The University of Alabama is hosting a two-week higher education leadership training experience for 25 women from 15 Pakistani universities as part of a five-year, $19 million U.S. Agency for international development and in collaboration with the University of Utah.
The Higher Education System Strengthening activity, awarded to Utah last year, aims to address the mismatch of labor force development supply and demand in Pakistan by increasing the employability of the Pakistani workforce through trainings aimed at improving the capacity, relevance, adequacy and inclusiveness of tertiary graduates. One of the components of the grant is leadership development, part of which is offered by the AU through the Women in Higher Education Leadership Exchange Program.
Dr. Susan Carvalho, Vice President and Dean of the UA Graduate School, leads the effort and says the exchange program aims to provide training and support to aspiring and current female leaders in a higher education system. where leadership has historically been male-led, discuss aspects of American higher education and transferable models that can be offered to the Pakistani context, provide insight into potential U.S.-Pakistan partnerships, and provide guidance when each participant implements a project designed for their home campus.
“Our visitors meet prominent women leaders on the AU campus, both in groups and also in pairs, as they follow 14 different female administrators,” Carvalho said. “Activities include workshops on communicating with the Speaking Studio and working sessions to advance their projects on campus. In addition, they have cultural and historical tours in Greensboro, Selma and Birmingham, largely focusing on the racial justice issues of this region and the transferable lessons therein for women leaders in Pakistan.
The exchange visit to UA is one of three parts of the training for the first cohort of women. Additional parts include a six-month online course taught by AU faculty and workshops in Pakistan.
“We hope that additional cohorts will visit each year and that this first group of women will serve as mentors for future cohorts,” Carvalho said. “The exchange visit will not only provide information to the women, but will also increase their visibility as experts on their home campuses, as they will have gained insider insight into how decisions are made at AU. , both in general and in terms of women’s leadership.”
Drs. Steve Burian, Karri Holley, Claire Major, Dana Patton, Lisa Pawloski and Delores Robinson.
Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, [email protected]
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