Center for International Development

BSU-IU Partnership

Isra University (IU) welcomed the second delegation from Ball State University (BSU) Indiana, USA as a part of the Isra University & Ball State University Partnership Program. The alliance involves collaboration on building research capacity of the host institute and faculty & research students’ exchange as key ingredients of the partnership.

The delegation consisted of Dr. Kenneth Holland, Project Director IU-BSU Partnership Program and Director of Center for International Development BSU, Dr. Shaheen Borna, Professor of Marketing, Miller College of Business BSU and Mr. Huso Selimovic, Project Coordinator IU-BSU Partnership Program. The delegation stayed for 5 days at the beautiful city of Hyderabad and got engaged in various research seminars, workshops and meetings that primarily focused on the research collaboration and faculty development of Department of Management Sciences, Isra University. 

The topics of the seminars included Research Methods, Business Ethics & Philosophy of Ethics that were open to all the students and faculty members of Isra University whereas more intense topics such as how to prepare a grant proposals, funding issues and more comprehensive means of strengthening and extending the partnership program were discussed among the focus groups of the department. The dialogue also included the mechanism of enhancing library resources and curriculum development opportunities at Isra University.

Apart from these activities, BSU delegation was also taken out on a cultural excursion to Sindhology Department of University of Sindh Jamshoro. The IU-BSU Exchange Program Alumni who visited Ball State University USA in the summer of 2013 under the same partnership program hosted an exclusive dinner for the delegation and key members of the program. 

In the farewell dinner to the BSU delegation Dr. Hameedullah Kazi, Pro-Vice Chancellor Engineering & Management Sciences, Isra University presented cultural souvenirs to the delegation and also expressed his profound gratitude to the delegation and anticipated that frequent exchanges and visits will not only be instrumental in strengthening the ties but will also expose the coalition to diverse collaborative avenues. Dr. Kenneth Holland, on this occasion not only affirmed the future cooperation but also open-heartedly welcomed the next delegation from Isra University that will visit Ball State University Muncie IN, USA in this summer of 2014.