Center for Learning Excellence (CLE)
Universities around the globe focus on developing the competencies and capabilities of their faculty and staff along with focusing on developing the capacities of industry professionals. This focus rests on the premise of lifelong learning. The trend is evident in the majority of the universities of developed countries. This focus ultimately is translated by advanced universities to target universities across the developing world. It is vital for universities of developing countries such as Pakistan to establish such centers that can not only foster international collaborations in terms of capacity building of their human resources but also can be transformed for research and development.
Center for Learning Excellence (CLE) offers many opportunities for training programs for faculty and staff. It also provides a platform to the industry for capacity building, recognizes market opportunities to utilize the expertise of faculty and staff. Currently working with two main projects of Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and academic without borders (AWB).
To revolutionize the working environment and practices through emerging knowledge and technologies.
To identify capacity issues in the global scenario and enhance the competencies of faculty and staff for competitive positioning.
CLE is situated at the center of FJWU’s beautiful campus. CLE training sessions will be both online and on campus. The main purpose of this is to create an environment modified with the current need or crises. On-campus facilities include proper classrooms with furniture and technology.
Keeping in view the trends across the globe as well as nationally, Fatima Jinnah Women University, the pioneer women university of Pakistan has established the Center for Learning Excellence in collaboration with Academia without borders and Manitoba University.
The mandate of this center will be to build capacities of faculty and staff of the University as well as target different universities of the country. This mandate is further extended to industries and communities for developing their capacities and competencies to overcome problems through research and training.
Faculty and Staff Development Unit
FJWU has for the past two decades experienced growth and development, in all disciplines. In order to keep pace with dynamic changes evident in academia and industry, upgrading the capabilities of faculty members has become of utmost importance. The center will provide facilitation in this regard.
The following will provide directions to the center:
i. To identify areas requiring training for capacity building of members of the university i.e. faculty, staff, students.
ii. To design and provide training for specified needs of faculty members for enhancing capacities internally and externally.
One of the sources of generating a skilled labor force is higher educational institutes. Though academia, many times, falls short of the changing patterns in the practical world. Resulting in the unproductive usage of human resources that negatively affects the quality of output produced. In order to bridge the gap, enhancing capacity is incontestably significant. Faculty needs to be equipped with skills to generate competent graduates, who would in turn become an efficient labor force.
b. Major Issue addressed by Center
Keeping in view the accelerated rate of growth and development of faculty across the globe, FJWU is striving to bring its members at par with thriving universities’ faculty. However, the limitation of resources, the struggling higher education sector in Pakistan, and increasing industry needs, pose considerable challenges. Therefore, it is imperative to determine lacuna and likewise train university members so that they are equipped to provide flawless educational services to students who come at par with industry requirements.
c. Proposed Interventions
In order to build capacity, a needs assessment will serve as the initial step. The data collected from the university members will direct the center to pinpoint areas of improvement among hierarchical rungs. All across disciplines, teaching quality, classroom management, teaching mechanics, assessments, professional ethics and manners, counseling, feedback, and supervision are among those relevant areas requiring capacity enhancement.
The training will enable university members in the aforementioned areas, address specific needs as would be supported by statistical analysis of the data collected. The pre and post comparisons of training will highlight its effectiveness, facilitating trainers to update the content to better suit the needs of trainees.
d. Proposed Partners
The prospective partners are trainers (within & outside the university), consultancies, training agencies, and HEC. These will be mutually beneficial relations on campus and with the external community while further strengthening collaborations.
e. Proposed Beneficiaries
Firstly, the benefited parties are the members of FJWU. The faculty will improve in scholarship, sustainable learning, and contributions to their respective fields and citizenry.
The high-quality human resources will be in a better position to generate intellectually developed and skillful graduates, through an enabling environment, which will result in the competency development of involved institutions.
At the end, holistically the institution will move a step further in scholarship, knowledge creation, and sustainable linkages in the long run.
Executive Development Unit
Universities around the world strive for knowledge creation and integration. Apparently in Pakistan, knowledge integration continues to face challenges, especially within the realm of integration between universities and industries. To fill this gap, few universities in Pakistan have taken initiatives by establishing their own Centers for Professional Development, however, apart from scant corporate sector outreach; it is the public sector that remains overtly under-served.
FJWU is of the view that limited options exist for effective professional development including those for women. Therefore, FJWU CLE would primarily focus on women and also include men and Transgender. Through innovative approaches with a mix of national, international, private, and public sector professionals, tailor-made programs, diverse innovative and cutting-edge offerings, and through providing a platform of policy-level dialogue, the Center would establish itself as a hallmark of professional competence and integration in Pakistan.
The Center will offer non-degree professional programs for management cadre, managers, and leaders led by accomplished industrial experts, FJWU faculty, external experts, and faculty of all international universities, as needed.
The Center primary will deliver the programs through the in-house faculty of FJWU and, when needed, national and international university faculty and development/industrial experts will be engaged.
b. Target audience
The target beneficiaries include professionals from the public and private sector, civil society/not-for-profit sector, academia, researchers, and other thematic stakeholders, such as media houses, parliamentarians, etc.
Mode of Operation
CLE will perform specifically to gauge the capacities needed to be enhanced and will supply for the areas requiring training. This is expected to push the performance level in the upward direction. The faculty members with expertise in the field of human resources development and education can render services for training their colleagues. Alongside, professional trainers can be hired for the said purpose. Although requiring additional resources, they will bring along a diversity of experience and exposure to broaden the horizon of performance and understanding of faculty members.
The Center for Learning Excellence would help the target audience to achieve their full potential and improve the efficiency of their organization. With multiple training programs being offered, the center would become a self-sustaining unit and would integrate FJWU into the corporate and public sectors.