‘Citi and SEDC Working for Capacity Building’

Friday, April 20, 2012

KARACHI: Citi Pakistan and the Social Enterprise Development Centre (SEDC) at LUMS are collaborating on a capacity building project, supported by $50,000 grant from Citi Foundation. The aim is to create stronger linkages between higher education institutions and the industry. We are optimistic such a community project will reiterate over 50 years of commitment to Pakistan and further strengthen longstanding partnership with LUMS,’ said Aliuddin Ahmed, acting country officer for Citi Pakistan.

This programme is another initiative by Citi-LUMS to bolster academia-industry linkages in Pakistan and improve employment opportunities for youth. “The idea behind the project is to make higher education more relevant for the industry and the community, so graduates are more marketable and adds greater value to society,” said Dr Syed Zahoor Hassan, Professor at Suleman Dawood School of Business. The project has been designed to better understand to what extent universities in Pakistan are currently equipped to engage with industries and the communities.

Primary data is being extrapolated from a diverse set of universities across various parts of the country to explore the unique philosophy being followed by each academic institution, regarding their strategic focus on academia-industry linkages, design and development of the curriculum, teaching and laboratory work, career counseling, guidance and placement of students. staff report.

Source: Daily Times (link opens in a new window)

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