U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water at the University of Utah (USPCASW, UU) is a world class education and applied research center dedicated to resolving Pakistan’s water crises through applied research, developing specialist human resource and technologies; academia-industry collaboration; and policy formulation.

USPCASW is part of the Centers for Advanced Studies (CAS) program funded by USAID. Under the CAS Program, universities from U.S. with expertise in agriculture, water, and energy will be connected as sister schools with Pakistani universities and conduct joint applied research, student and faculty exchanges, joint revision of curriculum, and conferences. By the end of the program, the three centers will be ready to serve as research hubs, policy think tanks, and incubators for innovation to mitigate Pakistan’s key development challenges.

USPCASW, UU is generating cost-effective and sustainable solutions to Pakistan’s challenges related to water, while educating the next generation of scientists, engineers, and policy makers through innovative academic programs and empowering women scientists and researchers to actively participate in applied research to solve Pakistan’s contemporary problems.

Main Activities

  • Award 250 graduate degree scholarships per center
  • Support 50 applied research projects per center
  • Support 50 internships with the private sector per center
  • Establish a council for research and policy (i.e., think tank) at each center
  • Establish at least five public-private partnerships or global development alliances
  • Develop at least 20 courses at each center that meet international standards
  • Provide state of the art equipment and upgrade facilities for researchers


USAID – The United States and Pakistan have worked together for over 60 years. This cooperation is fostering Pakistan’s economic and social progress as well as reinforcing the country’s role in the world. In October 2009, the passage of the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act by the U.S. Congress, also known as the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Bill, launched a new era of development collaboration between the two countries.  Since that time, over $3.5 billion worth of support has been delivered to Pakistan through U.S. civilian assistance programs focusing on energy, economic growth (including agriculture), community infrastructure in areas affected by violence, education, and health. Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies are one of the latest projects to improve stability and security in the region.

University of Utah – The University of Utah was founded in 1850, with classes held wherever space could be found. In 1900 the University first moved to land owned by Fort Douglas and now takes up 1,534 acres. As the state’s flagship university, the U offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and more than 92 graduate degree programs. With a long running tradition of academic and research excellence, the U has long been involved in a wide variety of projects reaching across the globe.