Joint Presentation by AIOU and SJSU Professors at 2013 Asian Association of Open Universities Conference [AAOU]

By Shreya Chandrasekhar, PDEEP Student Assistant

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, SJSU Professor Ashraf Shirani and AIOU Professor Naveed Sultana presented their research “Preparing IT Graduates in Pakistan for Globally Distributed Work” at the 2013 Asian Association of Open Universities Conference in Islamabad, Pakistan. The paper was co-written by SJSU Professor Malu Roldan, AIOU Professor Moiz Ahmed, and AIOU Professor Mohammad Daud. In addition to an international audience of educators and academics, the US Dept. of State representatives Judith Ravin, Acting Country Cultural Affairs Attaché, and Tanveer Hassan, Public Affairs Section, US Embassy attended.

An excerpt summary of a few of the quotes from their session:

We believe that the benefits of education are not fully realized until students … are able to work. Academic preparation and work are two sides of the same coin. The overall objective of our work is enabling IT graduates to remotely participate in work within Pakistan and globally. Young adults can be a resource, if properly prepared, for national and social development, but cultural skills, communication and collaboration skills, and soft skills are all necessary.”

Professor Naveed Sultana, AIOU

Professor Naveed Sultana, AIOU

Professor Ashraf Shirani, SJSU

Professor Ashraf Shirani, SJSU

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