Punjab University Join hands with University of Arizona
LAHORE: (Monday, December 18, 2017): Punjab University and Arizona State University, USA have agreed to establish academic writing centre at PU to improve academic writing skills of PU faculty members. The initiative was discussed in a meeting of PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir with representatives of US Department of State and ASU at VC office here on Monday. PU Dean Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences Prof Dr Zakria Zakir, US Department of State Public Affairs Officer Michael D. Guinan, ASU’s Hardt Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies and Professor of History Dr Yasmin Siakia,
Assistant Dean for Research and International Programs Associate Professor Dr B. Willima Silcock, Associate Professor Dr Dawn R. Gilpin, Assistant Professor Chad Haines, US Department of State’s Provincial Coordinator Alumni Affairs Mr Jamal Ghazanfar and Prof Dr Rubina Zakar were present on the occasion. Addressing the meeting, PU VC Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir expressed his keen interest in uplifting academic skills of the faculty members. He stressed the need to enhance collaboration between the universities of the two countries to learn from each others’ experience and knowledge. Mr Michael said that through universities partnership program, the research skills of faculty members were being developed. He said that US academics were interested to play their role in capacity building of Pakistani scholars. He said that the ‘marriage’ between the two largest public sector universities of Pakistan and US would help understand each other and contribute creation of new knowledge in different fields. He said that he was enjoying the hospitality of Pakistani people and it was good time. Dr Silcock, while giving a briefing on the partnership program with Punjab University, said that ASU faculty members were imparting advanced research skills to PU faculty members during their four months visit to ASU. He said that PU faculty members participate in seminar, workshops and conferences where ideas, research skills, knowledge and experiences were exchanged. He said that there was need to strengthen such programs as there was a lot of potential in research and development. Dr Chad said that the PU faculty members would play as agents of change and this relationship between the two universities would grow stronger and remove certain misconceptions.