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Pak students to conduct energy research in US

ISLAMABAD: The United States (US) and Pakistani officials have recognize 33 Pakistani
 
graduate students and two faculty members who will soon travel to the United States to spend a
 
semester at Arizona State University and Oregon State University, says an embassy statement
 
issued here.
 
During their exchange programme, which is funded by the US Agency for International
 
Development, these individuals will conduct research relating to Pakistan’s most pressing energy
 
challenges, it said.
 
This academic exchange is associated with USAID’s five-year, $127 million investment in the
 
US-Pakistan Centres for Advanced Studies Program, which aims to harness applied research to
 
find innovative and practical solutions to Pakistan’s energy, water, agriculture, and food security
 
challenges. 
 
As part of this program, approximately 200 Pakistanis will spend a semester at American
 
universities over the next four years.
 
Faculty will have the opportunity to enhance their teaching skills and to learn how to build
 
successful partnerships between academia and the corporate sector, while students will focus on
 
research and industry awareness.
 
“Over the time, USAID expects each Centre for Advanced Studies will form public-private
 
partnerships and networks to bring together the best minds in academia, government, and the
 
business community and drive innovation, competitiveness, and economic growth,” said USAID
 
Deputy Mission Director James Peters.
 
“The centres will also set new standards for supporting the success of women and disadvantaged
 
youth in the engineering profession.”
 
Under the umbrella of the Higher Education Commission, the US-Pakistan Centres for Advanced
 
Studies in Energy at the National University of Sciences and Technology and at the University of
 
Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, are expected to become Pakistan’s premier sustainable
 
energy research centres.
 
American and Pakistani officials have also collaborated to establish a Centre for Advanced
 
Studies in Agriculture and Food Security at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, in
 
partnership with the University of California-Davis, and a Centre for Advanced Studies in Water
 
at Tehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, in partnership with the
 
University of Utah.

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