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[QUOTE=Jhon Malik;86546][B][COLOR=#ff6600][B][U]Cross-Border Academic Collaborations Inspiring Excellence[/U][/B][/COLOR][/B]

[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Georgia][B]Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 1, 2013:[/B] Habib University (HU) hosted a two-day international workshop in Colombo, Sir Lanka on July 30. The Habib University Curriculum Design Workshop was held with an aim to develop world-class and contextualized curricula for its ground breaking Liberal Arts programme with the support of leading academics from the United States, Canada, the Middle East and India.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Georgia]The workshop was chaired by Mr. Wasif Rizvi, President, Habib University. The discussions were led and moderated by Dr. Nauman Naqvi, Acting Dean & Founding Faculty, School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Habib University. Faculty from 9 universities from around the world actively participated in the workshop and lent their rich academic experience towards the creation of robust liberal arts curricula.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Georgia]The workshop was organized as part of HU’s efforts to build a preeminent institution of higher learning, dedicated to enriching individual lives and engaging society through teaching, research and service. The focus of the discussions was around the development of a contextualized curricula to ensure a holistic educational environment inspiring students to excel in their chosen fields of study.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Georgia]“The varied experiences of the participants assisted us to learn from global practices and benefit from a range of teaching methods,” said Wasif Rizvi. “This is one of many workshops that will be held to establish global academic networks.”[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Georgia]The panel discussion addressed the role of a liberal arts education in creating knowledge rather than just imparting it and the participants charted out innovative avenues of curriculum design and creating a holistic and rooted academic pedagogy. The workshop ended with a farewell dinner hosted by Mr. Wasif Rizvi.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333][FONT=Georgia]The success of the workshop was not only in achieving the objectives set out, but was a testament to the truism that knowledge and academia are independent of politics and can be instruments of cross-border collaborations and affiliations. It is hoped that the global networks will support the establishment of a highest quality educational experience and HU’s endeavors to promote creativity, academic freedom and exchange of ideas to encourage the creation of knowledge.


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