In a bid to offer better learning opportunities to students, the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) has renewed its partnership with a US-backed reading room.
In this regard, US Embassy Counselor for Public Affairs Kathryn Crockart and the FJWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Samina Amin Qadir signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to renew the partnership with the Susan B Anthony Reading Room.
“Dr Qadir expressed her appreciation for the opportunities to build exchanges and research capabilities with US academic institutions that the embassy has helped foster through the reading room,” read a statement issued on Thursday.
Crockart underlined the importance and value that women bring to society and the workforce.
The room had been first established in 2008 and was the result of a decade-long partnership between the FJWU and the US Embassy in Islamabad.
The room is named after Susan B Anthony, a nineteenth-century American known for her advocacy of women’s suffrage and education for women, improved working conditions, and the abolition of slavery.
The room regularly organises programmes for university students, faculty, and guests focusing on English language learning, educational advising, exam resources, US exchange alumni, cultural programmes apart from offering information about the United States.
The reading room’s book and writing clubs are said to be frequented the most.
With the room’s ‘Friends of the Corner’ volunteer programme providing students with opportunities to enhance their learning experience and position them for professional careers, Crockart congratulated a graduating group of volunteers for their contributions and commitment. Crockart then distributed certificates of recognition amongst the volunteers.
The reading room is part of the US embassy’s network of 18 Lincoln Corners in Pakistan. Lincoln Corners are resource centers and event spaces hosted in partnership with Pakistani libraries, universities, and cultural centers.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 9th, 2018.