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The U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water is training a new generation of engineers and water professionals in order to solve the water security challenges of the twenty-first century.

core activities


USPCAS-W invests in its partners through:

  • technical and professional training programs
  • modernized water-related curriculum and teaching
  • mentoring practices
  • faculty and student experiential exchange programs

Person-to-person contact and sustained coordination are crucial for long-term results. Capacity building is not a quick fix. It is an investment in human potential.

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The USPCAS-W program brings students and educators from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology to the University of Utah for:

  • semester-long international student exchange program
  • on-going training and professional development opportunities

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Through a stakeholder co-creation process, USPCAS-W facilitates an applied research program that makes the work of the higher education community useful and relevant to

  • industry
  • governments, and
  • local communities

in addressing the challenges of water security. The Center’s approach merges engineering, economics, science, public policy, human health, and law.

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The U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water fosters Pakistan’s water security through collaborative and applied research, innovations in curriculum and technology, technical training, leadership, policy development, gender equity, and advocacy.


In Pakistan, reliable drinking water is accessible to less than 15% of the population, inadequate sanitation contributes to preventable waterborne diseases leading to a child’s death every two minutes, and inefficient management of water leads to losses greater than 50%.

To forge solutions to these and other challenges inhibiting education, health, and stability in Pakistan, USAID formed a strategic partnership between the University of Utah and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) in 2015. The result is USPCAS-W, a partnership that fosters a nexus of higher education, government, business and communities working together to effectively guide sustainable development policy through water research.

The USPCAS-W leverages the strengths of each partner. The U Water Center brings expertise in trans-disciplinary water research, global engagement, technology and venture commercialization, and faculty development. MUET brings the water sector network, curriculum, and community interface to the collaboration.


  • Safe and reliable drinking water and sanitation systems
  • Improved performance of water and wastewater utilities
  • Effective wastewater treatment, water quality protection, and water-related ecosystem restoration
  • Efficient water use leading to greater productivity and prosperity
  • Resilient and sustainable water management reversing groundwater depletion, mitigating water scarcity, and reducing flood impacts

key accomplishments

  • Enrolled more than 90 graduate students and hosted more than 40 semester exchanges
  • Initiated four graduate degree programs
  • Awarded 13 research seed grants to date
  • Conducted on average three training missions to Pakistan per year
  • Launched three multi-institution research projects

Strategic Approach

How do we empower individuals and institutions to solve real-world water problems?

We tap the potential of higher education in Pakistan to create innovations in research and education

Renowned water experts from the University of Utah and supporting institutions, including Colorado State University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and City College of New York, partner with faculty in Pakistan to:

  • form trans-disciplinary and cross-cultural research teams
  • facilitate student and faculty exchanges, and
  • empower Communities-of-Practice

USPCAS-W employs a train-the-trainer philosophy to extend the capacity of the partnering institutions so they can support, through an escalating process, capacity building at other institutions.


This program is made possible by the support of the United States Government and the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the sole responsibility of the University of Utah and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.