University Partnerships Initiative (2013-2016)
A brief background
The following university partnerships established from 2013-2016 partnered American and Pakistani universities in joint partnerships. These partnerships resulted in faculty exchanges, joint research, faculty development, curriculum development, and the development of new departments and academic programs at Pakistani partnering universities.
Fatima Jinnah Women's University (FJWU) Department of Behavioral Sciences and the University of Texas at Austin
Background: The partnership focused on strengthening FJWU’s Department of Behavioral Sciences (Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology); Gender Studies, Communication and Media Studies faculty were also engaged for professional development, research collaboration and curriculum revamping.
Quaid-i-Azam University (Islamabad) Department of Area Studies and Ball State University
Background: The partnership focused on supporting the American Studies program by increasing the research capacity of lecturers and faculty, updating/developing curriculum and supporting QAU’s Area Study Center.
Isra University (Hyderabad) Department of Management Sciences and Ball State University
Background: The partnership helped to increase Isra University’s capacity in academic, research and business outreach for the Department of Management Sciences.
Allama Iqbal Open University (Islamabad) Department of Distance Education and San José State University
Background: The partnership helped to implement a world-class distant education-oriented professional training program and helped enhance AIOU Distance Education expansion through new standards helping them to become globally competitive.
University of Gujrat Department of Mass Communications and Media Studies and the University of Oklahoma
Background: The partnership helped to build UOG's capacity in video production, research-based investigative and analytical online reporting, qualitative and quantitative marketing research and helped UOG develop programming for its radio station, strengthening their Mass Communication and Media Studies department.
Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar (SBBWUP) Department of Psychology and Southern Methodist University
Background: The partnership helped strengthen the department of Psychology at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women through professional development of faculty, curriculum development, research collaboration and clinic capacity.
National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Resource Center and the University of North Texas
Background: The partnership helped to build NUML’s capacity through faculty development and collaborative research, curriculum development; publishing research journals and publications and the establishment of a Resource Center.
Consortium of Five Pakistani Universities in KPK and the University of Kentucky / Department of Business Administration. The five KPK universities were Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, Kohat University of Science and Technology, University of Peshawar, Bannu University of Science and Technology, and IM Sciences in Peshawar.
Background: The partnership contributed to the learning and teaching of business administration, enhancing the community and economic impact of these universities throughout KPK.
University of Karachi Department of Public Administration and George Mason University
Background: The partnership helped strengthen the University of Karachi’s Public Policy and Public Administration programs.
Azad Jammu & Kashmir University (AJKU) Department of Linguistics and English Education and San José State University
Background: The partnership helped strengthen AJK University through curriculum development, enhancing research capacity of AJKU faculty through collaboration, exchanges, and professional development, sharing SJSU resources and best practices to strengthen AJKU’s Linguistics and English Education department.
National Academy of Performing Arts, Karachi (NAPA) Department of Music and the University of Texas at Austin
Background: The partnership helped NAPA with composition of instrumental and vocal Music and helped build the capacity of faculty.
Kinnaird College for Women (Lahore) Department of Literature and Arizona State University
Background: The partnership helped to strengthen the American literature curriculum taught at Kinnaird College by capacity building of faculty, support with American Literature resource material and strengthening research capacity.
Lahore College for Women University Department of Gender and Development Program and George Washington University
Background: The partnership between the Global Gender Program (GGP) of the George Washington University (GW) and the Gender and Development Studies Program at Lahore College of Women University (LCWU) helped enhance the academic, research, and knowledge of faculty and students at LCWU and to strengthen their Gender Studies Program.
Karakoram International University (Gilgit-Baltistan) Department of Business Management and Environmental Sciences and the University of Oregon
Background: The partnership helped strengthen the Business Management & Environmental Sciences department at Karakoram International University by helping with curriculum development, community development through the creation and cultivation of sustainable businesses and student and teacher exchanges.
National College of Arts (NCA Rawalpindi) Department of Architecture and Heritage Conservation and Boston Architectural College
Background: The partnership helped expand NCA’s pedagogical options and curriculum to incorporate formal study and research in architectural and heritage conservation and management. It also supported the technical capacity and ability to deliver online courses. A Digital Archival Lab at NCA was also established to assist collection of data for Cultural Heritage Mapping.
Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (Karachi) Department of Communication Design and Southern Polytechnic State University
Background: The partnership helped develop 24 courses related to New Media Arts, Information Design & Communication for Indus Valley School. The research component highlighted Communication Design in promotion and marketing of products helping strengthen the Communication Design department at Indus Valley School.
International Islamic University Islamabad Departments of Political Science and English and the University of North Carolina Wilmington
Background: The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) helped design and implement a collaborative model of professional development in teaching, research, and community engagement, primarily in Political Science/International Relations and English at IIUI. The partnership also afforded two international conferences each in U.S. and Pakistan to facilitate professional exchange, develop discourse and research opportunities.
National College of Arts Lahore Department of Film and Television and the University of Texas at Austin
Background: The partnership contributed to the learning and teaching of film and television, through curriculum development, collaborative research, long distance teaching (via Internet/DVC), sharing of resources, professional development for faculty, and faculty and student exchanges to enhance the capacity of the Film and Television Arts department at NCA Lahore.
University of the Punjab Department of Journalism and Arizona State University
Background: This partnership helped support learning and teaching journalism and enhancing the impact of the University of Punjab through support with curriculum development, collaborative research, and professional development for faculty.
Baluchistan consortium: University of Baluchistan, Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University, Quetta (SBKWU), and Baluchistan University of Information Tech, Engineering and Mgt Sciences (BUITEMS) and the University of Massachusetts / Department of Management Sciences
Background: The partnership established a University Partnership Consortium in the thematic area of Management Sciences with a focus on entrepreneurship. This project incorporated an intra-regional exchange between provinces in Pakistan. This allowed the three Balochistan universities to benefit and learn best practices from existing, successful partnerships such as the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Consortium Model and others. Management Sciences and Entrepreneurship departments at these Pakistani universities were supported and strengthened by the support of the University of Massachusetts.