Next summer, members of the UO faculty will travel to Pakistan’s stunningly beautiful region of Gilgit-Baltistan, where the Hindu Kush meets the Himalaya and Karakoram mountain ranges.
Their mission: to develop, with colleagues at Karakoram International University (KIU), education and research projects that tap the rich cultural and ecological resources of the region.
Professor Anita Weiss (left) discusses with Pakistani counterparts the details of the UO’s new partnership with Karakoram International University in Gilgit, Pakistan.
A $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of State supports this three-year project. Principal investigators are the UO’s Anita Weiss, professor and head of the Department of International Studies, and Jeffrey Hanes, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.
Dennis Galvan, vice provost for international affairs, sees the grant award as a significant recognition of the UO’s growing global standing and as an opportunity for the university to play a key role in relationship-building between the U.S. and the South Asia region.
“It is exciting to have the endorsement of the U.S. Department of State for our expertise in this region of the world,” said Galvan. “This partnership will raise the profile of the UO as an internationally embedded institution with a focus on social entrepreneurship.”
Among the many goals envisioned for the grant are the creation at KIU of a center for excellence in environmental studies, an English institute to assist faculty members in international dissemination of their research, a teaching effectiveness program, and a local business internship program.
This award also attests to the growing strength and visibility of the university’s Southeast Asian Studies Program.