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International Summit on Shaping the Future of Higher Education in Pakistan

June 10-12, 2024  |   Islamabad


•To bring together leaders and decision makers from universities, industry, and government to hold a dialogue on trends that continue to shape the future of higher education locally and globally.
•To foster knowledge sharing and partnership building opportunities among attendees from diverse backgrounds.
•To showcase success stories and exemplary academic and research practices triggered by HESSA's capacity-building interventions within partner universities.

The USAID’s Higher Education System Strengthening Activity (HESSA) is organizing an International Summit on Shaping the Future of Higher Education in Pakistan from June 10-12, 2024 in Islamabad. The summit is designed to address a spectrum of socioeconomic and knowledge-sharing objectives. We aim to facilitate discussions on key higher education trends, policy issues, and showcase the impactful efforts of USAID in supporting Pakistan's socioeconomic development through higher education initiatives. As such this summit is set to be a pivotal event in shaping the trajectory of higher education in Pakistan. The summit will feature a dynamic agenda comprising plenary sessions, thematic discussions, panel sessions, and the showcasing of best academic and governance practices. We are privileged to host international and national higher education thought leaders, who will share their expertise and ideas to chart the course for a more robust and responsive higher education landscape in Pakistan.


Monday, 10 June 2024

Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Wednesday, 12 June 2024

 Session 1: Positioning Pakistan's Higher Education for Tomorrow 

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Session 2: Optimizing Faculty Workload: Challenges and Policies 

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Session 3: Fostering Entrepreneurship Culture in Higher Education Institutions 

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Session 4: Navigating Tomorrow: Cultivating Higher Education Online and Micro-Credentials in Traditional Landscapes 

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Session 5: Climate Responsive Water Governance within the Context of Sustainable Development 

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Session 6: Leadership and Governance Crisis in Pakistani Universities 

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Showcasing HESSA Best Practices 


Session 7: Enhancing Students’ Success through Integrated Support Systems 

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Session 8: 

Innovations in Teaching and Learning for Higher Impact 

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Session 9: 

Strengthening Women Leadership Capacities in Higher Education 

Session 10: The Importance of University-Industry Linkages for Pakistan’s Economic Growth 

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Session 11: Bridging Academics and Administration: Role of Registrars 

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Session 12: Addressing Capacity Building Needs of Higher Education Faculty 

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*All times are in Pakistan Standard Time (PKT)


HESSA Project, University of Utah, SLC, USA

Dr. Michael Barber, Project Director HESSA,

Dr. M. Aslam Chaudhry (Convenor), Associate Project Director HESSA,


HESSA Project, Islamabad, Pakistan

Dr. Kenneth Holland, Chief of Party HESSA,

Dr. Ayesha Razzaque, Deputy Chief of Party HESSA,

Mr. Arsal Latif, Communication Expert,

Mr. Naveed Ali, Operations Manager,



This program is made possible by the support of the United States Government and the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the sole responsibility of the University of Utah and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the U.S. Government.