NAPA, University of Texas ink accord

KARACHI: National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) and University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) inked an accord for the promotion of academic and cultural exchange.United States (US) Consul General Michael Dodman and NAPA president Zia Mohyeddin signed the agreement for formalising a partnership between NAPA and the UT-Austin. This partnership would build NAPA’s institutional capacity to support Pakistan’s rich cultural and musical heritage and enhances mutual understanding between the people of the US and Pakistan through the universal language of music, said Dodman during the ceremony. The NAPA UT-Austin partnership is a three-year agreement that will build the creative capacity for teachers and students by providing skills in music composition, music theory, orchestration and training in areas such as piano, voice, string instruments and conducting. Since 2012, the US has invested $17 million to establish 20 university partnerships throughout Pakistan, including four in Sindh province to support capacity building through two-way exchange visits, professional development for faculty, joint research, and curriculum reform. The other three partnerships in Sindh province included University of Karachi-George Mason University (Public Policy and Public Administration), Isra University-Ball State University (Business Administration) and Indus University-Southern Polytechnic State University (New Media Arts, Information Design and Communication). Additionally there is a partnership between Sukkur IBA-Johnson Community College (Community College Best Practices). The ceremony was followed by a concert of Pakistani-American fusion music celebrating the partnership performed by a group composed of three American diplomats, including Cultural Attaché Phillip Assis and local Pakistani musicians. 

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