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 Pakistans most pressing energy

challenges, it said.

This academic exchange is associated with USAIDs 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 Pakistans energy, water, agriculture, and food security


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 Pakistans 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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