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Dr Ayesha Razzaque

Dr Ayesha Razzaque

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The pursuit of uniformity

There once was a national university, let’s call it the National University of Technology (NUT) located in Metropabad, a major city of a developing...

08.04.2024 20

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Defunding of public higher education

When one is looking for higher-ed statistics in Pakistan, they must be pieced together from multiple sources and cross-checked to ensure they make...

29.03.2024 70

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New data, old insights

There was a time when systematically collected data about schoolchildren’s learning levels was scarce, spottily collected, and hard to obtain....

18.03.2024 30

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The AI frontier at WGS

While Pakistan was still counting votes and figuring out who won these elections, Dubai was hosting the three-day World Governments Summit 2024 from...

01.03.2024 30

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The AI frontier at WSG

While Pakistan was still counting votes and figuring out who won these elections, Dubai was hosting the three-day World Governments Summit 2024 from...

01.03.2024 50

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Parachuted manifestos

The election manifestos of all major parties have now been released. I went through them with an eye on education priorities. If education is an...

07.02.2024 30

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The land where time stands still

A few weeks ago, I was invited to a panel on the issue of harassment on university campuses. The audience comprised students, 20-something-year-old...

31.01.2024 30

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Why are Pakistanis leaving?

Emigration has occupied perhaps more than its usual share of space in the public discourse in the past year. Op-eds that popped up in the media have...

18.01.2024 70

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The rising cost of higher education

In the mid-80s, a generation ago, the average American household spent about one-third of its income on housing expenses (rent or mortgage payments),...

30.12.2023 80

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The fierce politics of Pakistan’s academia

Sayre’s law, named for Columbia University political scientist Wallace Stanley Sayre, states that “The politics of the university are so intense...

23.12.2023 40

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What ails public-sector education?

I asked 12 year-old Sultan (pseudonym) to read from his Urdu textbook. He struggled to read a simple sentence (“more sher ki tarha jungle kaa...

01.12.2023 100

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So you want to start working?

A few months ago, these pages carried an op-ed of mine that attempted to provide some insights into university admissions processes (‘The admissions...

10.11.2023 20

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We don’t need thought control

Since Israel began its genocidal campaign against Palestinians, observers and commentators the world over have been watching the unprecedented...

29.10.2023 40

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Can you build your own major?

When you become aware of a problem, you can take one of two approaches: you can either take on the problem head-on or you can paper over it. In...

19.10.2023 60

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Education and other non-priorities

Around the world, universities have multiple goals. Core among them remains teaching in degree programmes to pass on knowledge, make (mostly) young...

02.10.2023 200

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Welcome to college – and adulthood

Fall, the time when millions of students all over the world – including Pakistan – will start their college journeys, is upon us. Many will be...

20.09.2023 60

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Are Pakistanis really leaving?

A few weeks ago, the caretaker prime minister’s soundbite about (highly) educated Pakistanis who choose to settle abroad attracted public ire. ...

08.09.2023 100

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