The first cohort in a partnership with leading Pakistani engineering universities – dedicated to researching and developing solutions for Pakistan’s energy needs – was welcomed to ASU in January 2016. The 24 exchange graduate students are part of a project called the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy – directed by Senior Sustainability Scientist Sayfe Kiaei. USPCAS-E aims to fully unlock Pakistan’s economic potential through an educated and involved workforce. It intends to accomplish this by addressing Pakistan's unique energy needs and developing relationships between government, industry and academia to inform sustainable policy. The collaboration is sponsored by Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission and the U.S. Agency for International Development, who awarded ASU $18 million to support the project.