The National Skills University Islamabad (NSU) is the most relevant institution to initiate soft skills training programs in collaboration with the American Institute of Pakistan (AIPS).
This was jointly agreed upon by the visiting team members, including Professor Dr. Mike Hirsch, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from the Houston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas, and Mr. Nadeem Akbar, Director, AIPS stationed in Pakistan on their visit to the NSU.Upon their arrival, Vice Chancellor’s NSU welcomed honorable delegates, followed by a briefing about the university. Prof. Hirsch appreciated the “NSU Student Once NSU Student Forever” model. According to him, his university in Austin, Texas, USA, has embarked on several new initiatives after COVID-19, and among these, reskilling and retraining models like NSU are the most popular ones.
He also mentioned that Pakistan is lucky to have a young population compared with the US, where aged people predominate. As such, life learning initiatives are being strengthened in the US to cope with emerging technology challenges.
Prof. Hirsch also visited different workshops of the university and appreciated the accessibility efforts of the university for specially-abled individuals.
It was jointly agreed that AIPS and the NSU would work on devising a curriculum for soft skills. Through the aegis of AIPS, mutual exchanges of scholars and scholarly activities will be promoted between the NSU and American institutions.