The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Donahue Institute Civic Initiative is hosting a U.S. Department of State University Partnership Program with three universities in Quetta. Currently, six visiting faculty members from the University of Balochistan, Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), and Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University are spending the fall semester at UMass Amherst.
The program aims to provide the opportunity for the visiting cohort to improve the teaching of entrepreneurship and management in their home universities. The cohort has traveled around the Northeast and participated in various activities including design thinking workshops, active learning pedagogy sessions, entrepreneurship conferences, including participation in the Pakathon Boston Hackathon and attending their Global Final competition in Washington, D.C.
Throughout the semester, the group has shadowed entrepreneurship and management courses offered at UMass with faculty mentors from the Isenberg School of Management. This cohort is the first of three groups that will be visiting UMass with this program. In the summer of 2017, one cohort of students and one of faculty from all three universities will come to UMass for an intensive five-week program focusing on entrepreneurship, leadership, soft skill development and pedagogy. In addition to the U.S. residency portion of the program there will be two educational summits held in Pakistan as part of the program. The first of the two is scheduled to take place in January 2017 in Karachi.