Peshawar, January 22, 2013 (PPI-OT): U.S. Consul General Robert Reed joined Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti in a ceremony to announce two new partnerships between American and KP universities. The three-year agreements support faculty exchanges and joint research between Southern Methodist University and KP’s Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, and between the University of Kentucky and the KP University Consortium, consisting of Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, Kohat University of Science and Technology, University of Peshawar, University of Science and Technology Bannu, and the Institute of Management Sciences in Peshawar.
“These significant partnerships are vitally important to improve not only our curriculum, but our universities’ research capabilities as well,” said Chief Minister Hoti.
Consul General Reed underscored the U.S. Government’s focus on initiatives to support higher education in Pakistan, and to establish long-term linkages between universities in the United States and KP. He said, “It is these linkages – people-to-people exchanges – that truly benefit both our nations. If our relationship is to thrive we must build networks of people in all sectors of society – in commerce, in civil society, and especially in education.”
The United States is investing $8.6 million over the next three years in eight university partnerships. Each partnership includes a faculty exchange and research component, and focuses on a range of liberal arts subjects, including American Studies, Business Administration and Management Sciences, Mass Communications and Media Studies, Psychology, Social Anthropology, and Women’s and Gender Studies.
These partnerships are part of a broad effort to connect Pakistani and American universities, which includes the Centers for Advanced Studies in the critical areas of energy, water, and agriculture planned at leading universities in Pakistan. Each center supports graduate programs, provides opportunities for joint Pakistani-U.S. research, and promotes the development of expertise in each focus area.
The university partnership program is one of the many U.S.-funded initiatives helping millions of Pakistani students unlock their full potential. The United States is also launching new degree programs in education at 90 teacher colleges and universities. More than 10,600 low-income students attend college in Pakistan with U.S.-funded scholarships. Another 1,000 Pakistani students attend U.S. colleges and universities annually on U.S.-sponsored exchange programs.
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