USAID organizes strategic dialogue on higher education

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The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development organized a Vice Chancellors’ Dialogue with public sector universities through its five-year, US $19 million, Higher Education System Strengthening Activity.

Top tier leadership shared their experiences of working with HESSA; reflections about best practices in academia, research, and governance learned during their U.S. study tour; and ideas for making the program more demand driven.

HESSA is being implemented in collaboration with 16 Pakistani public sector universities and other stakeholders, with a focus on strengthening universities’ capacity to deliver market-driven education and research to enhance graduate employability.

The program aims to achieve this goal through three components: advancing leadership, governance, and management at Pakistani universities; improving the relevance, quality, and accessibility of higher education; and enhancing support services across the students’ life cycle.

USAID’s Director of Education Office, Anne Flaker said, “We are proud that our commitment to the education sector has helped lay the foundations for continued economic growth and development.”

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