A major faculty development program in partnership with George Mason University, USA, initiated last year is now in full swing. The two-year program will develop academic leadership of UMT. The program calls for a major external intervention and backs it with subsequent and simultaneous series of internal initiatives at various levels. Two batches of UMT faculty members have already visited George Mason University.
The partnership is already yielding positive results. Gone are the lecture based classes where students were recipients of information only . Discussion based classes and an emphasis on daily goals rather than semester-long goals is the norm now.
The Mason Program was developed by Professor Rebecca Fox in collaboration with her colleagues in Mason’s College of Education and Human Development and UMT officials. The learning outcome goes both ways and the faculty from both universities will meet again in Lahore in 2017.