IVS, Southern Polytechnic State University strike accord

KARACHI: The officials of Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS) and Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) formally signed a three-year partnership agreement on Tuesday at a ceremony held in Karachi.

Funded by a grant from the US Department of State, the partnership will seek to develop IVS’s communication design program, enhancing faculty skills and ensuring that graduates have the technical skills set to build careers in marketing and communication. US Consul General Michael Dodman attended the ceremony.

Speaking at the event, Dodman said, “Educating younger generation is the key to Pakistan’s future, that is why the United States is committed to improving educational opportunities in Pakistan. Because of the partnership between IVS and SPSU, IVS graduates will be better equipped with the modern communication skills and technical expertise needed to be successful in Pakistan’s growing marketing and communication industries.”

Since 2012, the US has invested $17 million to establish 20 university partnerships throughout Pakistan, including four in Sindh Province, to support capacity building through two-way exchange visits, professional development for faculty, joint research, and curriculum reform.

The IVS-SPSU partnership is a three-year agreement during which faculty from both schools will partner on collaborative research and curriculum development in subjects including: new media arts, game design, information design and communication, and visual communications.

As part of the agreement, IVS faculty will visit SPSU’s campus in Georgia and receive first-hand professional development on contemporary marketing skills and educational technology. IVS students will also be selected to attend one semester at SPSU. The partnership will culminate with a joint conference in Karachi on an aspect of communication design.

Situated in Marietta, Georgia, SPSU is part of Georgia’s state university system and is often referred to as “Georgia’s Technology University.”

SPSU’s 5,500 students from 36 states and 64 countries pursue degrees in engineering and engineering technology, sciences, applied liberal arts, and business.

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