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UK Staff and Faculty Visit Pakistan to Connect with Academic and Corporate Leaders

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The University of Kentucky is working with business schools in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province, located in northwest Pakistan along the Afghanistan border, to enhance Pakistan’s academic and research capacity.

This partnership was established through the three-year “Partnership in Business Administration in the KP Pakistan" project, which began in October of 2012.

UK faculty and staff visited Islamabad, Pakistan this September to meet with the vice chancellors of the consortium schools in order to foster continued collaboration. The UK faculty and staff will also meet with multinational corporations in Islamabad, such as Alltech, to discuss how they could become involved with this project.

“One of our principal goals was to convince our university partners of the value of developing relationships with private sector companies, to get advice on curricula and programs, to make sure that they’re providing their students the education that they need in the workplace, and to see if they can create internships, or, better yet, employment opportunities for their graduates, “ said Gary Gaffield, UK associate provost for international partnerships.

The UK group also met with the founder and CEO of K&N’s Poultry, Khalil Sattar.  K&N’s is an Alltech customer and the largest poultry producer in Pakistan (it also happens to be KFC’s sole supplier of chickens in Pakistan, so there’s a second Kentucky connection as well). 

“It would be difficult to exaggerate how pleased we were by the visit and how much was accomplished,” said Gaffield.

The “Partnership in Business Administration in the KP Pakistan“ project is a $1.7 million grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of State. The Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the U.S. Consulate General in Peshawar are facilitating the program to support higher education in Pakistan and to increase collaborations between U.S. and Pakistani universities.

The mission of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad — and the consulate generals in Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi — is to promote bilateral ties between the United States and Pakistan and to foster economic and commercial relations. Embassy activities focus on strengthening democratic institutions; promoting nonproliferation and regional stability; fighting international terrorism; combating narcotics production and trafficking; and fostering expanded trade and investment.