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Pakistan Women Advancement Program

Opening doors to opportunity and prosperity

The Program for Women’s Advancement is a 16-month program delivered in Brampton, Ontario, Canada and co-developed by Algoma University and the Canada-Pakistan Business Council.

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The program provides opportunity for qualified women from Pakistan to study in Canada at the university level while benefiting from a comprehensive set of wrap around support services. Students have the opportunity to earn a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Algoma University while also benefiting from a customized program of co-curricular support and activities, including pre-arrival orientation, a student mentorship program, field trips, and a career mentorship program. In their final term of study, qualified students complete an internship in which they practice new skills in a Canadian work context.

Throughout the experience, students will learn about entrepreneurship while building connections in a global and Canadian context. There will also be plenty of opportunity to engage with students, faculty, industries, not-for-profit organizations, and business owners in Canada.


The program will help women further their opportunities in their business ventures so candidates can meet their desired goals in entrepreneurship with a solid understanding of the business world.

Students may also qualify for an internship, based on their performance.

While Algoma has all the academics in place, CPBC will engage its very own partner organization CPCE, (Canada Pakistan Council for Education), operating under the umbrella of CPBC, to provide support to Algoma in Pakistan. CPBC will bring in their vast network in Canadian business community for mentorship opportunities for students during the duration of this program.

Accepted applicants may qualify for bursaries and there maybe sponsorship opportunities through Canada Pakistan Business Council (CPBC). Accepted applicants must send their credentials to CPBC with proof of acceptance.

More than an academic experience, the Program for Women’s Advancement is a holistic learning opportunity for aspiring women interested in gaining global perspectives, skills, and work experience in a Canadian context. Based on Algoma University’s Brampton campus, the program is delivered in one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, Brampton, Ontario. Algoma University’s Brampton campus is in the heart of downtown with access to city and regional transit with restaurants, shops, entertainment, and culture all steps from the building. Through a strong partnership between Algoma University (AU) and the Canada Pakistan Business Council (CPBC), students will benefit from exposure to a network of mentors and business owners. In their final semester, qualified students will complete an internship in a work setting where they will practice new skills and learn more about the Canadian workplace. Program participants will find support and friendship as part of a cohort of like-minded women while having ample opportunity to broaden networks and friendships to students studying in other programs.

Graduate Certificate in Project Management: Social and Cultural Innovation Stream:

Semester One
  • ENGL 1801 – Academic Writing Fundamentals
  • ADMN 1016 – Intro to Canadian Business
  • PMGT 2006 – Fundamentals of Project Management

3 Credits (1 course) from:

  • ANII 1006 Anishinaabe Peoples and their Homelands I
  • ANII 1007 Anishinaabe Peoples and their Homelands II
  • ANII 1206 Anishinaabe Peoples and their Homelands III

3 Credits (1 course) from Selected Stream

Semester Two
  • CESD 2996 – Finance and Accounting for Community Development
  • COSC 1702 – Computer Applications II
  • PMGT 2007 – Project Scope and Change Management
  • CESD 2306 –  Project Management and Proposal Writing for Community Development

3 Credits (1 course) from Selected Stream

Semester Three
  • SOCI 2106 Introduction to Program Evaluation Design and Implementation
  • PMGT 3006 Project Quality Management
  • PMGT 3007 Project Management Applications
  • PMGT 3106 Leading Projects: Transformational Approaches

3 Credits (1 course) from Selected Stream

Semester Four
  • ECON 3076 Money and Financial Markets
  • PMGT 3456 Project Management Internship
  • PMGT 3107 Risk Mitigation and Crisis Recovery
  • PMGT 4006 Integrative Practice Seminar: Interdisciplinary Approaches

3 Credits (1 course) from Selected Stream

  • Custom admissions portal
  • Pre-arrival connection with Algoma U staff, CPBC & CPCE Team
Term 1
  • CPBC and AU host welcome event
  • Custom activities built into orientation
  • Algoma Mentorship Program
    • Incoming students paired with upper-year students
  • Intro career workshop and career exploration
  • Cultural Safety Learning Program (co-curricular)
  • Field trip in Southern Ontario
Term 2
  • Career Mentorship Program in Collaboration with CPBC
    • Students paired with entrepreneurial/business owner mentors
    • Organization of speaker series
    • Networking opportunities
    • Entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship workshops
  • Field trip to Sault Ste. Marie
Term 3
  • Continuation of Career Mentorship Program in Collaboration with CPBC
    • Networking event
    • Continuation of speaker series
  • Internship Preparatory seminar
  • Extracurricular activities
Term 4
  • Graduation celebration
  • Possible Canadian work experience through an internship


Admission Requirements: degree or college diploma in any field – a minimum of 70% [B] for college students. International applicants must provide documentation of language proficiency as per Algoma University’s current language requirements.

Students applying to the Pakistan Women Advancement Program will apply through the custom portal at Applicants for this program must not have a master’s degree in the same or closely related field.


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