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Pakistan-US Science and Technology Cooperation Program                                                            
Phase 1 (2005 Deadline)

Development of a Strategic Model for Improvement of Construction Project Management
Education, Research, and Practice in Pakistan

Syed Mahmood Ahmed, Florida International University
Sarosh Hashmat Lodi, NED University of Engineering and Technology
Pakistani Funding (HEC): $275,000
US Funding:   $130,000
Project Dates on US Side: January 1, 2006 - December 15, 2009 (Completed)

Project Overview

According to these researchers, the absence of an integrated system of construction management education, research, and practice in Pakistan has resulted in low output by the country’s construction industry, which is the second largest sector in the Pakistani economy after agriculture. To address this problem, Drs. Ahmed and Lodi designed their project to

  • Investigate the current state of the construction industry in Pakistan;
  • Develop a strategic model for improving construction management education, research, and practice in Pakistan;
  • Devise a framework to standardize construction industry practices for achieving improved performance on cost, time, quality, risk response, aesthetics, reliability, and safety; and
  • Build the construction management capacity of academia, industry, and government.

Major Results

  • Developed strategic model for improvement of construction project management education, research, and practice in Pakistan
  • Published four papers in peer-reviewed journals and delivered 37 presentations at refereed conferences
  • Provided training on construction project management to approximately 680 students (109 female)
  • Involved seven junior researchers, including five on the Pakistani side and two on the U.S. side (three female)
  • Created new course on innovation and entrepreneurship for the Civil Engineering B.Sc. program at University of Engineering and Technology, Texila
  • Established collaboration linkages with six institutes in Pakistan

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