U.S. Consul General Brian Heath spoke to 70 undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members from the Business Administration and Management Sciences departments at Isra University in Hyderabad. Chancellor Asadullah Kazi, Pro-Vice Chancellor Hameedullah Kazi and Professor Qamaruddin Mahar welcomed the U.S. Consul General.
“I am especially happy to see first-hand the results of the three-year Isra University — Ball State University partnership,” said Mr. Heath. “The United States generously supports educational development in Pakistan, and our university partnerships are at the forefront of these efforts.”
The university partnership with Isra was the very first that the U.S. Department of State funded in Sindh province. This partnership focused on entrepreneurship, marketing, finances, management, and information systems. In addition, it provided for student and faculty exchanges, curriculum development, joint research and workshops. The highlight was the International Conference on Entrepreneurship: Business and Innovation for Societal Development held March 16-17, 2015, at Isra University.
Mr. Heath also highlighted America’s long-standing commitment to Pakistan’s educational development, citing U.S. assistance in establishing the Lahore University of Management Science, Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, and Agricultural University in Faisalabad.
In addition to higher education, said Mr. Heath, the United States is also now funding the Sindh Basic Education Program. “Since 2011, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has given $155 million to the Sindh government to increase and sustain student enrollment in primary, middle and secondary schools throughout the province,” said Mr. Heath. “We are also building and reconstructing 120 new schools throughout the province as well as teaching 750,000 children to read.” The goal, he said, is to enroll 100,000 new girls in school. Finally, the USAID Reading Program has invested $160 million to improve the reading ability of more than 1 million children in Pakistan.
To learn more about U.S. State Department exchange, and educational and cultural programs, please visit: www.eca.state.gov. To learn more about USAID programs in Pakistan, please visit: www.usaid.gov/Pakistan.