Anyone who has been involved with higher education cannot undermine the fact that there is a change underway in our higher education system. Multifariously, the transformation mirrors that of the economy as a whole. No longer can a university isolate itself from the outside world. Higher education is in the midst of a major transformation that is fundamentally redefining the relationship of universities to the broader community. This transformation is occurring at every level of higher education, from undergraduate to research-intensive doctoral domains. It is becoming an increasingly global phenomenon as universities around the world seek to redefine themselves in ways that will enable them to become significant actors in the modern, knowledge-based economy.
Keeping itself congruent to these transformations BUITEMS is becoming fully integrated member of its community and environment in ways large and small, contributing to the physical environment through campus architecture and the cultural environment by fostering creativity and expression. The University and its community have become inextricably linked through economic and geographic ties. This evolving relationship presents both sides with opportunities and challenges, and BUITEMS realizes that a spirit of cooperation can yield mutually beneficial results for all stakeholders; the University may need to expand its campus, and a city may be looking to revitalize an industrial zone, or a small business may be looking to expand its sales. It has been proven internationally through extensive case studies, that maintenance of positive relationships between universities and their publics add value to a university itself and the communities they serve.
The presence of a university can have both a direct and indirect impact in bringing economic development and opportunity to a region. I have found that the quality of an area’s educational system, particularly higher education, can be the difference-maker when negotiating economic development deals such as CPEC’s ubiquity within the province of Balochistan. Within BUITEMS currently, there is a growing interest in considering how best to assist the learning for professional occupations across region. This interest is arising from the increased emphasis within the University on programs that aim to prepare students for specific occupational outcomes usually for the professions, and growing expectations that these graduates will be job ready and able to engage in and move smoothly into effectively practicing their profession. Consequently, today, BUITEMS graduates are increasingly expected to possess the capacities to make a smooth transition into effective professional practice. All of this is made possible through educational programs that are being developed at the University with occupationally specific forms of conceptual, procedural, and dispositional capacities that comprise the canonical knowledge of the occupation and efforts have been directed to inculcate a reflexively critical capacity that prepares BUITEMS students to monitor, evaluate, and improve practice across working life.