U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water

U.S.- Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water MUET, Jamshoro

Introduction

The United States Government through United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Government of Pakistan through the Higher Education Commission (HEC) have partnered together to 

create state of art centers for advanced studies. The USAID-funded Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies (PCAS) have been designed by the United States Government and Government of Pakistan to support Pakistan’s economic development by strengthening universities and encouraging applied research.  The USAID-funded PCAS have been designed to leverage economic development in Pakistan through applied research in energy, water, and agriculture and food security. 

The Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (PCAS-W) has been established at the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro under the Cooperative Agreement signed with USAID on Dec. 12, 2014 for five years. The USAID-funded Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies MUET in water is a state of the art and modern applied research center. The USAID-funded PCAS-W is a world class education and applied research center dedicated to resolving Pakistan’s water crises through applied research, developing specialist human resource and technologies; academia-industry collaboration; and policy formulation. The centers will generate cost-effective and sustainable solutions to Pakistan’s challenges related to water and educating the next generation of scientists, engineers, and policy makers through innovative academic programs in water that are focused on applied research to solve Pakistan’s contemporary problems. The USAID-funded Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies MUET in water is encouraging and empowering women scientists and researchers to actively participate in applied research to solve Pakistan’s contemporary problems. The PCAS-W will receive assistance in technical issues and capacity building from U.S. Partner University (University of Utah).

PCAS-W project has following five main components:

 

1.      Governance of the CAS and the Higher Education

2.      Curriculum Reform

3.      High Quality Applied Research

4.      Graduate and Post Graduate Training

5.      Sustainability through Industry/Private Sector Links

 

The center will start Masters/Ph.D. programs in four areas, tentatively designated as: (i) Hydraulics, Irrigation and Drainage -HID (ii) Integrated Water Resources Planning and Management- IWRPM (iii) Environmental Engineering - ENVENG and (iv) Water, Sanitation and Health- WASH. MUET’s aim is to become a leading center of excellence in the water sector. PCAS-W will seek collaboration of U.S. Partner University for technical issues and capacity building. Strong collaboration with partner PCAS Universities and HEC in Pakistan will also ensure institutionalization and sustainability of the PCAS-W beyond the five-year program. One of PCAS-W major goals is to achieve gender equality in the program. The mission of PCAS-W is to train present and future faculty, young scientists, engineers, managers and other stakeholders with state of the art techniques and cutting edge knowledge in the water sector. In this program 7 labs with state of the art facilities are being established in PCAS-W. This will assist in conduct good applied research projects and forming linkages with industry and the private sector.

 

Overall Objectives

·         Increase access for talented, economically and/or culturally disadvantaged students, in the disciplines of water;

·         Establish governance structures for sustainability and improved capacity of the PCAS-W

·         Improve relevance and quality of curricula, strengthen use of effective teaching methods, and upgrade graduate programs; and

·         Apply relevant research to meet client (industry, civil society, government) needs.

 

Program Targets

·         At least 250 degrees awarded by PCAS-W in five years of the project to students who receive PCAS-W funded scholarships, resulting in more degree holding technical experts in field of water resource management.

·         In five years of the project, at least 200 faculty and students participated in exchanges to the U.S. that will result in university faculty with enhanced teaching and mentoring skills and students with stronger technical and research skills.

·         At least 50% of PCAS-W graduates employed in a field related to water activities.

·         At least one strong American-Pakistani university linkage established that significantly improves teaching and research and improves how universities interact with and receive funds from the business community in the water management sector.

·         A wide regional diversity of students trained of whom at least 50% are economically disadvantaged.

·         Percentage of female student and faculty participation in CAS-W activities exceeds by 15% the present rate of participation at the hosting university, with the objective of reaching 50% female participation in CAS-W activities.

·         At least 50 advanced research projects conducted by PCAS-W in five years.

·         At least 50 CAS-W students placed in internships with private sector entities.

·         The Council for Research and Policy think tank made operational.

·         At least five public-private partnerships (PPPs) or Global Development Alliances (GDAs) established through PCAS-W.

·         Three professional certification degrees or programs established at PCAS-W.

·         At least 20 PCAS-W courses that feature a modern, relevant Pakistan-centric curriculum that meets international standards.

·         A dedicated library established to support PCAS-W priorities.

·         Specialized research/laboratory facilities at MUET established or upgraded to include the use of innovative and appropriate Information and Communications Technology that supports the service and problem solving focus of the center.

·         At least 20 applied research awarded to MUET faculty and researchers and/or other Pakistani universities or Research and Development organizations related to the water resource management and water technologies.