Global Innovator Award: Special Commendation

Muneer Ahmed

Muneer Ahmed

Deputy Director (Quality Assurance) Higher Education Commission, Pakistan

“This is a great achievement in the sense that unoriginal work is reducing day by day and people are trying to properly cite everything.”

Muneer is Deputy Director (Quality Assurance) of an organisation whose role is to oversee and regulate higher education provision in Pakistan. In 2009, as a response to complaints received by university staff and students about plagiarism and poor academic writing, the Higher Education Commission was tasked with developing policy in this area. The organisation acquired Turnitin for 60 public sector universities in the first instance, and Muneer and his Quality Assurance team embarked on a comprehensive program of awareness raising, implementation and training throughout the entire country. In the first five year period, levels of unoriginal work (classed as showing a Turnitin Similarity Index over 50%) dropped from 35% in 2009 to 18% in 2014, with a future target figure of 10%, as Muneer contests:

“This is a great achievement in the sense that unoriginal work is reducing day by day and people are trying to properly cite everything.”

The main focus of the HEC’s campaign has been on graduate level work, but the positive impact on academic writing and general awareness has been so impressive that universities in the region are now starting to use Turnitin with their undergraduates. Each of the nominations received from Pakistan mentioned the HEC’s work specifically in the success of the academic integrity programs within their institutions:

“The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan has brought a very substantial and significant change in learning within higher education institutions.”



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