“Building Bridges” Partnership Yields Balochistan University Program Entrepreneurship Education Summit

Karachi – Public Affairs Officer John Warner earlier today presided over the opening of a two-day Entrepreneurship Education Summit hosted by the Balochistan University Partnership Program. This program is a two year “Building Bridges” partnership between the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and three universities in Balochistan: the University of Balochistan, Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University Quetta and Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences. Dr. Javed Iqbal, Vice Chancellor University of Balochistan, startup business representatives, and representatives of the Balochistan universities were in attendance.

In his opening remarks, Public Affairs Officer John Warner noted how proud he was the United States supports this 86 million rupee program and that “when we bring together energetic and innovative minds from our two countries, the results are powerful.”

Rebecca Howland, program manager at the University of Massachusetts Civic Engagement, said “the summit participants will engage in discussion and interactive presentation aimed at building a practical understanding of entrepreneurship education practices while using an educational framework to create a dialog between various levels of relevant parties.”

The Balochistan Consortium University Partnership is the first academic linkage funded by the U.S. government between Balochistan and the United States and is part of the twenty country-wide university partnerships between Pakistan and the U.S.

For more information on U.S. government educational and cultural programs and support, please go to www.eca.state.gov.