Higher Education Commission (HEC) Scholarships


In 2005, three Massey University professors visited the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Pakistan at the invitation of the Chairman. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed under which more than 80 HEC scholars were sent to study PhD degrees at Massey University in New Zealand.

Massey University welcomes Pakistani HEC Scholars at each of its three New Zealand campuses (Albany, Manawatu and Wellington) and any of its five Colleges:

See a full list of Massey University's priority research areas available to HEC Scholars. Specific information can be found for Prospective and Current HEC Scholars at the HEC website.

For prospective HEC Scholars at Massey University

Massey University has a rule for HEC scholars. Please do not bring your family until:

1) You have been in New Zealand for one full year, and

2) You have progressed to the point of being enrolled in the PhD itself

Massey University works with HEC to select candidates to study at Massey. If you are short-listed to be considered for a scholarship to study at Massey, HEC will send Massey your application documents, which will be assessed by supervisors relevant to your area of research interest. Massey University representatives will interview short-listed candidates as part of the selection process.

Please wait for instructions from HEC before making an application to Massey University. A letter of acceptance is not required before the interview and formal acceptance cannot be given until your application has been received via HEC and assessed by the university. Please do not apply directly to Massey University. Your application must be processed by HEC.

Find out more about:

Pakistani students at Massey University

Fifty nine of the HEC scholars have already completed their PhDs from Massey University. Eighteen Pakistani students are currently studying at Massey University with an HEC scholarship. HEC scholars have presented their studies to conferences in several countries including Korea, Malaysia, Australia, France, Saudi Arabia and China.

Pakistani HEC scholars at Massey have affiliated their Association (PSA) with Massey University Students' Association. 


There are Pakistani students on each of the three campuses. Halal food and prayer facilities are also available on all three campuses.


Albany campus
The Albany campus is located just outside of New Zealand's largest city Auckland. This campus has a prayer centre in Building 96, Oteha Rohe. Find out more about the Albany campus.

Manawatu campus
The Manawatu campus is the largest and has the most Pakistani students. The Islamic Centre at Manawatu is the first of its kind in any of the New Zealand Universities. Purposefully built at a beautiful and peaceful site with all facilities including toilets, bathrooms, separate male and female wadooh areas and a prayer hall. Students can access the facility at any time of the day, 7 days a week. Prayers are offered all 5 times a day. Regular Jumma prayer is also a feature of the centre with students and staff members taking their turns for Jumma Sermons and leading prayers in alternative weeks. Find out more about the Manawatu campus.

Wellington campus
The Wellington campus is located in the heart of New Zealand's capital city. It is the second largest city in New Zealand and home to the Parliament and the National Museum. Find out more about the Wellington campus.

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