S.J.S.U Welcomes Third Faculty Exchange with Visiting Professors from Allama Iqbal Open University in Pakistan


On October 30, 2015, San Jose State University [SJSU] welcomed their third faculty exchange with Professors from Allama Iqbal Open University [AIOU]   in Pakistan . (Pictured above is Dr. Afhsan Huma,  Dr. Nasir Mahmood, Dr. Tanveer Afzal, and Ms. Shabnam Shahid first arriving to San Francisco California in the United States).


(Pictured above is Richard Boyum, University Partnerships Coordinator – Afghanistan/Pakistan, and Ms. Shabnam Shahid in one of the many workshops planned for the visitors)

Since their arrival  from our partner university they have been working diligently to participate in workshops, class visits, and cultural events centered around accomplishing the goals of the Pakistan Distance Education Enhancement Program  [PDEEP] grant– increasing distance education capacity for AIOU’s 1.3 million students, mainly women, throughout the provinces of Pakistan.


(Pictured above is our visiting faculty members along with SJSU Professor Minna Holopainen and Debbie Faires in front of the International House)

The most recent endeavor included a welcome lunch that was held at the S.J.S.U’s International House. The S.J.S.U International House is a co-ed residence that houses 70 US and International students.


(Pictured above is Project Director, Mark Adams speaking about the last three years of the grant)


(Pictured above is Ruth Huard, Dean of the College of International and Extended Studies,  Minna Holopainen,Lecturer Communication Studies, and Bobbi Makani, Sr. Director, Collaboration and Academic Technology Integration)

On Friday November 6th, the welcome lunch was held in the dining room located in the International House residence. The event included a vegan lunch, Pakistani music, speeches from all visiting faculty members, and from various S.J.S.U faculty as well. Overall the event was successful in that it had about 25-30 attendees from various areas of S.J.S.U as a way to welcome AIOU faculty and was a great format to discuss what the grant has accomplished as it nears it’s three year deadline.

 The welcome lunch included catering selections from
Pomegranate Café, in San Jose, CA.


S.J.S.U Students from the Pakistani Student
Association  presented a welcome poster
as a gift for AIOU faculty.
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