USAID, HEC give warm sendoff to students for US



STAFF REPORT ISB: Senior officials from the USAID and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan held a send-off reception at the NUST for approximately two dozen students and faculty members who are departing for a semester abroad at Arizona State University.


Over 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 Universitys state-of-the-art laboratories.


The exchange visits, coordinated through the USAID-funded US-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E), will provide faculty the opportunity to upgrade their teaching and corporate-partnership skills and will 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 Pakistans needs for applied research and skilled graduates in the energy field,” USAID Deputy Mission Director Cathy Moore said.


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

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