Ball State’s Center for International Development Receives Two $1 Million Grants to Strengthen Pakistani Universities
On August 15, 2012, Ball State received two grants from the U.S. State Department to partner with universities in Pakistan--Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad and Isra University in Hyderabad, near Karachi. Ball State and the University of Texas--Austin were the first two American universities to receive grants from the State Department's new initiative to improve relations between Pakistan and the United States through collaboration in higher education. UT-Austin is partnered with Fatima Jinnah Women University in Rawalpindi. Ball State will focus on helping Quaid-i-Azam University improve its American Studies program and Isra University its program in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. Each award is for $1 million and has duration of three years. Faculty members from the College of Sciences and Humanities, Teachers College and Miller College of Business will travel to Pakistan to meet their colleagues and Pakistani faculty members will come to Ball State for intensive professional development workshops in the summer. These grants are part of the university's decision to expand significantly the Center for International Development, which will have a larger staff and new offices on the second floor of Carmichael Hall. On August 17th, Dr. Ken Holland left his position as Dean of the Rinker Center for International Programs to serve as the full-time Director of CID. The award of the partnership with Quaid-i-Azam to Ball State is especially significant since Quaid-i-Azam is the premier university in Pakistan and educates many of its leaders.
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