamental to COL’s work. Strategic partnerships allow COL to broaden its reach and engage at global, regional and national levels, while implementation partnerships support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Such partnerships include multilateral organisations, regional bodies, national governments, government agencies, foundations, civil society organisations, public and private (not-for-profit) institutions and the private sector. COL partnerships assist in improving and extending teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth.

COL’s partners in Pakistan include:

  • Higher Education Commission
  • Allama Iqbal Open University
  • Bedari
  • Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child
  • Virtual University of Pakistan

Key Contacts

Focal Point



Notable Mention

Ms Shahnaz Wazir Ali, former member of COL Board of Governors

Professor Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS, former member of COL Board of Governors

The Honourable Zubaida Jalal, COL Honorary Fellow

Professor Naveed Akhtar Malik, COL Honorary Fellow

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