USAID International Conference on Higher Education and Human Resource Development has ended – Fxsad

USAID International Conference on Higher Education and Human Resource Development has ended

ISLAMABAD – The International Conference on Higher Education and Human Resource Development in the 21st Century was held in Islamabad as part of USAID’s Higher Education System Strengthening Initiative. The 3-day international conference included five sessions that addressed the concerns of higher education institutions and examined approaches to aligning higher education institutions with the requirements of the 21st century. The main areas of discussion are the delivery of quality education, solving the obstacles faced by higher education institutions in terms of being market-oriented, achieving sustainability, building ecosystems at the university level and enabling them to be actors in climate change adaptation. Minister for Planning Development and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal, Director General of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan Dr. Shaista Sohail and US Ambassador Mr. Donald Blome were keynote speakers at the opening ceremony. Eminent Pakistani and international higher education experts participated in various sessions and moderated the discussions. Dr. Aslam Chaudhry, General Director of Party HESSA, who delivered the inaugural address, welcomed the distinguished guests. First, this initiative uses an ecosystem approach involving businesses, policy makers and academic partners. Secondly, HESSA works across Pakistan in a wide range of quality, quantity, gender and area; And, thirdly, capacity building methods target leadership, teachers and student support services. In addition, the project highlights gender, diversity and disability in HIS. United States Ambassador Blome also addressed the audience and pointed out that 60 percent of Pakistan’s population under 30 years old is the country’s strength and pointed out the need to help “youth reach their full potential.” Dr. Shaista Sohail chaired the first session on “Balancing Higher Education with the Needs of the 21st Century”. Panelists for this session included Dr. Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director of Education and Skills, Dr. Asim Zia from the University of Vermont, Dr. Navid Anwar from the Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok), Dr. Frankie Lannan and Dr. Deborah Keck-Franson from Utah. University. Experts discussed five key trends shaping the future of higher education globally: sustainability and interdisciplinarity; Creativity and entrepreneurship; Education of minor credentials and skills; online and distance learning; and ensuring the construction of various campuses. The focus of this session is on the need for stronger linkages between international stakeholders, eliminating “elite resource management” in colonial models of higher education. Due to ecological collapse, the future of the world was a concern and HIS was recommended to adopt a “sustainability science” strategy to avoid the collapse. An additional reason analyzed herein is the need to find and provide more flexible ways for individuals willing to advance their careers in line with the evolving workforce. Dr. Ishrat Hussain, former Advisor to the Prime Minister and former Director of IBA Karachi, moderated the second session, “HEIs Sustainable and Market Driven: Challenges and Opportunities”. They underscored the difficulties faced by HEIs in budget management as public funding declined with the help of a self-sustaining financial model such as IBA. Speakers for this session were Dr. Mary Lackey from Central Arkansas, Dr. Steve Burian from Alabama, and Mr. Roger Griffiths from the University of Birmingham, Dubai. The main points of the second session are that universities should seek new ways to mobilize resources by building private sector partnerships, establishing endowment funds, strengthening graduate student engagement, etc. It helps to attract the private sector and provide guidelines for improvement. The third session held on the second day of the conference was titled “Strengthening the University Ecosystem” combining 3 working groups and plenary speeches. lt. General (R) Khalid Asghar, former Rector Nutek, Dr. Shahid Munir, Chairman, Punjab Higher Education Commission and US Senator Keith Grover presided over the 3 sub-sessions. The focus of the discussion was on aligning Pakistan’s HEIs with international institutional governance norms. The panelists were Ms. Natalie Humphrey and Dr. Usman Elias from Birmingham (Dubai Campus), Dr. Thomas Pichota from Chapman University, Dr. Fazal Khalid from GIK, Dr. Osman Hassan from NUST and Dr. Gerardo Blanco from Boston College. , among others. The main recommendations from the three parallel sessions were the importance of teacher development and enhancement programs, recruitment of highly qualified teachers, best performance awards and inclusion of mental health awareness programs. The fourth session on the afternoon of the second day was chaired by Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, President of SZABIST University and focused on “Improving the Quality of Higher Education and the Role of Accreditation”. Regarding the international recognition of Pakistani universities, Ms. Shahnaz said that only two Pakistani institutions, Quaid-i-Azam University and NUST, have so far been certified by foreign HEI rating systems. From H.E.C. As an alternative to micro-management, the Chairman proposed quality improvement through partnerships between HEC, State Commissions and HIS. The speakers of the meeting were Dr. Gerardo Blanco of Boston College, Dr. Samrin Hussain of Arora University, Dr. Khalid Mahmood of NACTE and Dr. Sajjad Ahmed of University of Nevada. The key themes of the session are engaging teachers and employers in all forms of education reforms and developing soft skills in graduates. Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman chaired the final session on “Higher Education and Adaptation to Climate Change” – co-chaired by Dr Fati Marri, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Agricultural University. Expressing concern over the lack of climate change education in Pakistan’s higher education, Minister Rehman said campuses should adopt holistic and interdisciplinary approaches to climate change and adaptation as they are magnets for learning and innovation. Dr. Michael Barber from the University of Utah, and Dr. Ghulam Rasool, Head of the IUCN Climate Change Program, Dr. Asim Zia and Dr. Thomas C. Pichota addressed this session. Keynote addresses reflect the importance of developing climate change profiles for the most vulnerable regions, the need to identify and address knowledge gaps related to climate change adaptation, and the need for stakeholder engagement to formulate integrated strategies that are comparable to the larger scale. The test. The closing ceremony at the end of the third day was attended by Federal Minister of Education Rana Tanver Hussain, Senator Keith Grover from Utah, USAID Mission Director Mr. Reed Ashliman and H.E.C. Representative Dr. Shasta Sohail was present. Dr. Aslam Chaudhry, Chairman of HESSA Party, made the statement emphasizing the importance of stakeholder participation. Minister Rana Tanveer thanked USAID for helping Pakistan’s HEIs to adapt to the needs of the 21st century.

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