A college administrator from Pakistan’s Punjab province recently visited Austin Community College to explore ideas for expanding workforce education to women in her country.
Rubina Sarwar, principal of the Government College for Women in Gujranwala City, praised ACC’s open-door policy and student focus.
“There is so much emphasis on the success of the student,” she said. She also was impressed by the resources at ACC Highland, such as the Bioscience Incubator and the ACCelerator, and the campus spaces that allow interaction between students and faculty.
“That, I think, is the heart of your great system,” she said.
Sarwar said economic trends and changing attitudes are drawing more Pakistani women to the workforce. Her college is introducing programs for information technology and accounting/finance, as well as mass media, fine arts, and textile design.
Sarwar’s visit was organized by ACC’s International Programs Office and sponsored by the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the third Pakistani college principal to visit ACC this spring. (See ACC shares insight with college leaders from Pakistan.) All three visitors will share findings with Punjab’s Higher Education Commission.Back to Top