USAID, HEC start student, faculty exchange program under US-Pak USPCAS-E

EducationUSAID, HEC start student, faculty exchange program under US-Pak USPCAS-E

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The exchange visits, coordinated through the USAID-funded US- Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E), will provide an opportunity to faculty to upgrade their teaching skills and will also offer students an opportunity to enhance their research skills and industry awareness.

“The United States is committed to education and economic development in Pakistan, and the US-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy will help meet Pakistan’s needs for applied research and skilled graduates in the energy field,” USAID Deputy Mission Director Cathy Moore said on Friday.

Senior officials from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan held a send-off reception at the National University of Sciences and Technology for approximately two dozen students and faculty who are departing for a semester abroad at Arizona State University.

Over the next four years, approximately 200 energy-engineering graduate students and faculty from the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar will each spend a semester in the United States to carry out energy research at Arizona State University’s state-of-the-art laboratories.

USPCAS-E is a joint initiative among NUST, UET Peshawar, and Arizona State University focusing on applied research projects relevant to Pakistan’s energy needs.

The partnership has multiple goals including curriculum development, research, establishment of new laboratories, and exchange programs.

Under the umbrella of the HEC, the centers at NUST and UET are expected to eventually become Pakistan’s premier sustainable energy research centers.  USPCAS-E also aims to set new standards for supporting the success of women and disadvantaged youth in the engineering profession.

USPCAS-E is part of USAID’s larger $127 million US-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies investment that aims to harness applied research to find innovative and practical solutions for Pakistan’s energy, water, agriculture, and food security challenges.

Source: APP

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