U.S.-PAKISTAN CENTER FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN WATER

OUR MISSION


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.

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


RESEARCH

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.

EDUCATION

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.

ENGAGEMENT

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

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS


RESEARCH

  • 30 research projects completed with funding from USPCASW grants (total 76.62 million PKR / 500,000 USD)
  • 333% Increase in papers published at Mehran University of Engineering & Technology
  • 170 Papers published
  • 8 Policy briefs

EDUCATION

  • 4 MS / 3 Ph.D. degree programs launched and benchmarked against international standards – of these, 3 are unique degrees in Pakistan
  • 292 total students from 2015-2019
  • 167 completed faculty, student, and staff exchange visits to the U.S.
  • 23 training missions to USPCASW

PARTNERSHIP

  • 11 collaborative MOUs signed with governmental and non-governmental organizations
  • 80 internships hosted by 29 different organizations
  • 29 research and capacity building projects funded by government, industry, and civil society organizations
  • Active research partnerships with several industries, including textile, fishery, and irrigation, plus training partnerships with several government departments

EQUITY

  • Raised awareness and introduced policies and practices to support an inclusive and enabling environment for women and other marginalized groups
  • Development and adoption of campus-wide Gender Equity Policy at MUET
  • Establishment and operationalization of Women’s Resource Center at MUET
  • 36% female participation in graduate degree programs
  • 26% female participation in faculty

PRODUCTS


FINAL REPORT

This comprehensive report summarizes the key activities, outputs, and impacts results from the project. Organized according to key project components of Governance, Sustainability, Research, Education, Partnerships, and Equity, the report balances the summary of accomplishments with critical reflection. For each component, the report presents the key lessons learned and recommendations for improvements.

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USPCASW IN REVIEW

This compilation of published stories about USPCASW provides a comprehensive coverage of project highlights intermixed with reflections from project team members and affiliated stakeholders. The highly visual eBook format tells the stories using the imagery capturing the people, places, and events from the project.

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USPCASW GALLERY