Partnerships and Collaborations
The LUMS SOE model consists of a substantial Partnership and Engagement Programmme (PEP). With a vision to operate at the crucial nexus of research, policy and practice, the LUMS School of Education is in the exploratory phase to develop a network of regional partnerships with private, public, donor and not-for-profit organizations in the education sector. The premier education school is thriving with the objective to enable LUMS to intervene as a thought leader and change maker in a rapidly expanding educational milieu of Pakistan.
Bhakkar as a Partner Lab District
The cornerstone of the MPhil Education Leadership and Management Programme will be the semester-long Practicum, a targeted research exercise that places graduate students within education organizations partnered with the School. To meet this end, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Bhakkar District after an initial engagement, in July 2017, between the SOE Team and Deputy Commissioner Bhakkar. Its mandate is to provide a sustainable space to LUMS SOE faculty and graduate student, in District Bhakkar, for conducting activities centered on a) Research, Policy and Practice, and b) Field Engagement and Immersion Program. The premise of this non-funded partnership is a win-win collaboration that would enable Bhakkar to emerge as a leader in the alleviation of challenges faced by the education and health systems in the District.
Partnerships with Government of Punjab
Through the facilitation of the Chief Minister’s office, the LUMS School of Education has locked partnerships with two bodies of the Government of Punjab – Programme Monitoring and Implementation Unit (PMIU) and School Education Department (SED).
The tripartite data sharing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) entails a research partnership between LUMS School of Education, PMIU and Centre of Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). Its mandate is to enable the LUMS School of Education and Centre of Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP) to share the data provided by PMIU with outside academics, students, researchers, and non-profit users. The collaboration will serve as an opportunity for SOE and CERP to engage in high caliber education research in order to provide inventive insights to PMIU for making evidence based interventions in Punjab.
The LUMS School of Education and School Education Department (SED) have an Umbrella Memorandum of Understanding (UMOU) with the purpose of strengthening collaboration between the public sector and research community for a scalable impact in the education landscape of Punjab.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Impact Challenge (KPIC)
The LUMS School of Education and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sports, Tourism, Culture, Archaeology, Museums and Youth Affairs Department are in conversation to establish a Service Level Agreement between LUMS and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Government in the near future. The legally binding partnership, spearheaded by the LUMS School of Education, includes LUMS Centre of Entrepreneurship (LCE) as the execution partner, the Institute of Management Sciences (IMSciences) as the local implementing partner and the Bank of Khyber as a strategic partner. Its mandate is to devise a strategy for the prosperous future and career progression of the KP youth (between 14 – 29 years of ages) by providing them with entrepreneurial training and economic opportunities. The collaboration seeks to contribute towards the School’s objective to conduct activities focused on research, policy and practice in the education landscape of a globally marginalized region of the world.
Over the course of the project planning phase, the LUMS School of Education extended its reach to Sindh through the inaugural LUMS – AKU-IED Regional Roundtable, in December 2016. The two day conference served as a stepping stone in exploring linkages in Sindh and Balochistan.
The School is actively pursuing initiatives in the private education sector to seek opportunities for linkages and partnerships.