LAHORE: Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) here on Tuesday organised a roundtable discussion on Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN).
Vice chancellors (VCs) and rectors from 11 leading public and private sector universities in Punjab participated in the discussion and shared ideas as to how their institutions can collaborate through HESN and suggested new areas that can be explored via this programme.
PHEC Chairperson Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin chaired the session, while USAID was represented by Provincial Director, Lea Swanson, and Deputy Director Innovation & Partnership Unit, Kanwal Bokharey. The participants learned about the USAID’s HESN programme which is a partnership between USAID and seven top US universities, designed to channel the ingenuity of university students, researchers, and faculty towards global development. HESN has supported Development Labs at these US universities to engage students, researchers and faculty in innovating scientific and technological approaches to the world’s most challenging development problems.
“Through this programme we hope to build partnerships with local universities to identify solutions to development challenges faced by Punjab that are efficient, cost-effective, accessible, and sustainable,” said Ms Swanson.
Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin emphasised the importance of research on development issues in order to address the challenges faced by the province. He added, “I hope that collaborations between universities in Punjab and the USAID would be further explored as a result of this roundtable.”