LAHORE - Citi Pakistan and the Social Enterprise Development Centre at LUMS are collaborating on a capacity building project, which aims to create stronger linkages between higher education institutions and the industry. This project is supported by $50,000 grant from the Citi Foundation. ‘This program is another initiative by Citi-LUMS to bolster academia-industry linkages in Pakistan and improve employment opportunities for our youth. This year marks Citi’s 200th year globally and we are optimistic that such a community project will reiterate over 50 years of commitment to Pakistan and further strengthen our longstanding partnership with LUMS,’ said Aliuddin Ahmed, Acting Country Officer for Citi Pakistan.

The project has been designed to better understand to what extent universities in Pakistan are currently equipped to engage with industries and the communities. As part of this latest Citi-LUMS partnership, primary data is being extrapolated from a diverse set of universities across various parts of the country to explore the unique philosophy being followed by each academic institution, regarding their strategic focus on academia-industry linkages, design and development of the curriculum, teaching and laboratory work, career counselling, guidance and placement of students.