FJWU Team Delivers Faculty Development Training with Universities of Punjab & Federal Capital

Project team of Fatima Jinnah Women University under a US-Pakistan University Partnerships Grants Program funded by US Government and administered by the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), completed three days extensive training on Curriculum Development involving partner universities of Punjab Province and Federal Capital including Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi & Kohsar University, Murree. The project aims to strengthen teaching and research capacity in Pakistani universities through collaborative partnership in Social Sciences. The project lead Dr. Aneela Maqsood, Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences, briefed the project targets and deliverables to the participants of partner universities. Prof. Dr. Rubina Hanif, Director National Institute of Psychology, Quaid-i-Azam University and Focal Person from QAU inaugurated the workshop opening as Chief Guest. Prof. Dr. Shazia Khalid, Head of Department of Psychology, National University of Medical Sciences attended the event as Guest of Honour. The honorable guests spoke on the need and effectiveness of faculty development programs in universities.

The workshop modules are based on indigenous needs as well as the global perspective of quality curriculum and teaching skills. The ‘Faculty Development Training Framework’ is developed under the advisory of Vice Chancellor Dr. Saima Hamid. Pakistan consultant trainers from Fatima Jinnah Women University include Dr. Aneela Maqsood, Dr Adeela Rehman, Dr Shazia Hashmat, and Dr Shaheryar Naveed. Pakistan trainers provided training on the methods of developing course outlines, integrating technology in classrooms, curriculum evaluation in higher education, and various aspects of teaching pedagogical skills. From United States, Prof Michael Hirsch (Dean College of Arts & Sciences, Huston-Tillotson University) and Dr. Sadaf Sajjad (Associate Professor Community College Austin) provided training on quality curriculum and incorporating global aspects of curriculum development.