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Conference Proceeding

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American Society for Engineering Education

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Columbus, OH



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Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals requires a multi‐pronged approach, with a key element being the development of a trained Community of Practice to sustain the advances in the relevant sectors. The engagement of higher education as a catalyst in the development and capacity building of the next generation of professionals and citizens comprising the Community of Practice is essential to meet the challenges of poverty, climate change, and clean water and to sustain those advances past 2030. This paper describes a capacity building program funded by the United States Agency for International Development to partner the University of Utah, in the United States, with Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, in Pakistan, to create the U.S.‐Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCASW). The USPCASW program includes six core components of Curriculum Reform, Applied Research, Exchanges and Training, Governance, Gender Equity, and Sustainability. This paper describes the project, the activities for each component, and the multi‐level assessment of the program, activities, and impact. The paper also highlights the overarching impact of the program and its alignment with achieving the Sustainable Development Goal for Water. Following the description of the program components and assessment, the paper concludes with a discussion of challenges and lessons learned.


Civil and Environmental Engineering | Engineering Education | Epidemiology | Water Resource Management

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Burian, S. J., & Ward, M., & Banuri, T. J., & Ahmad, S., & Mahar, R. B., & Stevenson, D. L., & VanDerslice, J. A., & Ansari, K., & Qureshi, A. L. (2017, June), Higher Education Capacity Building in Water Resources Engineering and Management to Support Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal for Water in Pakistan Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio.