Harvard Summer Course on Pakistan Offers Seats in ISLAMABAD

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We are writing to inform you of an exciting opportunity for your students and colleagues to take a great Summer 2011 course at Harvard University right here in Islamabad. The course is Social Development in Pakistan, and the announcement appears below. Ten students will be admitted from Pakistan, and they will be invited to join the class in the USA by real-time video conferences on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Most or all of the guest experts for the course will be in Islamabad. The inclusive course fee for Islamabad-based students is $2,690. Selected students must present TOEFL scores equivalent to at least 600 on the paper exam, and they must follow all relevant Harvard deadlines and regulations. They will be able to access Harvard’s electronic resources, and they will receive official Harvard transcripts. Students joining from Pakistan will be responsible for their own conveyance and accommodations in Islamabad.

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN PAKISTAN SAST S-140 (4 credits)
DEPARTMENT OF SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES (also recommended in Anthropology and Government)
HARVARD UNIVERSITY
JUNE 27—August 12
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR ISLAMABAD-BASED STUDENTS: 25 FEBRUARY

This course on Pakistan’s development brings together Harvard Summer School students and Pakistani activists, advocates, and scholars who represent an emerging and vibrant civil society. Video conferencing technology connects two sites, enabling real-time interactions with Islamabad-based implementers of solutions to inequalities and injustices, and with expert conservators. Through conversations with practitioners on the ground, students gain understandings of histories and contexts that embed a vital and intrinsically human development story. Modules cover areas such as education, health care, rural and urban development, micro-finance and rehabilitation, labor and minorities, political and media activism, Sufi sacred space, preservation and progress, and the arts of Pakistan.

Students from other U.S. colleges and universities, adults and professionals, and international students are welcome to join us at Harvard’s 2011 Summer School.  Prospective students can browse the catalogue at www.summer.harvard.edu.

TO APPLY AS AN ISLAMABAD-BASED STUDENT: Email a one-two page resume, proof of TOEFL sore  (if already taken),  most recent college or university transcript, and names and full contact information of two references to:

Maggie Ronkin
ronkinm@hotmail.com

SELECTION DECISIONS LIE WITH THE COURSE INSTRUCTOR, AND APPLICATION MATERIALS CANNOT BE RETURNED. APPLICANTS SELECTED AS ISLAMABAD-BASED STUDENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED AND ENROLLED IN EARLY MARCH.

Best wishes,
Maggie Ronkin, Fayyaz Baqir, and Nadeem Akbar

Since Summer 2010, AHK Resource Center Director Fayyaz Baqir has partnered with Maggie Ronkin to produce videoconferenced course content that highlights participatory development and capacity building in Pakistan. We are proud collaborate to create the only course with this focus and format for U.S.-based students, and to include Pakistan-based students in our pioneering launch of a bilocational classroom in Summer 2011.