Ball State University has engaged in a three year partnership with Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan. The partnership will improve the American Studies program through the following measures:
The partnership will raise the capacity of the Area Study Centre for Africa, North and South America at Quaid-i-Azam University to provide a high-quality postgraduate program in studies of the United States. The partnership includes the following areas: government and politics, international relations, history, art, literature, research methodology, and the philosophical, social, scientific and historical aspects of religion in the United States. Activities include faculty and student exchanges, curriculum development, long distance teaching via internet/digital video conferencing, exchange of resource materials and publications of mutual interest, collaborative research, professional development for faculty, international conferences and joint supervision of Masters’ theses and doctoral dissertations.
Ball State will assist in the strengthening of existing and development of new courses and seminars on research methods and work with lecturers and students in designing research projects. The relationship will be two-way, with Quaid-i-Azam academic staff and students traveling to Ball State University for intensive workshops and BSU faculty traveling to Pakistan to conduct on-site training and collaborate on research. The linkage will provide opportunities for Ball State faculty to conduct research in Pakistan with Quaid-i-Azam colleagues, publish jointly authored academic papers, organize international conferences and teach students at both BSU and Quaid-i-Azam in classes brought together in real-time through DVC. Ball State and Quaid-i-Azam students will form relationships with each other through the shared classes. The project meets a major objective of Quaid-i-Azam in providing regular American input into the studies of the United States curriculum. The linkage between Quaid-i-Azam and Ball State University will promote mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and Pakistan.
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