- SAHSOL Dean’s Honor List CeremonyNovember 20,2019
VC Congratulates the School of Law High Achievers at SAHSOL Dean’s Honor List Ceremony where Dr. Arshad remarked that It is worth reminding ourselves that no person is entirely self-made and the first to be acknowledged for the remarkable achievement are the parents and the families of the students.SAHSOL Dean’s Honor List Ceremony
Provost Kamran Asdar Ali, distinguished faculty members, our guests from China, dear parents, guardians and our cherished students, Asalam o Alakum.
It has worth reminding ourselves that no person is entirely “self-made”. Today, with enormous pleasure, we share in the accomplishments of our students who are on the Dean’s Honor List. I’d like to therefore begin by first acknowledging the parents and family members here and thank you very much for everything you do to support your loved ones. Ladies and gentlemen, please join me to applaud our families.
There is also the LUMS family. Our staff and the teachers travel side by side with students. They open intellectual doors and provide support. We have distinguished faculty here who do pioneering work in family and constitutional law, human rights, equality and justice and have been mentors to the next generation of lawyers in Pakistan. I want to thank our faculty and staff for their service!
I would now like to take the next few minutes to share with you a few stories that provide a glimpse into what these young women and men have achieved to reach this milestone. These are by no means the only stories worth sharing. There are many, many, more.
Haanya Channa is from a family of doctors in Karachi. She grew up with high expectations to be part of the medical profession. However, Haanya was curious about the legal profession. The child of a single mother and shocked by the tragic demise of her younger brother, she persevered, moved to Lahore and is now exceeding her own expectations.
Speaking of difficult decisions, Maryam Asad, who was required to get married, was instead supported by her mother to further her education. Maryam is here to affirm that her mother made the right decision.
Students at LUMS and those we are honouring today are not only role models for achieving academic excellence but also in leadership activities.
Aman Rehan has studied in many institutions across Pakistan because her parents served at various posts in the army. Following the 2010 flooding in Nowshera, Aman moved to Karachi to live with her grandparents and then came to LUMS. She has worked as a Teaching Assistant, captain of a sports team and recently was elected to the Student Council.
Semra Islam received a partial scholarship and last summer, was a part of the only team selected from Pakistan to participate in the International Moot Court Competition in Japan.
Sara Raza is the Editor of the LUMS Law Journal and was in Washington, DC as part of the Jessup 2019 team.
Ladies and gentlemen, they say the true test of education is what happens afterwards.
Take the case of Shanza Faiq. A BA-LLB graduate of 2016, Shanza won the Fulbright Scholarship and the Woman of Pakistan Scholarship at Warwick in the UK to pursue an LLM. Following these achievements Shanza decided to appear for the Central Services Superior exam or CSS. Out of almost 12,000 candidates, Shanza topped the CSS exam and was inducted into the Foreign Services of Pakistan Group.
There are many more compelling stories in this room and beyond which I hope you will have the chance to hear from our students.
So, to all of you, who have joined the Dean’s Honor List and look to lead society in matters of justice, equality and the very foundation on which nations stand tall, let me end on a short but powerful saying by Hazrat Ali (R.A.),
“Nothing can cause nations to flourish like Justice”.
Congratulations everyone and thank you very much.
- SSE Dean’s Honor List CeremonyNovember 20,2019
VC applauds School of Science and Engineering Dean’s Honor List recipients for their extraordinary efforts that earned them an award as high as this. In addition, Dr. Arshad shed light on the unique journeys of different award holders and the way they are giving back to the society.SSE Dean’s Honor List Ceremony
ASW and Welcome everyone,
Before we congratulate and celebrate students on the Dean’s honour list, allow me to first acknowledge parents and family members. It is a privilege for LUMS family of student’s, and we share our pride with parents here today. Thank you!
I would now like to take the next few minutes to share with you a few stories that provide a glimpse into what these young women and men have achieved to reach this milestone. These are by no means the only stories worth sharing. There are many, many, more.
Nisha Sarwar is from a small city in South Punjab where she grew up and attended public school. Nisha applied to LUMS through the National Outreach Program even though it was a difficult decision being so far away from home. Thanks to supportive faculty and mentorship from
Dean Masud, Nisha found a new home away from home and is a role model for many as she is the first woman in her family to attend college.
Similarly, after attending a federal government college, Ali Hassan came to LUMS. In his first year here, he initiated a social enterprise called DYA which stands for Developing Youth Aspirations. DYA aims to help students explore their potential, discover career opportunities and assist in overcoming financial constraints. Through DYA, Ali is building the first student run orphanage in Pakistan.
Let me also mention Muhammad Farid Haroon who like many in this room has worked hard, remained focussed and committed himself to academic excellence. Like Farid, each and every one of you has invested in achieving academic excellence and this is what we have come to celebrate today.
On behalf of the teachers here at LUMS who take immense pride in accomplishments small and large, we know you are charting a course to make even greater contributions as you continue to make a difference in your futures and those you are destined to lead. Congratulations!
- Launch of the Centre for Chinese Legal Studies (CCLS)October 25,2019
Dr. Arshad speaks to the Chinese delegation at the launch of the Centre for Chinese Legal Studies (CCLS) at Sheikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law.Launch of the Centre for Chinese Legal Studies (CCLS)
His Excellency Mr. Yao Jing, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Pakistan, Honourable Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Professor Li Fei, Vice President of Wuhan University, Federal Minister Mr. Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Founding Trustee, Dr. Parvaiz Hassan, Syed Babar Ali Sb, Deans, and respected guests. Assalam o Alaikum. Ni Hao.
Huā yíng lie dào LUMS.
I feel privileged to be part of this seminal moment at this milestone event, in this building that saw the potential to build on a legacy that began some time ago. Dr. Parvaiz Hassan and many others here this evening inaugurated this building 4 years ago to share the vision of a world-class School that would see legal training and scholarship flourish in Pakistan.
Today marks another such moment through the Center of Chinese Legal Studies (or CCLS) to reaffirm that vision which committed the School of Law that saw no borders to research, teaching and service to the community.
As the west looks increasingly to the east, and in particular to China for its lead in economic growth and more recently to its remarkable progress in scientific research and higher education, we thank China for being a steadfast friend and ally of Pakistan for over 70 years.
And as you know, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (or CPEC) which is part of the one belt one road global initiative has announced mega projects focusing on energy and infrastructure that connect Western China to the Indian Ocean. While the investments are in capital assets, the success and sustainability of CPEC will critically depend on the development of human resources on both sides to promote mutual collaboration through academic, cultural and personal exchanges.
The role of CCLS promote exchanges with Wuhan University to teach Chinese law courses, conduct training seminars and attend conferences and symposia on the Chinese legal system. By building academic capacity to study and teach courses in Chinese law through CCLS, both countries stand to gain as our ties are strengthened through CPEC and the Belt and Road Initiative.
This important initiative must succeed for future generations not only to benefit Asia, but to benefit the world which as I mentioned is increasingly looking to China for its remarkable progress in scientific research and higher education.
I was in Wuhan last year to see first-hand China’s Double First-Class University Plan which aims to create a group of world-class universities and disciplines by the end of 2050. According to the Nature Index, and Times Higher Education, 72 Chinese universities are listed in the table, which makes it the fourth most represented nation in the world and now in the Top 10 of emerging institutions in scientific research.
The partnership with LUMS, a not-for-profit university opens doors to over 4,500 students, 13,000 alumni and some 300 faculty teaching in 5 Schools. We are small, and we are young, but we are also top of our class among the 200 universities in Pakistan. For the past two years we have ranked number one in QS employability rankings in Asia placing 95% of our students within 9 months of graduation. And overall, during each of the past 4 years LUMS has improved to a cumulative increase of 86 places giving us a spot in the top 100 schools.
The School of Law has always been an incubator of innovation which is where a 5 year BA-LL.B programme was pioneered, where interdisciplinarity is ingrained in the curriculum, and where we are already producing world class scholarship in Islamic law, comparative corporate law and governance, human rights law, family law and more.
As Wuhan and LUMS forge stronger ties through CCLS, we are already thinking of a broader nexus of collaboration that will engage other universities like Oxford and Harvard who we are in conversations with for a number to multilateral academic arrangements.
As China’s celebrates its 70th year as the Peoples Republic and looks outward through its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, we l think we can say, China has been a good teacher and we look forward to learn from you.
I’ll close by quoting a disciple of Confucius, who once asked the great educator and philosopher the following question:
“Is there any one word that could guide a person throughout life?"
The Master reflected and replied:
quote "Reciprocity!”. Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself”. Unquote
Reciprocity is a wonderful word that represents the spirit of the Chinese Center for Legal Studies and we could not have a better partner that Wuhan to mark this milestone event.
Thank you. Shurkra. Sien Seeyea
- Aitchison Academic Prize Distribution CeremonySeptember 14,2019
Dr. Arshad Speaks to Aitchison’s High Achievers at the Academic Prize Distribution Ceremony. Mr. Vice Chancellor congratulated the students and reiterated the importance of realizing how quickly the world is changing in terms of digitization and how important it is to have an undergraduate degree to remain competitive.Aitchison Academic Prize Distribution Ceremony
Principal Michael Thomson, Syed Babar Ali Sb, faculty, students, ladies and gentlemen, ASW.
I feel privileged to be here on this auspicious occasion and thank you very much for your kind invitation.
We are here to celebrate excellence derived from hard work, and perseverance which commands success. Rursom puer is the Aitchison motto for your singular achievements today, but success is also a result of how others have lifted and supported you.
Before I say more about this, I want to congratulate each and every one of you and applaud Aitchison’s teachers and staff, and parents, who have helped you to get here.
As you celebrate today...tomorrow, a new reality, and new challenges await you.
And especially you, because your success opens wider doors of opportunity.
So, let me ask you a question.
As you think about your future, do you want to invent things, or change things?
Let me explain what I mean by this question.
Take the case of a farmer’s son who turned out to be one of the most important innovators of the last two centuries.
He had a great invention, but no suitable fuel, no machinery to connect it to, and therefore he wasn’t able to put the invention into practice in a way that had any significant impact on anyone, let alone the world.
His name is Nikolaus Otto. You have likely never heard of him.
Yet Otto invented the internal combustion engine back in 1876.
Now all of you have probably heard of the following two men … a German named Carl Benz and an American named Henry Ford.
You see, Otto’s innovation was, effectively, just sitting on a shelf accomplishing nothing.
Then Karl Benz translated Otto’s work into practice by developing the world’s first car.
Then Henry Ford translated Benz’s and Otto’s work into a product manufactured at scale which completely transformed the way we live and continues to influence urbanization, the global economy and geopolitics.
The point is, that the world you inherit has no shortage of engines.
The shortages, however, are capacities to think like a Benz or act like a Ford. These are the types of leaders who take ideas into practice to change lives.
Opportunities for taking ideas into practice are especially abundant in Pakistan. Their impact can be enormous on community and nation-building.
In 1886, a year before the invention of the engine, Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a ten-year-old boy who is remembered today as the great Quaid-e-Azam.
And at this time a foundation stone of an institution was laid. The architect is Sir Ganga Ram, an icon of his generation who is also regarded as the father of modern Lahore.
Who would’ve known that upon that stone would stand a building so strong and so tall that for the next 133 years its name would become synonymous with success, accomplishment and leadership.
Aitchison College was born.
In 1888, the Lt. Governor of Punjab, Sir Charles Aitchison said:
Quote: “Much, very much, is expected of you. I trust you will use well the opportunities here afforded of you both for your education and for the formation of your character.”
These are wise words which Aitchison has ingrained in its values and produced some of the most prominent leaders in Pakistani politics, sports, science and the arts.
As you prepare to contribute to the 21st century workforce, employer expectations have increased. To be competitive, an undergraduate degree is essential. More importantly, intellectual development is not only about learning subject matter, but also about learning how to learn, how to unlearn and then relearn.
According to the World Economic Forum, by the time a freshman graduates, the marketplace will be dominated by machines that will perform as many tasks as humans.
Many jobs are already being displaced with algorithms running big data in the workplace. Platform based companies are already the most valuable in the world. But this disruption is expected to create 58 million net new jobs in the coming years.
This is a transformational shift for the global workforce. Universities are therefore developing new models and different conceptions of knowledge to address grand challenges to prepare students as leaders for new workforce skills.
At LUMS, which is where I hope to address you the next time we meet, you can take some giant steps.
Like Aitchison, LUMS prepares leaders. And the secret to leadership is rooted in its values, which put other people’s welfare before their own.
If your actions inspire others to learn more, to contribute more, and find purpose that is greater than yourself, then you are a leader.
This is why LUMS offers an education with “no borders” and is investing in University Centers to tackle issues dealing with water, energy, big data, urbanization, policy, and business in society and more.
Ladies and gentlemen, imagining a not-for profit university that brings students from all corners of Pakistan together also speaks to nation building. LUMS has grown into a comprehensive university that gives you Schools in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Science & Engineering and Education.
No borders at LUMS means experiencing a core curriculum to experience a liberal arts education.
Diversity means that a son of a rickshaw driver ends up giving a Valedictorian address at our convocation last June. Generosity means distributing food to 3.1 million people in Pakistan which is what 3 LUMS students have done through their social enterprise called Rizq.
Our founder personifies values of leading from behind, from mentoring others and shining a light to those who want to change things and those who can persevere to command success. It isn’t surprising therefore that Syed Babar Ali Sb is an Aitchisonian.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is a honour to be here with you today.
Thank you, Principal Thomson, for inviting me. And thank you all for participating today!
God bless you.
- Allied Bank Ltd Continues Collaboration with LUMSSeptember 5,2019
VC thanks the Allied Bank Limited’s management for another generous contribution to LUMS. While speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Arshad further reminisced the role that ABL played through multiple donations over a period of time which helped LUMS solidify the university’s international stature.Allied Bank Ltd Continues Collaboration with LUMS
Syed Babar Ali Sb, Rector, Shahid Sb, Chairman of Allied Bank, Naeem Sb, Director Waseem Sb, CEO Tahir Sb, colleagues and friends of LUMS, ASW.
It is a great honour and my pleasure to welcome you here at LUMS. We take this opportunity to acknowledge the generous contributions of Allied Bank Limited and congratulate you for your stewardship as a role model for corporate social responsibility that has stood the test of time.
Ladies and Gentlemen: Naeem Sb, was here in 1994 as a member of the Board of Governors when ABL donated to LUMS National Management Foundation.
LUMS grew from its humble beginnings as a Business School, followed by the School of Humanities and Social Science. Ten years ago, ABL made another significant donation to help build the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering.
And more recently, ABL doubled that donation – this time from building classrooms to building living rooms, which is now the M7 hostel where many young students enjoy a residential campus experience.
Sir, ABL’s investment in LUMS has gone a long way to contribute to the international stature of this comprehensive university. Over three decades, LUMS has attracted intellectual capital from around the world and our offerings have differentiated us through stellar international accreditation and global rankings.
But beyond the accolades, the goal of a LUMS education is one that has “no boundaries”. Practically, this means students get a very broad curriculum. It also implies that our disciplines merge, where scientists work side by side with engineers, with management experts, economists, lawyers and humanists to address the grand challenges of our time.
As you know, bringing experts to work together can be a challenge. To incentivize work across disciplines we have provided new institutional mandates by launching centres on water, energy, policy, entrepreneurship and business in society, that are contributing to solving national and broader regional issues.
We have been able to achieve our goals because of the generosity of friends like yourself and we will continue to seek partnerships that aspire to invest in 21st century education. We want to bring out the best in our students to thrive in this age of digitization and disruption.
To do that, we thank you for helping us to make this 100-acre campus a living ecosystem for residential life for faculty and for students. This campus is not only a safe and inclusive home-away-from-home, but also a living laboratory of how we can work together by serving each other.
You will be glad to know that a LUMS education is also measured in qualitative accomplishments. It is measured as students are pushed to their limits to learn that a moral compass that guides ethical behaviour personified by honesty and integrity takes them further than a higher grade-point average.
You will be glad to know that this transformation takes place for students who come from every corner of Pakistan, where one out of three receive financial support and over 1,100 students earn full scholarships each year that covers tuition, room and board.
All of LUMS students enter solely on the basis of merit. Their journey provides a credential but more importantly, with a disposition to lift others who are less fortunate than them.
It is in this spirit of giving back to society that we celebrate LUMS with you. To bring the many LUMS ki kahania to life, we want to share one story with you today. It is the story of Huzaifa, Musa and Qasim, recent sophomores from LUMS who started a campaign to redistribute surplus food that celebrates students giving back to society.
Before you see a short video that tells their story, I want to once again thank ABL and all of its leaders personally for becoming part of the tapestry of LUMS.
Thank you for your unwavering support, and we look forward to our continued collaboration in many exciting projects underway at LUMS.
Aapka bohot shukria
- Lake City Check Handing CeremonySeptember 3,2019
LUMS expresses gratitude for Lake City Holdings for making another generous contribution to the LUMS National Outreach Programme scholars from which 20 such scholars will benefit. Dr. Arshad shed light on the exceptionally challenging journeys of some of LUMS students and remarked that this generous contribution will empower them to dream bigger than before.Lake City Check Handing Ceremony
Before I thank Gohar Sb, allow me to talk a little bit about the role of giving at LUMS.
It is a common misperception that LUMS is for the rich, for the elite and therefore inaccessible to the majority of Pakistani’s. This is simply not true. We are a private university, but we are also a not-for-profit institution. And as you saw in the video, we are not a school of privilege but rather a footprint of diversity from all corners of Pakistan.
This year applications at LUMS came from 162 towns, villages and cities in Azad Kashmir, Baluchistan, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan, ICT, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh.
In other words, from all corners of Pakistan. This gives you a sense of our 1,100-student intake in terms of diversity.
As for accessibility, all applicants are treated on a needs-blind, full-merit basis. We provide financial support to one out of three students, and 10% are part of our National Outreach Program receiving full scholarships that covers onboarding, tuition, lodging, and supplies. It is the national outreach program which Gohar Sb is supporting which is now in its 19th year.
Since we do not get public funding, we rely on tuition, donations, grants and philanthropy. But this reliance has changed drastically. In the past, international sources such as USAid and DFId provided significant funding contributing almost in excess of PKR 250 million each year towards financial aid. But as these funds have dried up, and we can only meet this challenge to support diversity and accessibility by reaffirming our commitment.
It is a fair question to ask what makes LUMS top of its class, and why a LUMS education produces citizens that serve Pakistan and society at large. In the interest of time allow me to point to a few indicators.
LUMS began in 1985, with the business school and this year because the only internationally accredited program in Pakistan, represents a select 5% of all business-accredited programs worldwide. The business school differentiated itself by pioneering the Harvard case-teaching method with our faculty producing the largest repository of business cases – over 800 in all of Asia.
But today we are focusing on how your giving has changed the lives of our students.
You will be glad to know that LUMS produces more international Fulbright Scholars than any other university in the world. This year, our students continued to earn prestigious scholarships. Mr. Mansoor Rathore won Stanford University’s inaugural Knight Hennesy Scholarship. Shanza Faiq beat out 11,877 candidates to top the CSS exam. And there are many others who come back to serve the institution and Pakistan just as the NOP scholars do that you are supporting today.
Sir, I am fairly new to LUMS having served for only a year, but I can tell you that I had tears in my eyes on graduation night when I listened to Hattaf Ayub, NOP scholar and Student Council President who told us about taking a bus to get to Al-Abbas science school, 70km away from Dera Ismail Khan where he grew up.
I share these stories of what your generous giving produces and it is extremely humbling to be part of an institution like LUMS where I can witness its transformative ability up close.
I think all of us here can acknowledge the invaluable contribution of Founder and Patron of LUMS Syed Babar Ali Sb, who epitomises the spirit of giving, about humility and generosity. I am reminded by one of his famous sayings and I quote:
“Giving has never hurt anybody. It is about how big your heart is and not how deep your pocket is.”
Babar Sahab believed in creating a university in Pakistan which showcases how generous individuals can pave the path for many students to help forge a brighter future.
And today we have come together to acknowledge another exceptional individual.
Mr. Gohar Ejaz, CEO of Lake City Holdings has helped transform the lives of several deserving students at LUMS.
In 2017, Gohar Sb. generously donated PKR 20 Million to fund 20 students of the NOP program I mentioned earlier contributing to more than 1,100 students from over 77 cities from all across Pakistan who have benefitted from the NOP.
This year, Mr. Ejaz has graciously decided to continue his support, reiterating his confidence and faith in the potential of not just the students, but also in LUMS. His total donated amount of PKR 40 million will not just pay for the expenses of these 20 NOP scholars, but also exhibits his unwavering belief in their abilities. This must be celebrated for it has impacted them on an intrinsic level and empowered them to dream bigger than before.
Unfortunately, Babar Sahab and our Rector, Shahid Sahab had prior engagements today, but they send their thanks and deep gratitude to you for being a beacon of hope for these students and helping achieve the LUMS vision of world-class education.
Your generous support has played a pivotal role in fulfilling their commitment and on their behalf, I would like to convey their appreciation for your investment in the future of the University, and indeed, the nation. Thank you, Ejaz Sahab.
To continue achieving transformation for our young, this we must strive to create an inclusive space where no child is left behind. The African proverb it takes a village to raise a child sounds clichéd but rings true for LUMS that is a living, learning ecosystem to inculcate in our youth from all parts of Pakistan who cultivate values that promote a clear moral compass, generosity to nurture friendships and a greater purpose to serve others.
With your generous support, and with others like you here today, these students will tread forth with courage, conviction and integrity.
- School of Education OrientationSeptember 2,2019
VC speaks to the newest cohort of the M.Phil at the orientation ceremony at the School of Education. Dr. Arshad emphasized the role of women in terms of human development and the need to break new barriers to strengthen their leadership.School of Education Orientation
Founding Pro-chancellor, Babar Sb, Rector, Shahid Sb, Osman Sb, Dean Andrabi, colleagues and the MPhil Class of 2021, askm.
It’s really good to be here to welcome you.
One of my favourite quotes is from the visionary H.G. Wells who described the essence of education as:
Quote: “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” Unquote.
This race, and I believe this with all my heart, and I think all of you believe as well… that education is going to win that race. This is a relay race where pass on the baton of how we learn to another, and this School of Education is well positioned to lead the race.
Unlike many other programs in higher education, the MPhil attracts women. This is a victory for LUMS because when it comes to human development, women role models are essential and we must break new barriers to strengthen their leadership. In fact, if we disproportionately invested in women’s education, we will win that race.
Also unlike many other programs, the MPhil attracts leaders. How many of the students here feel they have leadership experience at whatever level?
This is another victory for LUMS. We have much to learn from you.
But everyone here is aspiring an education that amplifies a purpose. The etymology of the word “education” is derived from “edukatchio and eduche” which is to lead, to conduct, to raise and to uplift others. Education is a reminder that our purpose is greater than ourselves.
Part of that purpose will be derived from the world-class knowledge and curriculum you are about to experience. And part of it will be derived from an unwritten curriculum. The unwritten curriculum boils down to the people you will spend your time with.
Here’s another one of my favourite quotes from the anthropologist Margaret Meade who challenged the conventional wisdom of doing it alone and said:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has”.
That world you want to change is at your doorstep. The opportunities to make a difference in Pakistan are at your doorstep. Pakistan’s demographic dividend is staggering. I’ve lived mostly in Canada, the 2nd largest country in the world. I remind myself that 2/3 of all Canadians, or over 24 million people are equal to as many young children in Pakistan who are out-of-school. They are at your doorstep.
I know Dean Andrabi is a data guy and keen for you to learn how to measure impact. We also know that the education metrics of Pakistan compare poorly with our South Asian neighbours who have similar per capita income. But this presents a great opportunity to make a difference. And the point is, the world we want to change is not in South Asia, it is on our doorstep.
The small groups Mead referred can certainly be found within the SOE and you will spend a lot of time with them. But I encourage you to seek partnerships from your colleagues in the Schools of Business, HSS, Science and Engineering and Law. They too seek purpose and you must seek them out as well.
So, class of 2021, go ahead and dream about making a difference in the fastest growing sector in Pakistan, and amplify your purpose.
Most of your interventions won’t win awards or public accolades but you will win the hearts and minds that subsume every other discipline at LUMS.
This is because the mother of all disciplines is education and while we are an academic institution offering specializations, we are also united by shared cultural traditions. Cultural education means building in ourselves the capacity for reflection – about our own culture and the culture of others.
So, let us look through the lens of philosophy, the arts and science and everything else that LUMS offers, to build our cultural self-conscientiousness as citizens of the 21st century.
Let me conclude by saying that we, the administration, the staff and your teachers – especially your teachers, we are by your side throughout your journey here at LUMS – in the hallways, the weekly events, at the sports facilities and of course at your convocation! I personally look forward to see you at a seminar and learn from you.
Good luck. Thank you, and God Bless!
- Undergraduate OrientationAugust 30,2019
Dr. Arshad welcomes the class of 2023 by congratulating 1100 new students to the LUMS family. Speaking to the students, Dr.Undergraduate Orientation
Syed Babar Ali Sb, Rector, Shahid Sb, parents and freshmen, faculty, staff and students, ASW. Welcome and thank you for joining us from near and far to mark this important occasion.
Let’s begin by congratulating 1,100 students in this room who were admitted to LUMS.
Let us also begin by acknowledging our parents and family, for trusting LUMS and for the sacrifices you make for your children.
YahaN jitnay validain mojood haiN, aur wohh bhi, jo yahaN mojood nahiN haiN, uun sub ka bohot bohot shukriya.
Uunki kaavishoN kay baghair…. aaj ka din mumkin nahin ho ta.
Ladies and gentlemen, please join me to applaud our parents and family here today *Applause*
To the class of 2023, a very warm welcome to each and every one of you. We share your excitement. It’s your first official day here, and there is so much to achieve together.
Kaha jata hai ke,
‘Ilm haaasil karein, ye tau zaroori hai
Laikin ilm se kuch haaasil karein….ye bohat zaroori hai.‘
Learning at LUMS will not just be about business, law, or science, it will be about learning who you are… how you want to help the world that surrounds you …and how you can be the light that guides those around you.
Over the years, LUMS has been proud to do its part in making your dreams come true. Take, for example, the story of Shahrukh Swati. And multiply Shahrukh’s story by over 13,000 LUMS alumni… who have gone on to tell their stories. These stories speak to the impact of higher education in our society.
These stories also reveal why LUMS, since its inception in 1985, admitted students… not because of their gender, disability, ethnicity, locality or difference in income… but solely on the basis of merit and capability. Class of 2023, you have earned a seat to join the LUMS family.
To provide world-class education to just over 1,100 students from 160 villages, towns and cities, LUMS provides financial support to one out three students in need. Last year Rs. 1 billion was disbursed through scholarships and financial aid.
The point is that LUMS is not a school of privilege and status but rather a footprint of diversity from all corners of Pakistan. Meeting this challenge to support diversity is a commitment that differentiates LUMS from other universities.
We are proud to support students in need, especially because we are not a public institution dependent on provincial or federal funds.
We are instead a private but not-for-profit institution. This means our support comes from donors who believe in higher education – donors from public sector organizations, the business community and philanthropists like Syed Babar Ali Sb.
LUMS is also a learning organization where research and teaching will enable you to address 21st century challenges and those challenges facing Pakistan and the subcontinent.
This is why our motto of “no boundaries” applies especially to you, who come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. And this is why, I encourage you to learn from peers across the schools – from Business, Humanities & Social Science, Science & Engineering, Law, and Education…. all of these disciplines are at your doorstep.
Whether you choose a bachelor’s in social sciences, accounting and finance, economics, or an MSc in Computer Science, or an MBA or PhD, LUMS offers you choice.
In fact, LUMS offers much more than disciplinary knowledge.
Aristotle once said that “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
LUMS opens pathways to find your purpose. It is a rite of passage to demonstrate your courage to help others less fortunate than yourselves. It is a place where you can shine your light on those who are in the dark.
Remember. If LUMS is your passport to success, then taking short-cuts, is your ticket to failure. Punctuality… matters here. Honesty… matters here. Integrity matters here. I mention these values because they will serve you for the rest of your life.
Life at LUMS is about keeping up with readings, your assignments, passing exams and being pushed to your limits to earn your degree. But the real purpose of your education is far richer than that.
The real purpose is to be humble, let go of your ego, support others and have a clear moral compass. In other words, the real purpose is far greater than yourselves.
Life at LUMS is also about countless opportunities to be active in community building and to have fun as you learn.
There are 42 student-run societies that will be welcoming you at the Academic Block at noon today.
Life at LUMS is also full of activity. You will have several opportunities to participate in democratic initiatives and processes. The Dean of Students encouraged you to work with the student-elected council so you can contribute to improving your School and the University.
Beyond that, you represent LUMS – locally, regionally and internationally, not only when you win accolades and awards, but upon each interaction with society as our ambassadors, as our teachers and as our leaders.
It has been said that millennials can be over-confident, but as the Pulitzer Prize writer Pearl S. Buck wrote:
“The young do not know enough to be prudent. And therefore, they attempt the impossible. And achieve it, generation after generation, after generation.” Unquote.
We want you to succeed in your journey to make a better world. Fear not what happens when you fail, because failure is a very good teacher. But also imagine what you can do as you succeed.
Allama Iqbal ne farmaya hai,
Manzil se agay barh kar, manzil talash kar
Mil jaye agar darya, th-o samandar talash kar
Har sheesha toot jata hai, pathar ki chot se
Pathar hee toot jaye, woh sheesha talash kar.
Sajj-doN say teray kya huwa?
SaddiyaaN guzr gayeeN
Duniya teri badal dey,…..
wohh sajda talaash kar
Dear students, university life is different from school-life in many ways.
The biggest difference here is that you are treated as adults. This means assuming responsibilities of respecting your peers and especially your teachers with whom you have a very special and sacred relationship.
Your teachers care. But most of all, they are here to support your intellectual and personal development and provide insights in a world that is not black and white but infinitely nuanced and complex.
Let me also say that LUMS is not only an academic institution.
It is also a cultural institution because we believe that cultural education means we build in ourselves the capacity for reflection about our own culture and the culture of others.
This means that we look through the lens of philosophy, the arts and science to build our cultural self-conscientiousness.
And it is this acculturation which makes our student body the most resilient and the most successful of any student body in any institution in Asia, and I would say anywhere in the world.
I’d like to close by sharing a few reflections from my own education which are this:
First, submit to how little you know. Ask good questions and teach others how to ask good questions.
Second, finish what you set out to do. There are limits to everything except one thing – And that is your learning.
And third, embrace your friendships here. Over the years, your close friends will outlast your time at LUMS and provide an infinite source of strength.
Let me also say that we, the administration, the staff and your teachers – we are by your side throughout your journey here at LUMS – in the hallways, the weekly events, at the sports facilities and of course at your convocation!
Your journey has begun.
Aspire to change yourself.
And above all, aspire to change the world.
Together inshallah, you will not only make your parents and families proud, you will fulfill the dreams that make us proud to be Pakistani.
God bless you.
- MBA Summer Immersion ProgrammeAugust 19,2019
Dr. Arshad welcomed the new class of MBA and spoke about being a part of a distinguished business school which is amongst the select 5% of the business-accredited programs worldwide. VC reiterated LUMS motto ‘no boundaries’ to students coming from diverse backgrounds and encouraged them learn from people from all the different schools at LUMS.MBA Summer Immersion Programme
Rector Shahid Sb, Babur Sb, colleagues and the MBA class of 2021 – Askm and welcome to the Summer Immersion Program at SDSB!
By now you know that you’ve joined LUMS’ flagship MBA program which has its roots since the time LUMS was founded back in 1985.
By now you know, that this is the only internationally accredited program in Pakistan and is part of a select 5% of the business-accredited programs worldwide. This means the SDSB MBA has differentiated itself. It has differentiated itself as pioneers of the Harvard case-teaching method with our faculty producing the largest repository of business cases – over 800 in all of Asia.
SDSB also has a record of placing 100% of you within 6 months of your graduation. It also has a stellar reputation in the business community in producing remarkable leadership across Pakistan and overseas.
What you may not know is that LUMS is a private, not-for-profit institution that is not a school of privilege but rather a footprint of diversity from all corners of Pakistan. And meeting this challenge to support diversity is a commitment that differentiates LUMS from other universities.
Students are admitted solely on merit and financial support is provided to one out three students in need – last year Rs. 1 billion was disbursed through scholarships and financial aid. We thank our sponsors and donors and philanthropists like Syed Babar Ali Sb, and the Husain family, as well as the business community whose patronage provides unparalleled higher educational experience to all our students.
LUMS also distinguishes itself as a learning organization where research and teaching are geared to enable you to address challenges in Pakistan and beyond. This is why our motto of “no boundaries” applies especially to you, who come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. I encourage you to learn from colleagues in our sister schools of Humanities & Social Science, Science & Engineering, Law, and Education which are all at your doorstep.
Looking back at some of the most important decisions that shaped my career, they were in hindsight, quite risky.
For example, I developed expertise in two unrelated disciplines – finance and psychology, and over the years I learned to connect the dots and appreciate other points of view. This is an important lesson as societal challenges require connecting many dots that can only be derived from cross-disciplinary teams. These teams see patterns that individual experts cannot see. And what seemed impossible, in hindsight becomes the new normal.
While you will remember the challenges of analyzing a case study and getting through exams, or the stamina required to pull off the relentless MBA schedule, intellect and your ability to work hard aren’t going to be enough to tackle the challenges that you will inherit. This is not to diminish the importance of intellect and hard work as obviously all employers want to invest in people with these traits, but the truth is that these are fairly easy to find in the marketplace.
But consider for a moment other character-traits that can be equally impressive. Like trust, integrity, humility, selflessness, and developing others. These are commonly associated with successful leaders.
So, if you had to invest in colleagues from your cohort, what traits would you look for in the people you hire?
If you had to choose, would you look for smarts and drive or someone you can trust who has your back?
The good news is that these character traits can be developed, especially when you are young because these are qualities and habits that we can all improve but are much harder to change later on in life.
As the MBA market becomes more crowded, your calling is therefore not only a function of your intellect and personal ambition but for the types of qualities that make successful leaders – a clear moral compass, generosity to nurture friendships and a greater purpose.
Let me also add, that we, the administration, the staff and especially your teachers – we, would like to engage with each and every one of you throughout your journey here at LUMS – in the hallways, at weekly events, in the sports facilities, and of course at your convocation!
Welcome aboard on a journey of a lifetime.
Together inshallah, you will not only make your parents and families proud, you will fulfill the dreams that make us proud to be Pakistani. Thank you.
- Graduate Night 2019July 4,2019
VC congratulates and applauds the outstanding students while speaking at the Graduate Night Ceremony. Dr. Arshad propounded the remarkable efforts and hard work that students put in and also appreciated the role played by teachers, parents and families in supporting them.Graduate Night 2019
Honourable Rector, Mr. Shahid Hussain, esteemed members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, colleagues, proud parents, distinguished guests and the graduating class of 2019, Assalamalaikum.
Welcome to the Graduate night. Also known as the LUMS Oscars for super-achievers. On this auspicious occasion, getting to the podium isn’t because of luck, or genetic predisposition. You are here because you have excelled academically. You have worked exceptionally hard and demonstrated integrity and perseverance.
Of course, there are other reasons that have led to your singular achievements. Before I elaborate on these reasons, I ask everyone to join me in congratulating and applauding our outstanding students. Now the reasons; first and foremost, you are here because your family believes in the value of education. Your success is more important to them than anything else. To all the amis, abus, uncles, dadis and dadas – you don’t get enough credit for everything you do. Please accept our heartfelt gratitude and thanks.
Secondly, dear students, your teachers accompanied you throughout your journey. You can blame them for robbing you of your sleep, or for inflicting cruel and unusual punishments on you, day after day, night after night. You might have thought that a 4-year boot camp in the Sahara would have been easier. But here you are!
My dear students, your teachers are more than experts. Whether you like it or not, they have become your family. I ask you to join me in appreciation for your teachers. You are also here tonight because of something my late father used to say. It went something like this:
Son, nothing in life should be done in excess. Except for one thing. That one thing is the greatest of all secrets. Not everyone can unlock it. In fact, it is greater than the most sustainable source of energy that man will ever find. That thing he spoke about, while it may sound clichéd, is really true. It is a yearning and a hunger to learn that ultimately takes you as far as you want to go. It isn’t only wanting to learn. It is also about what the writer and futurist Alvin Toffler said:
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
My dear students, it is this attitude towards learning that will be the defining quality of success for the 21st century leaders.
As you celebrate tonight and tomorrow night, a new reality and new challenges await you. They await especially you, because your success tonight opens wider doors of opportunity. But opportunity that can bring greater awards always come with greater risks.
So let me ask you: as you transition to the next chapter in your life, will you be an engine, or will you be the car? Allow me to explain:
Take the case of a farmer’s son who turned out to be one of the most important innovators of the last two centuries. He had a great invention, but no suitable fuel, no machinery to connect it to, no optimal application and he wasn’t able to put it into practice in a way that had any significant impact on anyone, let alone the world. His name was Nikolaus Otto. You have likely never heard of him. Yet Otto invented the internal combustion engine in 1876. Today, his invention continues to influence our way of life, our environment, urban and infrastructure planning, the global economy and even global geopolitics.
Now all of you have probably heard of the following two men - a German named Karl Benz and an American named Henry Ford.
You see, Otto’s innovation was, effectively, just sitting on a shelf accomplishing nothing. Then Karl Benz translated Otto’s work into practice by developing the world’s first car. Then Henry Ford translated Benz’s and Otto’s work into a product that he could manufacture at scale which completely transformed the way we live. The point is, the world you inherit has no shortage of engines. The shortage, however, are capacities to think like a Benz or act like a Ford. These types of leaders translate ideas into practice that change lives. Translation opportunities are especially true in Pakistan. Especially if you want to do your part in nation building.
As one of the youngest and the 6th most populous country in the world, we must do more than business as usual. We need to make the kind of difference your parents and teachers have made to you. In fact, we need to look no further than our alumni for inspiration on how to make a difference.
On the academic side, LUMS has produced more Fulbright scholars than any other university, anywhere in the world. More than 33 of them teach right here at LUMS.
On the entrepreneurship side, allow me to mention only two, who not long ago were wondering what to do after graduation. They went on to translate simple ideas that are now saving lives.
Musa Aamir, BSc ‘17, began his mission from the LUMS Pepsi Dining Centre (PDC) by collecting change in coins discarded by people. He teamed up with Huzaifa and Qasim and approached the LUMS administration to create a fund for the excess change received at PDC. Then they used the money to provide healthy lunches to children at government primary schools. You have probably heard of their organisation called Rizq; a food recovery and distribution service. Rizq has become a movement with student chapters in different cities within Pakistan and around the world.
So far, Rizq has provided over 1.5 million meals, saving more than 100,000 kilograms of food and channelled $350,000 worth of food philanthropy. Rizq has been recognised among the top 50 social enterprises of Pakistan, top 3 social enterprises of 2017-ENGRO ITAC and top 20 social enterprises of South Asia-SPRING Accelerators.
Or take Luqman Ali Afzal, who managed the ‘Khokha’, with only two employees, seventeen years ago at LUMS. Today, his Monal Group employs over 2,400 people at four restaurants, two banquet halls, and two amusement parks spread in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore. Luqman teaches at LUMS and incidentally also works with Rizq. Monal also manages a school and a hospital in Luqman’s ancestral village which is completely free and serves more than 500 patients each day.
There are many more examples. But today we celebrate your compelling stories. Tomorrow and the day after, as you make your difference in those you are destined to lead, we will look to your leadership.
On behalf of the teachers, parents and your friends at LUMS, we take immense pride in your accomplishments. Congratulations everyone! Now, go change your future. And with it, change the future of Pakistan.
Thank you. May God bless you.
- LUMS 31st ConvocationJuly 3,2019
VC congratulates the students at the Graduation Ceremony where he spoke to one thousand thirty-four graduating students. Dr. Arshad encouraged students to finish what they set out to do in life and always remain curious to learn more as it is the only sustainable fuel that can take one as far as one wants to go.LUMS 31st Convocation
Honourable Rector, Mr. Shahid Hussain, our convocation speaker, Ms. Sania Nishtar, internationally acclaimed Pakistani physician, leader and role model; esteemed members of the Board of Trustees, faculty colleagues; proud parents and the graduating class of 2019:
Assalam-o-Alaikum and welcome to the Convocation Ceremony for the 31st graduating class of LUMS.
Dear graduates. The moment has finally arrived. I am now the last official standing between you and your degree! But, before you get to the podium, it is a time-honoured tradition for the Vice Chancellor to acknowledge publicly, the significance of this milestone achievement that is yours for the taking.
Let me begin by putting this memorable day in context. 0.001% of Pakistan’s population attend some 200 universities here. You are one thousand and thirty-four among the 250,000 who are graduating this year. This is an enormous privilege which 99.9% of Pakistanis can only dream about.
While LUMS graduates are a drop in the ocean that is Pakistan, you are also its greatest treasure, because you have the ability and the potential to create great impact. That impact begins with your life’s story.
Following my speech, we start a new tradition at this convocation to hear from your Valedictorian, Waqas Haider who will tell his story. And inspire you to join 12,182 Alumni who have gone on to tell their stories. These collectively are LUMS Ki Kahani. And they matter.
They matter because as the great anthropologist and writer Margaret Meade, once said:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has”.
Before I ask you to consider what will be your Kahani, what does it mean to have a degree?
Can it mean that your degree was given to students with great SAT scores and genius level IQs who also failed exams?
Or where long hours and little sleep became the norm?
Where the TV show “Survivor”, should be filmed and all of you would have starring roles?
Where failure is a great teacher and humility a great source of respect?
Where rigour and intensity forge deep friendships and where intellectual development comes to terms with emotional growth and socialisation.
In other words, your degree earns you the right-of-passage conferred to the very few whose lives are changed.
So, let it be heard. Loud and clear:
Congratulations to each and every one of you.
Applaud your achievements, applaud your friends and most of all, applaud your teachers and your families.
My dear students and soon to be graduates, you have laughed together and cried together. Like soldiers who have fought alongside each other, you have shared experiences that the rest of the world may never understand.
But I stand here not to ask what LUMS has done for you, but to ask whether this defining moment speaks to your calling. Some of us who are older, remember that this important phase of development was when “youth was truth”. Or what the Pulitzer Prize writer Pearl S. Buck said:
“The young do not know enough to be prudent. And therefore, they attempt the impossible. And achieve it, generation after generation, after generation.”
Your teachers accompanied you on this journey and revealed what lies half asleep in the genesis of your knowledge. They showed you wisdom, but it was their conviction that was contagious. They have pushed you out of your comfort zone. Challenged you. Tested you. And who can deny today, that you have endured?
You, who started your journey on a dirt road from 162 villages, towns and cities to LUMS that represents Pakistan.
You who could have never imagined that confusion is a necessary part of your learning, or if you were struggling, it did not matter as long as you kept learning alive, through perseverance and through friendship.
Dear graduating class of 2019, what you studied and practiced at LUMS came with hard and fast ‘rules of the game’. The do’s and don’ts. Your teachers defined the boundaries. Your staff supported your efforts.
The next chapter in your life will greet you on its own terms. Some rules will apply, and some won’t. Some skills will be tested now, and some later.
For when the sun comes up tomorrow, another journey will begin.
Tomorrow, many of you will ask yourself
What should I do next?
What business should I join or start?
What opportunities should I explore?
But consider this. Every professional in the world knows what they do. Some know how, because they do it well. But few dare to know, ‘why’ they do it.
If there is one thing, I want you to take away from this speech, let it be this: Find not what you want to do, but why you want to do it. Find not your profession, but your purpose. Find not money in your work, but a meaning that speaks to your calling. Find your why.
The 21st Century you inherit belongs to those who have learned how to learn, unlearn and relearn. It means that your next exam will test for achievements that are not recorded on your transcript. The next series of life-exams will test the choices you will make, that will ultimately speak to your calling.
When I look back at my first vocation, I became an accountant to please my late father. I found the programme difficult and uninspiring, but I did it, nevertheless I can now say that I’m glad I listened to him because next to health, I have learned that financial literacy matters no matter what you do.
My second subject was a longer affair which led to a professorship in a Canadian university. It was more challenging, and I became an academic. But the truth is, that too was not enough. I stumbled onto my third subject, which was psychology, which I did my PhD in.
One lesson from my own story is this: Finish what you set out to do. Remain curious. Ask questions and submit to how little you know.
The corollary is that there is only one thing in life that you should do in excess. And that is intentional, purposeful learning.
Because learning is the only sustainable fuel that takes you as far as you want to go. It is also contagious because those who you will be responsible for will learn by your side. Just as you did during your journey at LUMS.
Dear Class of 2019,
You are your parents’ greatest treasure. And they understood their duty to open the doors of learning for you, so that you can open the doors for your sisters and brothers in Pakistan.
Your actions will literally define the future of this nation. And while Pakistan is young, our heritage takes its root as one of the first seven civilizations. With an enviable tradition of art and architecture, music, poetry and culture. A country that’s diverse in its people and places. A country where we speak more than 70 languages.
And a place where opportunities to work, create work or make a difference are abundant.
So, with your degree in hand, and a heritage that very few countries are blessed with, you are fortunate. And hence, you must protect this fortune. To protect this fortune, ask difficult questions.
For example, what does it mean to be a Pakistani today?
Privileged or Deprived?
Confident or Cynical?
What role can you play to reclaim a sense of purpose in civic society, ethical development and citizenship?
What types of leadership can we model for those less fortunate than us?
You step into the world as ambassadors of learning, and as ambassadors of Pakistan. Whether you like it or not, you are LUMS. You are Pakistan.
It is now your time to lead.
And I know you will.
God bless all of you.
- Dr. Barbara Oakley’s ‘Learning How to Learn’ at Agha Khan UniversityJuly 1,2019
Dr. Arshad introduced Dr. Barbara Oakley at Agha Khan University, Karachi. While addressing the audience, Mr. Vice Chancellor talked about the challenges faced to the education sector in Pakistan and the significance of courses like 'Learning How to Learn' in helping teachers present materials effectively.Dr. Barbara Oakley’s ‘Learning How to Learn’ at Agha Khan University
Colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, ASMK. Thank you for being with us this afternoon.
From a helicopter view, the Pakistani education system is broken. Schools are trying desperately to keep up with a tsunami of young students coming into the system. The numbers are staggering. 25 million students drop out of school. They are the sons and daughters of illiterate parents multiplying in the millions, from one school district to another.
The weakest link in the system are the formative years of primary schooling. We neglect K-5 more than any other segment and this is where the greatest damage is done and when most students drop out. The impact cascades into the system and the country loses its most precious resource – young kids.
As for postsecondary education, during the last 15 years, access has increased 15-fold, but for a country of 220 million, we have some 250,000 students in 200 universities which is .001%. And within this smaller universe, we don’t do very well on the teaching front. The bigger story is learning.
We need to learn about learning which each of us values, especially parents, but know very little about how it occurs. So, we should be asking who are the experts who can give us some insights about learning?
The experts are folks who study cognitive-science, neuro-science and educational psychology. Suppose we took the most important lessons from these experts and put together some courses that would help students to learn how to learn?
Furthermore, suppose these courses provided practical, useful insights and techniques that helped students, irrespective of their age, to succeed in challenging subjects like math, physics, or for that matter any subject that appeared daunting?
So here’s some good news. Such courses exist. One of them has taught millions of students. Learning How to Learn is the world’s most subscribed online course. It is in demand because there is no other course like it. 2.5 million students have taken the course to date and over a thousand enrol in it each day.
The course addresses challenging problems students face such as procrastination. Procrastination has severe long-term consequences.
It leads to cramming and memorisation, which reduces success in learning. Yet, we rarely give students insight in how to effectively manage procrastination.
The same can be said about nutrition, sleep and exercise. These are also critical elements in the learning process. But most people don’t know why. And if we just tell students without them knowing why, they will ignore us.
But now, we now know why. We can show students what is happening inside their brain when they practice. Or when they take a refreshing break. Or when they sleep.
Space repetition, avoiding cramming, deliberate practice and other techniques produce demonstrable differences in student’s learning outcomes.
In other words, it is quite amazing that our children go through a decade or more of formal education and yet, they are never taught how to learn effectively?
We can change that now.
We can move into the future by providing our students training on a massive scale by reaching students and teachers directly. We can reach them with high quality materials to convey the best of what we know from research on how students learn effectively.
It is time we reached out directly to students with courses that will be immensely helpful to teachers who will find it easier to convey challenging material and promote deeper understanding.
This brings me to introducing today’s keynote speaker, Dr. Barbara Oakley. Barbara’s innovations began in the classroom, then manifested in a bestseller book culminating to very effective online video-based set of courses accessible to all.
The Wall Street Journal recently described her work as “revolutionary” as she simplifies the complex intersection of neuroscience and social behaviour. If universities are Goliaths, Barbara is our David. Let me explain.
I’ve spent my academic career in Canada. The largest university in Canada is the University of Toronto with nearly 90,000 students and over 600,000 alumni. It’s size has a huge impact on Canadian culture and society. Barbara Oakley co-authors with Terry Sejnowski to teach Learning How To Learn. This MOOC has had three and half times more students than those that have ever taken any course at the University of Toronto. So, in a way, Barbara is bigger than the University of Toronto!
In my previous role, Barbara was a distinguished scholar who produced her 2nd MOOC with us at McMaster University called Mindshifts. By the time I moved to Lahore last year, Barbara had developed Learning How To Learn for Children.
When I told her that Pakistan’s demographic makes it one of the youngest countries in the world, she offered to gift her scripts, her story boards and the Intellectual Property rights for Learning How To Learn. This gift came with two conditions. First, her courses had to be taught by local professors. Second, they must be offered in Urdu, in Punjabi, in Sindhi, or any of our languages. Who could have asked for better conditions?
We are currently in the process of launching these courses. But ladies and gentlemen, Barbara’s offering is not for LUMS or its partners to benefit from. Instead it is a national offering to all of us, for all audiences to be made in Pakistan for Pakistanis. I invite you and others who wish to join us in broadening the reach and scope of this important, national endeavour. Barbara will tell you more about herself and her adventures.
Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you Barbara Oakley!
- DisruptEd: Ideas that matterMay 6,2019
Dr. Arshad speaks at the inaugural session of DisruptEd: Ideas that Matter which he referred to as a national initiative promising to inspire and engage youth as learning in the digital age is embraced. Through this platform, youth will have the opportunity of becoming co-producers in the important roles that any digital economy relies on.DisruptEd: Ideas that matter
Assalamalaikum. I’d like to warmly welcome Mr Aamir Ibrahim, CEO, Mr. Ali Naseer, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and all of our partners from Jazz. I also want to thank faculty, students, alumni and honourable guests for joining us this evening.
It gives me great pleasure to inaugurate the Jazz-LUMS partnership ‘DisruptEd: Ideas that matter’, a national initiative which promises to inspire and engage Pakistani youth as we embrace learning in the digital age.
The raison d’etre for this partnership is not only timely but imperative as the digital revolution becomes ubiquitous. As Moore’s law demonstrates computing power doubles every two years. This is enabling data analytics, artificial intelligence and intelligent tools to scale up through platform-based environments that are continuing to disrupt manufacturing, services and the way we connect with each other.
Jazz is pioneering its way through this revolution in Pakistan and you will hear the exciting prospects from Mr. Ibrahim in a moment. But you might ask, what exactly is being disrupted at LUMS?
After all, universities have continued to go about its business as usual for hundreds of years and have somehow managed to immunise themselves from disruption.
This notion couldn’t be further away from the truth. Disruption in education, like in other industries, is fueled by innovators and change-makers, who rebuild and reshape conventional, traditional thinking. Our core business is learning which implies change in not only thinking but how processes are transformed, as problems are reimagined as opportunities thereby charting new pathways for solutions that become the new norm.
LUMS did that with Management education in Pakistan in a remarkably short period of time and has repeated that successively by offering the most progressive liberal arts education through its programmes in the humanities and social sciences, in legal education, its no-boundaries sciences and engineering programmes and more recently, by offering a radical programme in graduate education that aims to disrupt the policy agenda in school-wide systems across the country. This is curriculum innovation available to all Pakistanis.
You may be surprised to hear, just how accessible LUMS is to young Pakistanis. For example, this year students applied from 162 towns, villages and cities from all provinces where 1 out of 3 will get significant financial support, and 10% of the 1,100 we will take in in the next few months, will come from the remotest and most disadvantaged regions whose tuition, board, supplies and onboarding will be fully paid for. This is a cornerstone of LUMS need-blind, full-merit admissions policy to engage the youth of Pakistan to disrupt their thinking as they learn to have their say in the 21st century they stand to inherit.
If I list the innovative intellectual contributions from LUMS that pass the test of peer review before they get widely disseminated, or list the awards, accreditation and grants we have received including entrepreneurship, big data and nanotechnology, and I can keep going … there will be no time left for the presentation tonight.
But I will say this. The DNA of LUMS is rooted in disruption and many visible changes are underway. For the past 6 months, LUMS has taken stock and has charted new directions in how each of its 5 schools will work together to disrupt a broader agenda that confronts the significant challenges Pakistan faces into opportunities for the coming generations.
One of these changes is becoming visible in transdisciplinary Centres who have institutional mandates to tackle issues dealing with water, energy, big data, urbanisation, policy, business in society, leadership in learning and more.
Another is through our organisational structure and governance that will essentially flatten decision making.
And perhaps the most compelling disruption is the idea of pedagogical partnerships between faculty and students that will give students more agency as co-authors, co-presenters and co-designers of their courses, programmes and their learning. This idea will formally kick off as we inaugurate a world-class LUMS Learning Institute this fall.
None of these disruptions however, occur in a vacuum. Collaboration is a pre-condition between important stakeholders within LUMS and beyond. Jazz and LUMS promises to take this philosophy to new heights by prioritising innovation and digitisation as core strategic goals to advance the overall development objectives of Pakistan’s Vision 2025.
Pakistan’s ‘youth bulge’ includes some 50 million kids in school with 2 out of 3 of the entire 220 million population in the 20’s or younger. They can deliver a demographic dividend like no other country in the world. The youth are literally the engine to the country’s future development. And that engine requires fuel – fuel that is represented in an enabling learning environment that will empower our youth to take risks and innovate, to fail, to rebound, and to engage productively and collaboratively.
To bring about positive change, technology and the tools are revealed through big ideas that we believe will inspire change that has widespread impact. ‘DisruptEd: Ideas that matter’ is a platform to give voice to our youth so they can become co-producers in the important roles that any digital economy relies on and you will be the first to hear about these ideas.
Take for example, the very idea of how humans learn. Our speaker in June is Barbara Oakley, author and producer of the world’s most subscribed course, Learning How To Learn that has attracted over 2 million students worldwide. Barbara has generously given the intellectual property rights of her course to LUMS to re-produce in Urdu in an adult and children’s version that Arbisoft company is currently working on and Jazz will help to disseminate.
But today, we open the series with the first speaker of this national initiative with Mr. Aamir Ibrahim, who has since 2016, been the CEO of Jazz, Pakistan’s largest telecom and Internet company with over 55 million subscribers and one of the country’s largest businesses. Mr. Ibrahim’s impressive trajectory has seen him at the helm in industries as diverse as telecommunications, automotive, and financial services. He is a member of the Global Executive Committee of VEON, a multinational telecommunication services company headquartered in Amsterdam, and also the sixth largest telecom operator in the world, where he has held a senior leadership position.
Mr. Ibrahim has also worked in reputed companies such as Ford, Jaguar and Land Rover, the Telenor Group, and Mobilink. And of course, who can deny his legacy of creating and launching the Jazz brand in 1999, Pakistan’s first prepaid mobile service, which is today the country’s largest indigenous consumer brand.
He will be speaking on 'Leadership in the Age of Rapid Digitalization', and also be sharing the Jazz leadership philosophy which comprises 3 aspects — expanding digital literacy, scaling up tools that enable connectivity, and forming strategic partnerships with like-minded institutions to leverage digital learning in Pakistan and beyond.
So please help me to welcome our esteemed speaker, Mr Aamir Ibrahim to officially kickstart ‘DisruptEd: Ideas that matter’.
- Inauguration of Biosymposium and Workshop on Advanced NMR Techniques in Structural Biology and ChemistryInauguration of Biosymposium and Workshop on Advanced NMR Techniques in Structural Biology and ChemistryMay 6,2019
Vice Chancellor speaks at the inauguration of Biosymposium and Workshop on Advanced NMR Techniques in Structural Biology and Chemistry. Speaking to the audience, Dr. Arshad reiterated the significance of integrating original research and scholarship for a university to be at a position to impart world-class education.Inauguration of Biosymposium and Workshop on Advanced NMR Techniques in Structural Biology and Chemistry
For a university to be at a position to impart world-class education, original research and scholarship must be assimilated and integrated into its very core. Higher education and a thriving research culture is essential to the socio-economic development of a country as basic research in universities is ultimately translated into industrial development. At LUMS, we take this vision very seriously, and there are numerous examples that reinforce this.
The setting-up of the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering in 2007, is one such example, which has, since its inception, made enormous contributions towards scientific education and the research landscape of Pakistan.
The annual symposium is a validation of the advancement the School has made in the realm of science and technology.
The researchers present today will be part of a hands-on workshop on modern Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) techniques to answer pertinent scientific questions. This was only possible after LUMS established the NMR facility last year; the 600 MHz NMR is the only facility in the whole region of Punjab. However, it is not exclusively for the LUMS community and we invite others to benefit and learn from it.
Conferences and training workshops are essential to hone an environment of quality research particularly in interdisciplinary areas. The turnout today is an indication of a dynamic research culture in Pakistan, with people coming to attend this symposium from cities as far as Abbottabad, Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Sargodha and Islamabad. I hope you all have a productive day ahead and will learn new ideas and develop collaboration.
- Thirteenth Annual Humanities and Social Sciences ConferenceApril 15,2019
Dr. Arshad speaks to the 13th Annual Humanities and Social Sciences Conference where he commented that the human race is extremely complex but it is also the one which solves these complexities.Thirteenth Annual Humanities and Social Sciences Conference
Respected Rector LUMS, Mr Shahid Hussain, Dean MGSHSS, Dr Kamran Asdar Ali, faculty, students and honourable guests, Assalamalaikum.
It is an honour to address this august gathering where today we begin to delve into the mysteries of the human race under the Thirteenth Annual Humanities and Social Sciences Conference and look at, “Critical Interventions: Mapping Emerging Scholarship on South Asia”.
The human race is extremely complex but it is also the one which solves these complexities. I am always intrigued by the purpose of anthropology that is to make the world safe for human differences. To me how society works, how people put themselves together and make sense of their surroundings are fascinating elements of the human experience.
The HSS conference has over the years enabled us to give space to emerging scholarship on the region so that scholars generate newer critical paradigms to think through the transformations of contemporary South Asia. Dr Rasul Bakhsh Rais, Professor of Political Science in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences can be credited for conceptualising the conference which has become a forum for sharing researches in various disciplines of humanities and social sciences.
These researches require an inter-disciplinary intellectual conversation among historians, sociologists, economists or scholars from other fields of humanities and social sciences.
This is just one of the reasons why research by scholars from within the region and western academia working on South Asia need to be brought together on one platform. The HSS conference creates such an interface among scholars from different disciplines and working in different parts of the world.
However, as social scientists we are well-aware of how other professional degrees tend to inadvertently be considered superior to social sciences. This misplaced notion has taken root to an extent that there is no recognition of how the real issues plaguing societies are poked and probed, deconstructed and understood in classrooms of liberal arts colleges such as LUMS.
Humanities and the social sciences must not be marginalised; care must be taken to create an environment where robust debate between social scientists is the norm, and society at large is cognizant of the great power and strength needed to tackle many social problems existing today. LUMS certainly does recognise this necessity, and works aggressively to further provide a productive environment for research and debate. The HSS conference is just one such example, and this annual gathering becomes better with each passing year.
The objective is to bring together work across multiple disciplines from both indigenous and diasporic scholars working on the region. It aims to build on the movement to decolonise academy, thereby highlighting the need for emerging perspectives on South Asia. In doing so, multidisciplinary knowledge about the region for academics can be generated. Though the quest for indigenous forms of knowledge is ongoing but can never be carried out in isolation, in a vacuum; it is no longer feasible to conduct research in South Asia without attending to several themes that crop up around the world, including the phenomenon of violence and ethnic conflict, and the specific concerns of gender and feminist criticism.
We have witnessed around the world the rise of power and knowledge, of political ideologies greatly threatened by each other, of grass-root movements that have toppled regimes, and societies developing in certain areas while regressing in others. With regards to South Asian policy, investigating the current regional shifts while being mindful of dynamic social, political, and military climates is essentially pertinent as these influence ideological contestations. These tend to have a trickle down impact on people comprising different communities in the region, their lives, their perspectives to the world, and the tangible and intangible infrastructure they shape, and that shapes them. Such conferences allow us to deconstruct such narratives and comprehend their holistic and reductionist impact on us all.
Social justice is also one facet that requires our attention in academic scholarship. There tends to be a delicate interplay between religion, ideology and strategy which, if neglected, gives rise to resistance forces that tend to be labelled as the “other”. We must remember that this labelling will never allow society to become accepting and tolerant, and so we must welcome such voices, such diverse narratives, and embrace them so that our scholarship also benefits.
In these scientific endeavours we must not forget one reality: that though we are professionals, what sets us apart if that we are also humanists at heart. Social scientists ensure that there is no judgement involved when conducting research; there is no labelling of whether an action committed by humans is right or wrong. The scientific perspective adopted aims to understand what humans do, and why they do so, all from an empathetic viewpoint. It struggles to comprehend and interpret their actions and worldview against the backdrop of the macro and microcosm they exist in.
LUMS is a space which allows such conflicting and complementary narratives to come together and evolve, and the conference allows the transdisciplinary approach to research and education at the University to truly shine. This has been possible due to strong collaboration between open-minded members of the LUMS community and their willingness to engage with different disciplinary fields to resolve complex social issues, and further the debate.
I am excited at the prospect of what promising new discoveries will be unravelled in the panel discussions and keynote speeches featuring an array of original scholarship. The debate that will follow is bound to help us shape our perspectives to the vulnerabilities and unpredictability of human life.
Thank you and enjoy the lively discourse to follow!
- Shark Tank EventApril 10,2019
VC speaks to the attendees of the Shark Tank Event and talks about design thinking, innovation, and disruption as attributes becoming synonymous with entrepreneurship. Dr. Arshad further mentions that LUMS not only goes after high-merit and top academic performers but also after diversity to represent every corner of Pakistan.Shark Tank Event
Thank you Abbas, Abid and especially Fatima for choosing LUMS as your host today. We want everyone to have a wonderful memory of what promises to be an excellent evening where seeds will be planted, new collaborations will be born and where lives are likely to change. So, the stakes are quite high today for what I’m told is a first-of-a-kind event for the chapter in this exclusive networking opportunity with a room full of talent, leadership and influencers here tonight.
There are at least three words that are now becoming synonymous with entrepreneurship. They are design thinking, innovation and disruption. Allow me then to make a pitch about taking LUMS to the next level based on these three elements.
The first and primary focus of LUMS is captured in the word empathy, which as you know is an essential design element. Here I mean, knowing and going after those you serve. At LUMS it’s a certain kind of student. We not only go after high-merit, top academic performers but also after diversity to represent every corner of Pakistan. We scout for students throughout the year and the results are borne in the profile of our applications.
This year students applied from 162 towns, villages and cities from all provinces. 1 out of 3 will get significant financial support and 10% of the 1100 we take in will come from the remotest and most disadvantaged regions whose tuition, board, supplies and onboarding will be fully paid for. This is in part due to a national outreach programme now in its 19th year. And it is a cornerstone of LUMS needs blind, full-merit admissions policy.
The second strategic goal is innovation and that targets industry partnerships with medium-sized, high growth companies who are hungry to innovate but don’t have R&D as the necessary lever to take them to the next level. What differentiates LUMS from other universities is that our intellectual capital is channelled through Centres, bundled across disciplines. So, if an organization is in the business of water, energy, urbanization, accelerators, finance, diplomacy, policy, etc., we have a dozen centres with cross-appointed professors who will tackle wicked-problems from interdisciplinary, and integrated perspectives. In other words, LUMS intellectual capital will come from the contributions of professors engaged in action research, applied research and use-inspired research that solve Pakistan’s problems. That is our way forward on the innovation front by taking ideas to market with our industry partners whose goals are simultaneously strengthened.
The third word disruption is really about disrupting ourselves. Our product is our curriculum and it is designed by professors whose expertise is within a discipline, often a narrow part of the discipline. But if you put together a humanist with a scientist and business professor and add a couple of students to design a course – say on solar energy, magic happens. Actually, it could be a course about anything, but it must be co-designed. In addition, this gets even more exciting when you scale transdiscipliarity across an entire programme. It is the same kind of magic that will happen this evening when start-ups are mentored by the experts in the room, who stand to learn as much as the mentees. The curriculum disruption at LUMS is going to be done intentionally, systematically and sustained through what will be Pakistan’s first Learning Institute, an Institute which we hope will inspire other universities to create their own versions.
If you believe that LUMS can embrace design thinking, innovation and disruption in its core strategy, and if you believe as we do that these ways forward will take us to the next level to become the leading university in Asia, then I invite you to invest in us.
After all, in the trajectory of universities that are hundreds of years old, we are merely a start-up.
Thank you. And have a great evening!
- HEC NBEAC 6th Deans and Directors ConferenceApril 10,2019
Dr. Arshad’s addressed the HEC NBEAC 6th Deans and Directors Conference where he noted that though LUMS is a small university, its impact is big and its alumni are making their presence felt at a global level. Speaking at the event, VC further noted that together we can enhance the value of community, process, research and programs continuously.HEC NBEAC 6th Deans and Directors Conference
Respected Dr. Tariq Banuri, Dr Farrukh Iqbal, Syed Babar Ali, Members of the LUMS Management Committee, Ladies and Gentlemen, Assalamalikum.
It is a pleasure and a privilege to welcome you all to LUMS today, as we come together to celebrate the evolving landscape of business education in Pakistan and across the globe at the HEC NBEAC 6th Deans and Directors Conference platform.
LUMS is a relatively small university among some 30 universities in Punjab, 200 universities in Pakistan and over 26,000 universities around the world but its impact is big. Our alumni, 12000 strong, are making their presence felt at a global level, our research is setting new trends in academia and industry and our executive education is equipping professionals with the much-needed skills to make a difference. The institution that came into being because of one man’s foresight to make a world class institution for Pakistan has grown to become a place where faculty and students work together to discuss ideas and theories, then find solutions to complex problems that plague society. As our founder Syed Babar Ali says, I quote, “A building doesn’t make a Harvard. The basic fundamentals are to select the best faculty, select the best students, give them an opportunity to develop themselves, empower them, and give them a chance to make mistakes and learn from them.”
The thrust of education at LUMS has been to provide our students with a rich and more nuanced understanding of how the world works and how they can be prepared as lifelong learners in taking up challenges of the world we live in. LUMS offers that space not just for the provision of education, but for a certain quality of education where we teach and learn wisely by recognising the challenges our society expects to face in the coming decades.
We must agree that no project is small or large and that success is dependent on not only the idea, the design, the plan and the resources. The critical element is always execution. In other words, it is not so much on the ‘what’ but on the ‘how.’ This gathering brings together important stakeholders to discuss the how.
Together, with the HEC National Business Education Accreditation Council we can ensure that we embark on a journey to continuously enhance the value of our community, our processes, our research and our programmes. Mutually, we can share experiences that contribute towards enhancing the quality of management education and industry practices in the country. As leaders in education we mark the benchmarks for academic excellence and so must collaborate and work together to improve the well-being of everyone involved.
And as Babar Sahib says, “Life is an on-going challenge and it is always relative. You have got to keep on improving and challenging yourself to do better.”
I must share an interesting incident with all of you. On my first day at LUMS, Syed Babar Ali, set the tone for me and my new role. I will not forget how he put things in perspective by asking “We want to know how we can help you succeed.” This was my first experience of his gracious and empathetic leadership. And since then I’ve seen that almost everyone you meet, who has been involved with LUMS, will tell you he is a mentor. His generosity and humility are examples for all of us to follow. Babar Sahib kept the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS) afloat through his own finances as Co-Chairperson because he believed in the vision of the Centre. His belief is that “Giving is about how big your heart is and not how deep your pocket is.”
Despite his wealth of experience and his massive accolades, he is always open to learning new things from other people no matter where they come from. He often says, “I am like a sponge. I go around absorbing new ideas and information and then try to pass them on to others.” This openness to learning from not only people in your field of education but other disciplines as well is one of the institutional traits at the core of LUMS as well. This transdisciplinary expertise helps students at the University to understand how scientists think side by side with humanists, or how the lens of business fuses with the world engineers live in, or how a legal framework presents boundaries for solutions from our social scientists.
On behalf of the LUMS community I would like to thank Babar Sahib for his invaluable contribution to Pakistan in the form of LUMS and hope that we’ll continue to benefit from his guidance and wisdom in the years to come.
Once again I thank you all for being here. Have a pleasant evening.
- LUMS Fulbright Scholars Alumni ReunionApril 5,2019
Vice Chancellor speaks to a gathering of LUMS Fulbright Scholars Alumni Reunion remarking that Fulbright is a beacon of that investment that has given you distinction in government, business, education and of course the many disciplines that Fulbright alumni have decided to join and continue to excel in.LUMS Fulbright Scholars Alumni Reunion
I want to extend a warm welcome to everyone to celebrate this special and exceptional homecoming of Fulbright Scholars from LUMS. I also want to recognise some special guests with us from the US Educational Foundation in Pakistan including Rita Bruun Akhtar, Executive Director and Mazhar Awan, Director Alumni Affairs. We also welcome from the US Consulate in Lahore, Elizabeth Lee, Deputy Public Affairs Officer, and Jamal Ghazanfar, Provincial Alumni Coordinator as well as Dr. Nick Zoa, visiting U.S. Fulbright Scholar who are with us and of course, all of the LUMS Fulbright Alumni – Thank you for being with us here at LUMS!
It is a privilege to host you as you come together, share your stories and your journeys to learn life lessons about roads less travelled. If all your stories were told, they would include 567 Fulbright journeys consisting of 426 graduate and post-graduates as well as 141 undergraduates –from 2004 on – all from LUMS – making you the largest Fulbright Alumni community in Pakistan.
So, tonight is not only about the gathering of Pakistan’s talent representing all parts of our country, but in many ways about the story of LUMS and the many LUMS ki kahaniyan waiting to be told, giving meaning to our work, and why we are so proud and happy to be a small part of your journey.
Let me say something provocative by quoting the visionary H.G. Wells who wrote almost a century ago that, quote, “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” Unquote. This sentence was prophetic, as we in Pakistan have seen the broader race between education and catastrophe, where education has lost a lot of ground. And yet, I am convinced that all of us here this evening believe without reservation, that education is destined to win that race. It will win because you have demonstrated the power of educational leadership. It will win because you are contributing to knowledge and innovation, to improve civil society and make a better world for the generations that follow you.
Fulbright scholars from LUMS epitomize diversity that is Pakistan, underestimated by many, from humble beginnings and backgrounds with hopes, dreams and the audacity to create infinite change through the well-being of others. Many of you have come full circle back to Pakistan and in several cases back to LUMS grateful to those who invested in your education and the social capital you created with that investment.
The Fulbright is a beacon of that investment that has given you distinction in government, business, education and of course the many disciplines that you have joined and continue to excel in. The Fulbright scholarship is a journey of a lifetime and tonight I hope you share your stories as a reminder that collectively there is still much more work to be done.
So allow me to get us started with a few stories that remind us of our purpose at LUMS and provide clarity about what we must continue to do as educators.
I’ll start with a colleague, Karrar Hussain Jaffar, who came from Quetta, Baluchistan in a bus after a long journey even though he had admission elsewhere, and joined LUMS on a whim, wondering what on earth he was getting into. As he tells his story, he might as well have landed on the moon, but took the steps many of you have taken, completed a BSc, then an MSc in Economics and graduated in 2008 from Humanities and Social Sciences. Karar went on to do a Master’s in Public Administration at Harvard as a Fulbright scholar and then a PhD in Economics from the University of South California, and as destiny would have it, came back full circle to LUMS as a faculty member where he continues to teach in LUMS largest department of Economics.
Sardar Karim, was born and raised like many others from the high Himalayan valleys of Gilgit-Baltistan who completed a BSc Economics in 2010 here and was one of eight candidates globally earning a joint Japan-World Bank Graduate Scholarship and a Fulbright Scholarship. Karim chose the Fulbright, completed his Masters at Harvard and now serves as a manager at Price Water-House Coopers and a consultant at the Oxford Policy Management.
Sana Warraich did her BA-LL.B in 2015 here, went on to do her LLM at the Harvard Law School on a Fulbright Scholarship where she was the International Law Journal editor and work on human rights, public policy and public international law as an associate in the Karachi based firm of Vellani and Vellani.
Muhammad Khudad Chattha also has is a graduate of Accounting and Finance graduated in 2011, received his Fulbright to complete a Masters at Harvard in International development and is now serving Pakistan as Assistant Commissioner, Inland Revenue in Rawalpindi and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford.
Let me also add alumnus Bilal Tanweer, BSc, Social Science, 2006, whose Fulbright took him to Columbia University and to the University of Iowa.
Bilal has since received several literary awards making his mark as fiction writer, poet and translator. He too has come full circle teaching at LUMS in the Humanities and Social Sciences and is a leader in bringing exceptional speakers, artists and cultural events to LUMS through the Gurmani Foundation.
All of the Fulbright scholars here and those who could not join us tonight are trailblazers in their own right, transformed by Fulbright, changing lives, and collectively making history to lift the next generation to win the race through the gift that is education.
Let us listen to more stories, join in this celebration and enjoy the evening.
- AACSB Accreditation Celebratory DinnerFebruary 22,2019
Dr. Arshad shares a few words with guests during AACSB Accreditation event mentioning AACSB certification as a historic milestone for SDSB, for LUMS, and certainly for Pakistan. Dr. Arshad further reminded the audience that with this accreditation, SDSB has become a member of the 836 business schools in the world with this prestigious certification.AACSB Accreditation Celebratory Dinner
AACSB is without a doubt a historic milestone for SDSB, for LUMS, and certainly for Pakistan. With humble beginnings in two little buildings not far from here, the founders of LUMS had the audacity to dream of a School that would make this University the first choice for parents to send their children; that would excite the business community and the public sector to train their best talent in this School’s executive programmes; and that would lead the way to inspire a family of Schools which have made LUMS into a comprehensive University today.
This journey is a powerful reminder that what was once considered impossible has become possible, and a reminder of what the great cultural anthropologist, writer and academic Margaret Meade once said about such journeys, and I quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has”.
So, ladies and gentlemen, what now as SDSB is validated as the first School in Pakistan to join the AACSB family – A family of 836 institutions out of some 26,000 worldwide. What now, as we join 5% of leading business schools in the world?
The answer is both challenging and exciting since we know accreditation is not a destination but a crossroad that allows us to do at least three things in the coming years:
First, with international visibility we can strengthen our recruitment efforts. Here, we must continue to attract top faculty who are the most valuable assets of LUMS, but equally important, we must bring in international students. International students must become a strategic priority of SDSB and every School at LUMS. Accreditation is the insurance that international faculty and students look for and we now have it.
Second, international visibility must become synonymous with new collaborations that aim to produce innovations – through cutting edge interdisciplinary research, curricular and teaching-related exchanges. LUMS has already prioritised collaboration across its 5 Schools as a key differentiator through transdisciplinary education which will be leveraged through a dozen Centres that already exist. As we unify LUMS through these Centres including the Centre for Business and Society, Entrepreneurship, Water, Energy, Urban Studies, Policy, and many more across the institution, we will find that the best universities will be drawn to collaborate with us and seek collaborations with them.
Third, international visibility means setting higher expectations. With more checks and balances, internally and externally, to raise the quality of what we do as researchers, teachers and service providers; AACSB’s Assurance of Learning Framework is rigorous and is all about the continuous quality improvement that speaks to process as is does to outcomes.
To summarise, while accreditation is an achievement worth celebrating the hard work of many who are in this room, it is also an opportunity to reimagine what we must do in the coming decades to make our founders proud and to inspire the next generation of leaders who take LUMS to new heights.
I also want to acknowledge and thank the important work of several people who have worked behind the scenes, including the founders and the management committee inspired by Syed Babar Ali; the former Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, former Deans, Arif Butt, Ehsan ul Haque, Junaid Ashraf, Jawad Syed; the Accreditation Team including Dr. Fazal Jawad Seyyed, Mohsin Nasir, Saad Saeed, Shiza Shahzad; Members of the Advisory Board and in particular Shahid Ansari and a special thank you to Dr. Zahoor Hassan who has been the quarterback to bring us together. To all of you, faculty, staff and students, thank you for your continued hard work and support.
- China Pakistan Economic Corridor: Managing the ChangeJanuary 17,2019
Dr. Arshad Ahmad’s address at ‘China Pakistan Economic Corridor: Managing the Change’, a conference organised by China Pakistan Management Initiative (CPMI) at the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB).China Pakistan Economic Corridor: Managing the Change
Welcome to the China Pakistan Management Initiative. As many of you know, this is wedding season in Lahore. And if you’ve organised one, it shares many similarities to organising a conference. There are a thousand details to worry about and many sleepless nights. Well, now the guests have arrived and it is time to start the ceremonies!
So, let me begin then by first giving thanks to our partner Dr. Shahid Rashid, Executive Director and his team at the Centre of Excellence – CPEC, Islamabad and to Dr. Omair Haroon, SDSB faculty and Director, for putting together this fine conference.
I also like to acknowledge the panellists, moderators, presenters and session chairs who are the heart of the conference and the support staff for organising this fine event and you, for attending.
CPEC is of course part of the One Road One Belt Initiative with mega projects focusing on energy and infrastructure connecting Western China to the Indian Ocean. While the investments are in capital assets, its success and sustainability will critically depend on the development of human resources who will build and manage these assets.
Given that the population of Asian countries is the largest in the world, with Pakistan’s over 210 million, there is an important demographic we cannot ignore. That demographic is the young people, with 120 million Pakistanis under the age of 29, making us one of the youngest countries in the world. It is our responsibility to young people that CPEC projects spill into collaborations that improve the well-being of everyone involved.
It is no wonder that CPEC has generated a lot of interest in our neighbouring Chinese firms and their counterparts here and if successfully executed, the potential economic impact will be enormous as thousands of jobs are created in our economy over the next few years. But like any project, small or large, success is dependent on not only the idea, the design, the plan and the resources. The critical element is always execution. In other words, it is not so much on the what but on the how. This conference brings together important stakeholders and fine people like yourself to discuss the how. If we look at the sessions and the key areas that are explored in this conference, the how is implicated where policy interventions interacts with management practice and implementation efforts.
Of course, CPEC is also about promoting world-class research, education and training in business relations, as well as policy and management. And here at the business school at LUMS we take tremendous pride in proactive approaches to tackle emerging business and management issues. Our goal is to develop capacity and expertise on the human side that will ultimately determine whether these mega projects succeed and make meaningful contributions to meet the challenges posed by CPEC.
It is a cliché, but true that the west is looking to the east and in particular China for answers. The remarkable progress in China speaks volumes in international business, scientific research and education. I was in Wuhan last October and saw first-hand that this is indeed the case. Wuhan has many universities and it is an open secret that China aims to create a group of world-class universities and disciplines by the end of 2050 outlined in its Double First Class University Plan. According to the Nature Index, China is now in the Top 10 of emerging institutions in scientific research in 2018, where it occupied 9 of the top 10 places in the table, with the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences as number 1 in the world.
In the World University Rankings 2019 published by Times Higher Education, Tsinghua University surpassed the National University of Singapore to become the best university in Asia after having risen eight places and ranked 22nd in the world. In total, 72 Chinese universities are listed in the rankings, which makes it the fourth most represented nation in the world. It is this strong commitment to research in higher education that China is making such remarkable progress.
In Pakistan, LUMS too has made incredible progress. We were historically a teaching institution led by this business school, which continues to have an incredible impact on management practice and in a short period has become a household name and national treasure.
LUMS is now a comprehensive university with five schools. For the first time in 2018, LUMS was ranked in the top 100 by QS University Rankings, which are one of most prestigious. To put this in perspective, during each of the past 4 years LUMS has improved to a cumulative increase of 86 places.
These improvements speak of the hard work of faculty and to the importance they give in producing and disseminating knowledge. We acknowledge this work and celebrate it at this wonderful conference.
So let me conclude by also saying that as China celebrates its economic miracle and looks outward through its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, I think we can say that China has been a good teacher.
I will close by quoting a disciple of Confucius, who once asked the great educator and philosopher the following question:
“Is there any one word that could guide a person throughout life?"
The Master replied, "How about 'reciprocity'! Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.”
This wonderful word represents the spirit of this conference. With reciprocal learning in mind, I welcome all of you again to enjoy the next few days together.
- Alumni Homecoming Weekend 2018December 15,2018
At the annual grand homecoming event, the Vice Chancellor welcomes alumni back at their alma mater.Alumni Homecoming Weekend 2018
It is an honour and my privilege to see all of you together during this very special homecoming, an event that marks the end of the academic and calendar year, but also the beginning of the holiday season. It is a very special season as everyone around the world goes home to family to give thanks, to pay their respects and strengthen their bonds.
So, it is only fitting that we start this evening by first acknowledging our parents, spouses and family members here. We thank each of you for everything you have done to support our Alumni. You don’t get enough credit for your commitment to their success and their development, and you certainly deserve recognition from all of us this evening. Thank you. I also want to thank our faculty and staff who have been the custodians and facilitators of our Alumni that are today 12,132 strong in Pakistan and around the world. Thank you.
Dear alumni, on behalf of your family at LUMS, we welcome you to your home on familiar ground, where you also grew up, and to this event, to rejoice, to rejuvenate and to reflect. I want to begin my reflections by quoting the visionary writer H.G. Wells who wrote almost a century ago that, quote, “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” Unquote.
This sentence was prophetic, as we in Pakistan have seen the broader race between education and catastrophe, where education has lost a lot of ground. It is not surprising therefore, for many of us to dwell on the darker periods of living with a sense of loss, or despair or fear. Or fall into a mindset that perpetuates our shortcomings.
Paradoxically, during the same dark moments, there are smaller groups who see challenge as opportunity and who have never doubted their roles as change agents with purpose. These smaller groups will point to the fact that more women and men today have a chance to live in hope, to live longer, healthier and see their well-being improve more dramatically than any other time in history.
These smaller groups are in the business of realising human intelligence and human talent that gives back to society the vitality that it deserves. They consider the goal of education is not the mastery of subject matter but to use subject matter as a tool to improve the human condition. They feel that knowledge comes with the responsibility to see that it serves real people and the communities they inhabit. These smaller groups insist that the way we learn is as important as the content of what we learn.
I submit to you that we who are gathered under this tent tonight are that smaller group. And improving the human condition is the central challenge for all educators today.
All universities must play a critical role to release human ability that looks to solutions for the critical problems that mark our public affairs. LUMS is after all a relatively small group among some 30 universities in Punjab, 200 universities in Pakistan and over 26,000 universities around the world. We all know that LUMS has distinguished itself for many achievements, but I believe it prospers because it speaks directly to the values that are an extension of what our families teach us at home. These are the values of integrity, of hard work and high standards – values that have served LUMS and our alumni over time.
Everyone here also knows that these values were championed by people here with us today who gathered in a building not far from here and ingrained these values through a curriculum that aimed to build management capacity in Pakistan. That vision of management leadership was revolutionary 32 years ago. And while LUMS has evolved and matured into a comprehensive university, we are at a point in time today when the world around us is experiencing the 4th industrial revolution that is changing the very nature of work, where revolution is already becoming the new evolution.
There is a lot of data that supports how pervasive the 4th industrial revolution is. Take for example, the recent report from the World Economic Forum called “The Future of Jobs 2018.” It surveyed chief human resources officers and strategy executives from more than 300 global companies across 12 industries and 20 emerging economies. The report argues forcefully that, quote, “machines and algorithms in the workplace are expected to create 133 million new roles, cause 75 million jobs to be displaced in just 4 years which means AI will create 58 million net new jobs in the next few years.” Unquote. New jobs are good news for our alumni if we embrace this new reality.
In this scenario, by the time a new LUMS student graduates, machines will perform more tasks than humans, who currently do roughly 3 out of 4 tasks. This is a transformational shift with a major impact on the global workforce.
And yet, the challenges of the 4th industrial revolution is not unprecedented if we consider the challenges faced by our elders who have experienced greater hardships and displacement, including the great depression, a world war, mass migration and catastrophe. But the solution today cannot be just more education. It cannot even be the kind of education we experienced, which prepared us to work for organisations that could not hire enough people. The supply and demand for jobs today has been reversed. It is therefore not more education, but an education of a certain kind that will save us. And so, we must ask what does that education look like? And what is its purpose?
The urgency to answer these questions is imperative worldwide and especially in Pakistan which has a demographic profile like no other country with 2 out of 3 people that are in their 20’s or younger.
One answer is to build on the kind of education that helped us to enable the quality of leadership that is present today amongst our alumni. But this time we need to make choices that focus on a broader understanding of leadership which will not only have the most impact on the growth industries of the future but also on those who serve society in ways we have not served before.
If you were at Dean Andrabi’s masterclass yesterday, you saw compelling data about an explosive education sector throughout Pakistan that has more jobs to offer than all of the other disciplines combined, which explains why our School of Education is preparing leaders that can transform schools and related institutions at all levels.
There is however, a broader imperative for the university if we remember that the prefix “uni” means to unify. In other words, we must go back to the times when all disciplines were far more integrated so that the strengths that each school has to offer is represented in a curriculum that is greater than the sum of its parts.
The 21st century University cannot use the current model of using independent, fragmented disciplinary-focused knowledge to solve one problem at a time when society faces a series of overlapping, interconnected, complex problems. The challenge of the university is therefore to reconceptualise its relationship with society by working to serve both civic and corporate structures through individuals from many academic disciplines to serve the greater good.
Our graduates can no longer come out after 4 years with singular disciplinary expertise as defined in our majors. They must be inculcated with cross-disciplinary or what we are calling at LUMS, transdisciplinary expertise that helps them to understand how scientists think side by side with humanists, or how the lens of business fuses with the world engineers live in, or how a legal framework presents boundaries for solutions from our social scientists.
In other words, our core business of doing research and teaching manifested in our curriculum must become more unified than ever before so that our students have a richer and more nuanced understanding of how the world works and how they can be prepared as lifelong learners in taking up the challenges of the 4th industrial revolution.
LUMS offers that space not just for the sheer presence of education, but for a certain quality of education where revolution becomes evolution, where we teach and learn wisely by recognising the challenges our society faces in the coming decades.
I have learned many things since I joined LUMS, but perhaps the most important learning is that LUMS is a place where leaders rise – Leaders in scholarship, leaders in social responsibility, leaders who innovate and advocate solutions that improve the human condition.
Here, that rising action is less about competition and separation than it is about sustaining a culture that brings us together. It is a culture of remembering the purpose that bought us here in the first place. And it is through our alumni who are the change agents who take responsibility to serve and improve the well-being for society at large. University learning thus invokes reciprocal responsibilities. And effective partnerships must be part of the rising tide that lifts all boats.
In this spirit, this reunion marks a turning point for a new vision for LUMS – rooted in our cherished values of integrity, hard work and setting even higher standards than we have ever before. That vision is to unite our Schools to serve the greater good through transdisciplinary curricula that partners with the public and private sectors.
We move forward by recognising our own who are demonstrating leadership that manifests itself in 12,132 different ways. There are so many examples of LUMS leaders. These include our ex-foreign minister, a young woman entrepreneur serving in the Chief Minister Punjab’s task force, the VP of TCF, the CEO of HUM TV, the Managing Director of Corporate Strategy at Deutsche Bank, the Chief Technical Advisor of Microsoft, the Economist at the World Bank’s Development Research Group, the Assistant Professors at Stanford University, Temple University, the Dean of Leveret House at Harvard university, and many, many, many more who make us proud.
This is why LUMS will continue to do its part where education with purpose will outrun catastrophe.
Now ladies and gentlemen and fellow colleagues, I speak with great pride and joy about the achievements of our alumni. Today is extra special because we want to recognise each year from this year on, a cohort of up to 10 leaders among our leaders, nominated by their peers and selected by faculty and alumni.
In this inaugural cohort, before I share with you the VC’s Alumni Achievement Award winners of 2018, please join me to first thank the people behind the scenes, our staff from the Advancement office who organised this event and worked tirelessly to bring this evening to you.
It is now my pleasure to invite Dr. Shahid Hussain, member of the Management Committee to kindly join me in presenting a plaque to the first 5 achievement award winners in our cohort.
I will start by welcoming and calling to the stage, Ahmed Haleem Khan, BSc 2000.
Ahmed Khan has dedicated the past two decades in transforming Pakistan’s nascent e-Commerce landscape through building various tech ventures. Most recently, Ahmed has served as the founding CEO of Cheetay.pk, a last-mile e-Commerce platform for prompt delivery. He has been a visionary in creating and galvanising the entrepreneurial eco-system by starting Kaymu and Daraz from scratch which have grown to be the largest e-Commerce marketplace platforms in Pakistan. While working as the Managing Director of Rocket Internet, his online Marketplace model went viral all over Asia and Europe simultaneously. Daraz.pk was recently acquired by Alibaba for a handsome amount which is a testimony for creating market value. Ahmed attributes his success by giving his time to enable others to succeed, including his role as a faculty member at LUMS, teaching entrepreneurship to MBA students. An avid sportsman recognised as the sportsman of the year at LUMS, Ahmed has also served as an Honorary Alumni and Faculty liaison for Sports@LUMS. He personally mentors aspiring entrepreneurs at Pakistan’s leading start-up incubators including Plan X and NIC.
Our next recipient is Dr. Haris Aziz, BSc 2003. To represent Dr. Aziz, who is currently in Australia, please welcome his father, Mr. Sajid Aziz.
Dr. Haris Aziz is a research scientist in the fields of artificial intelligence, theoretical computer science and mathematical social sciences. He was recognised among the 2015 IEEE’s biennial international list of AI’s 10 to Watch and awarded the CORE Chris Wallace Research Excellence Award for 2017, a prize that is awarded to one scientist annually for significant contributions to computer science research in Australia and New Zealand. He also received the Julius Career Award for enhancing the careers of exceptional early to mid-career scientists solving "one of the most important open problems in 20th century mathematics". Dr. Aziz is a Scientia Fellow and Associate Professor at the School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, and the team leader of the premier scientific research organisation in Australia. Dr. Aziz has over 100 scientific publications to his credit, including over 70 conference publications and 30 book chapters and journal articles. He is also an active member of the Sydney LUMS Alumni Chapter providing guidance to newcomers in Australia and an ambassador not just for LUMS, but also for Pakistan.
Please help me to welcome, Dr. Ihsan Ayyub Qazi, BSc 2005
Dr. Ihsan Ayyub Qazi is a rising star specialising in computer networks and distributed systems in developing regions. Earlier this year, Dr. Qazi won the prestigious Google Faculty Research Award for a proposal on designing technologies to make the Web faster for the next billion Internet users in developing countries which has a profound socio-economic impact. Dr. Qazi has presented his work at MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft Research. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 and has since worked as a Visiting Research Scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, holding positions at Cambridge, Melbourne, receiving the prestigious Andrew Mellon Fellowship and a Best Paper Award. Dr. Qazi is now a tenured Associate Professor and the current Chair of the Department of Computer Science at LUMS, where he actively mentors students and alumni, recognises and hones talent, and strongly supports alumni initiatives.
It is my pleasure to call on our 4th recipient, Luqman Ali Afzal, BSc 2002.
Luqman Ali Afzal, who attributes his flair for entrepreneurship as a student at LUMS managing the ‘Khokha’ with two employees, which spawned into a flourishing enterprise engaging many students and generated enough monies that paid for his university fees. Today, the Monal Group employs over 2,400 people at four restaurants, two banquet halls, and two amusement parks spread over Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore contributing more than 200 million rupees annually in taxes, duties, fees and rentals to the government.
The Monal Restaurant in Islamabad has become an iconic tourist attraction and has transformed the socio-economic dynamics of surrounding villages, enriching the lives of over 600 families. An active member of the LUMS Islamabad Alumni Chapter, Luqman mentors LUMS students and alumni entering the food business. He also serves the Lifetime Learning initiative at LUMS where he recently received recognition for his teaching. He also works with Rizq, a LUMS alumni-led social enterprise minimising food wastage and reducing hunger in Pakistan. The Monal Foundation manages a school and a hospital in Luqman’s ancestral village. The hospital is free and serves more than 500 patients each day specialising in neonatal care, hepatitis and eye care.
Our fifth recipient is Dr. Madiha Afzal, BSc 2002. Dr. Madiha is currently in the US and will be here with her family in February. Dr. Shahid Masud, Dean of Science & Engineering will represent her.
Dr. Madiha Afzal is a scholar in the fields of development, politics, and security. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, and Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. Dr. Madiha is the author of the book Pakistan Under Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State, which was widely reviewed in Foreign Affairs, The New York Review of Books, and Dawn. She has also published Public Choice and is the author of a special report on Education and Attitudes in Pakistan, as well as several book chapters and policy reports. She regularly contributes to national and international publications, including Dawn, The Cairo Review, Foreign Policy, the Washington Post and Newsweek among others and is frequently interviewed in BBC, CNN, NPR, and VOA. Dr. Afzal is also a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Research and the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives in Pakistan. In addition, she consults with the World Bank, USAID, DFID, and IFPRI. For her writing on education in Pakistan, she was named on Lo Spazio della Politica's list of Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013.
At this point, I would like to invite Dr. Parvez Hasan, member of the Management Committee to kindly join me in presenting a plaque to the final 5 alumni achievers of the 2018 cohort. Please welcome Musa Aamir, BSc 2017.
During his sophomore year, Musa Aamir conceived and later in 2015 co-founded and established Rizq at LUMS – which is a social enterprise to reduce food wastage and hunger in Pakistan. Rizq is now a movement with student chapters in different cities of Pakistan and countries around the world. Creating food banks in underprivileged communities, Rizq provides food to those who are less fortunate and are developing infrastructures in collaboration with the government and other key stakeholders to fight food insecurity.
Rizq has served over 1.5 million meals, saving 100,000 kg of food and channelled $350,000 in food philanthropy. It has been recognised among 50 social enterprises of Pakistan, the top 3 social enterprises of 2017-ENGRO ITAC and Top 20 social enterprises of South Asia-SPRING Accelerators. Musa has also worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Cambridge and is currently Research and Strategy Assistant at Pakistan Development Exchange. He is an Associate Fellow working with the Royal Commonwealth Society through its educational, civil society, business and governmental networks to address issues that matter to Commonwealth citizens.
To represent Saleem Ahmad, MBA 1996, who is currently in the US, please welcome his mother Begum Shagufta Naseem to the stage.
Saleem Ahmad earned his postgraduate degrees from Wharton/UPENN and LSE, where he was a Britannia Chevening Scholar and member of the Court of Governors. Saleem is a globally recognised finance professional engaged with private equity, venture capital and an investment-banking career spanning over two decades. He is currently a Managing Director of Highbridge Capital at JPMorgan, overseeing a multi-billion global investment portfolio. His leadership experience spans Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and Citigroup in New York, London and Hong Kong.
Saleem has structured Shariah-compliant financing for Pakistan's critical infrastructure projects, advised on restructuring Pakistan’s sovereign debt and pioneered a microfinance programme to which he credits LUMS and Grameen Bank. He has co-founded 47 Ventures, a venture capital fund that catalyses start-ups in Pakistan and is an investor and Director of Afiniti Europe, an AI and big data company. Salim has also served on the Council on Foreign Relations, influential think tanks, and has promoted scholarship and research about Pakistan at leading universities. He is actively involved with literacy, healthcare and female empowerment programmes in Pakistan. He is current President of New York/New Jersey Alumni Chapter and has actively fundraised for LUMS.
Our 8th recipient is Shahzad Bashir, MBA 1998.
Shahzad Bashir attributes his career success to the rigours of academic experience at LUMS. For the past 2 decades, he has worked in banking and finance in Pakistan and UAE first serving HBL and subsequently Barclays Bank where he was the Director and Head for the Gulf region. Currently Shahzad is with the Commercial Bank of Dubai leading their Credit and Risk Group.
For the past 10 years, Shahzad is our ambassador and Chapter President for the LUMS alumni in the UAE, organising reunions and get-togethers, fundraising, mentoring and supporting fellow alumni with job placements and career counselling.
His involvement with the University’s international initiatives has been exemplary and have facilitated LUMS’ events including admission fairs and connecting LUMS with corporates and international organisations. Shahzad consistently strives to support the University to grow and nurture ties with the LUMS alumni base, particularly as a mentor for future LUMS ambassadors, creating a pipeline of volunteers passionate about serving LUMS and our country Pakistan.
Our 9th recipient is Suneel Sarfraz Munj, MBA 2005.
He is the Co-Founder of PakWheels.com, Pakistan’s number one automobile website which serves millions of Pakistanis to buy, sell and maintain automobiles through industry-first initiatives including inspection, certification and warranty. The platform also provides users with the latest news, reviews, specs, prices and holistic solutions to all automobile needs. PakWheels.com has also become one of the fastest growing YouTube channels in the country, where thousands watch detailed video reviews of automobiles.
Suneel is involved with multiple areas of the organisation, including business development, sales, event management and automobile reviews he is also Director, Pakistan General Merchandising Company, an import house that deals in import, clearing and forwarding services of consumer goods including electronics, garments, gift items and other retail products.
Sunil is an active member of the LUMS alumni community, presently serving as an Executive Member of the LUMS SDSB Alumni Board of Directors and has fond memories of his time at LUMS and consistently spends time on campus.
Finally, last but not least, please welcome our final recipient, Dr. Tania Saeed, BSc 2005.
Dr. Saeed’s work on education and securitisation has her emerging as an outstanding scholar teaching at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at LUMS since 2016. She earned a PhD from the University of Oxford, where she was a Wingate Scholar and an Overseas HEC Scholar. Dr. Saeed has authored A-rated publications and a book, ‘Islamophobia and Securitization: Religion, Ethnicity and the Female Voice’.
Dr. Saeed consistently represents LUMS and Pakistan at International forums such as the Georg Eckert Institute and the University of Passau in Germany; the Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge and at the Carter Centre in the US. She has been invited for book talks and has recently launched her book at the Comparative and International Education Studies at a conference in Mexico.
Dr. Saeed is also actively involved with the LUMS community serving on several committees and very much engaged to work with her cohort in the coming years.
- The Presidents’ Forum of Hubei-South Asian UniversitiesDecember 15,2018
Dr. Arshad addresses the audience during the Presidents’ Forum of Hubei-South Asian Universities in Wuhan, China.The Presidents’ Forum of Hubei-South Asian Universities
On behalf of the Lahore University of Management Sciences, I would like to express our appreciation and thanks to our generous hosts from the Hubei Provincial Department of Education, Huazong University of Science and Technology (or HUST) and Hubei University. I am delighted to attend the Presidents’ Forum of Hubei-South Asian Universities in Wuhan and look forward to mutual cooperation with colleagues from Chinese and South Asian universities in the years ahead.
I am representing the Lahore University of Management Sciences that began as a graduate school in 1985 and has since grown to become Pakistan’s premier comprehensive university with over 4,000 students, 250 faculty members and 5 schools situated in a world-class campus. Having joined LUMS recently, I must say the residential campus at LUMS is like a botanical garden that you must see for yourselves. It is a green, vibrant residential campus with most students represented in the Schools of Business, Science and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law and Education.
I have spent a long time in Canada, held senior positions in research-intensive universities and have returned because it is not only time to give back to the country that raised me, but because it is time for young universities like ours to show what we have to offer to the future generations of students and show that a quality of education can be found right here, in Asia with an emphasis on multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary programmes that others in the west will emulate.
LUMS is an example of a young university that has within 30-years become a household name in Pakistan. That simply does not happen in northern universities, some of which are much older. Within this short period, LUMS is now in the top 100 universities in Asia based on the most recent 2018 QS Asia University Rankings. In fact, during each of the past 4 years, LUMS has improved its rank to a cumulative increase of 86 places deriving its strength from an employer and academic reputation. These are significant achievements.
Today, we look forward to international partnerships here at this forum so as to have a stronger footprint by being a prominent partner and leader in international networks in the continental and global stage. In a broader context, I am sure I can say on behalf of all South Asian universities here, that we are proud of China who has been a steadfast friend and ally of Pakistan since the 1960s. As you know, more recently the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) represents the Pakistani section of the Belt and Road Initiative. This important initiative must succeed for future generations not only to benefit Asia but to benefit the world which is increasingly looking to China for economic, political and cultural cooperation.
So, while CPEC has initiated mega projects focusing on energy and infrastructure connecting Western China to the Indian Ocean, its success and sustainability critically depend on the development of human resources. And given the population, Asian countries are the largest in the world, with Pakistan’s exceeding over 210 million, this is an important demographic we cannot ignore.
That demographic are the young people, with 120 million Pakistanis under the age of 29. It is our responsibility to these future generations of young people that CPEC projects spill into collaborations that focus on higher education. This is because of a simple historical fact. And that fact is that the best proven investment in any economy for the highest impact in terms of human development is higher education. And investment in education bears fruit both in the short and long-term future of our youth.
I would now like to mention some of the more recent educational collaborations between LUMS and Chinese universities in management, science, engineering and law and conclude by sharing another perspective that I believe will hopefully provide a bigger picture of how our collaborations can be scaled to speak more directly to students as primary partners in the business of education.
First of all, most collaborations that have begun in the higher education landscape are research-driven initiatives that can be considered micro or macro in scope as they intersect with various functional areas within disciplinary boundaries.
These include ones we are all familiar with such as economics, science, engineering, business, humanities, health, law, etc. Enriching research networks at all of these levels is the first order of higher education and is critical as we contribute to existing pools of knowledge, integrate these from both theoretical and applied perspectives and disseminate these through academic forums.
For example, more recently, such educational collaborations began with the University Alliance of the Silk Road, or USAR founded at Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2015 initiated to foster international cooperation in higher education, training and research in the areas of business law, engineering, information law, etc. LUMS, like other universities here from Pakistan, is engaged in a number of initiatives including the MOU we signed with the HUST in 2016 to promote mutually beneficial academic activities and programmes in education and research with the potential of attracting suitable sources of funding and establishing Sino-Pakistan research centres at HUST and LUMS.
The following year, in 2017, 8 top business schools in China and 9 in Pakistan launched the China Pakistan Education Consortium or CPEC supported by Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission (HEC) to focus on management systems in China and Pakistan including LUMS.
LUMS Business School was also signatory to the China Pakistan Management Initiative or CPMI to emphasise high-quality research, concept notes, technical and policy papers, case studies and executive training and more. Recent examples of such work were on display at the International Symposium at the Management Research and Case Conference held in Bhurban, near Islamabad.
Another MOU was signed with Wuhan University and the LUMS School of Law in 2018 to promote a Centre of Chinese Legal Studies (CCLS) to promote mutual collaboration through academic, cultural and personal exchanges. More specifically, CCLS is promoting exchanges to teach Chinese law courses, conduct training seminars and attend conferences and symposia on the Chinese legal system. By building academic capacity to study and teach courses in Chinese law through CCLS, both countries stand to gain as our ties are strengthened through CPEC and the Belt and Road Initiative.
We can think about future areas of cooperation in the area of supply chain management, where Pakistan’s economic and political systems pose unique challenges in considering optimal solutions for logistical issues or graduate and executive programmes to increase managerial capacity in c-suite decision making. Similarly, an area of Human Resources Management Shanghai University’s SILC Business School’s international and cross-cultural expertise and LUMS cultural, gender and religious considerations would provide valuable lessons for both sides. Based on recent surveys of Chinese executives, it has been suggested that their Pakistani counterparts can learn a lot more about Chinese culture, knowledge of Mandarin, familiarity and tax laws. There are similar opportunities for academic collaboration in the areas of Finance, Public Policy and Marketing and a focus on certain sectors in the industry including textiles, agriculture, telecommunications, tourism, etc. with linkages to Tsinghua University, Peking University and Taiwan National Normal University among others.
On the other side of the research coin is teaching and learning. Here the collaborations must consider a broader institutional vision to enable students to learn in more sophisticated ways using evidenced-based teaching and approaches like Problem Based Learning, a pedagogy that my previous institution invented, or Case-Based and Team-Based learning that LUMS excels in. But that is not enough. We must take professional development of our faculty seriously and enable them to engage in evidence-based approaches to learning that engage students to be active partners in their learning or enable students to think critically about the questions that matter.
In northern countries, Institutional teaching and learning capacities and professional development opportunities have traditionally been strengthened from University Centres of Teaching and Learning that continuously improve pedagogy, use peer review of teaching, encourage hybrid, flipped and platform-based learning. I was fortunate to lead the largest such Centre at McMaster University. Last July, McMaster was recognised by Times Higher Education as the winner of the Global Teaching Excellence Award.
My take away from that experience is that it is time that we in South Asia build our own version of robust Teaching and Learning Centres in our universities here in China, in Pakistan, in Bangladesh, in India and in other South and South East Asian countries on a scale that will create national and international networks of teaching excellence that will inculcate the scholarship of teaching, research on teaching, innovation in teaching, and most of all a measurable improvement in the quality of instruction. These efforts will also feed into improved institutional rankings and more importantly into a better understanding of how our students learn. I believe all of us must invest in the quality of student learning which in turn will give our most important stakeholders – students a more fulfilling and enriching university experience.
- Mr. Kimihide Ando at Leaders at LUMSNovember 12,2018
Dr. Ahmad introduces the distinguished guest speaker, Mr. Kimihide Ando, at a Leaders at LUMS event.Mr. Kimihide Ando at Leaders at LUMS
Before I introduce our distinguished speaker, I believe everyone knows about the company he is a leader of. For most people Mitsubishi Corporation is known for its history of leadership in heavy machinery and automobiles. Over the years, it has also shown innovation in renewable energy projects and leadership in corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Its forest conservation projects span the globe, and under its public welfare initiatives, it supports mental health and disability, to improve accessibility for all. We at LUMS know first-hand about its educational support efforts including a generous endowment that has supported scholarships, lab equipment, exchange programmes and more.
The face of this type of leadership is personified in Mr. Kimihide Ando, our guest speaker who is the Senior Vice President and Chief Executive for Pakistan, Mitsubishi Corporation. He obtained a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Tokyo, Mr. Ando has been with Mitsubishi since 1982. He has held some key posts in different countries including Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The most impressive for us is Mr. Ando’s long association with Pakistan that has spread over two decades. He is serving as Director of Tri-Pack Films Limited, the Director of Punjab Board of Investment and Trade, the Vice-chairman of Pakistan Japan Business Forum and a Member of the Governing Body for Liaquat National Hospital, Karachi. Mr. Ando was also elected as President of the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 2013.
Mr. Ando has been recognised by the National Assembly of Pakistan for his valuable assistance in strengthening the democratic institutions of Pakistan. For his outstanding services rendered to Pakistan, the Government of Pakistan conferred on him “Sitara-e-Pakistan” which is the highest civil award conferred on foreign national private citizens. In addition to his favourite hobbies which are golf and tennis, Mr Ando loves to travel and is passionate about learning and understanding cultures. This explains his facility to speak Arabic, Bahasa, English and of course Japanese.
Ladies and gentlemen, please help me welcome Mr. Kimihide Ando.
- The Urban Youth Project Award CeremonyNovember 12,2018
Dr. Arshad Ahmad shares a few words at the award and cheque distribution ceremony to mark the pilot of the Urban Youth Project.The Urban Youth Project Award Ceremony
It is my pleasure to welcome our Guest of Honour and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Syed Zulfiqar Bokhari, the Head of Marketing and Public Affairs of Citibank Pakistan, Mr. Adeel Shahid and acknowledge the generosity and work of the Programme Managers of British Asian Trust for this Urban Youth Project.
At various universities around the world, the significance of entrepreneurship to be a vital offering for its students and the communities that it serves has not gone unnoticed. Some of the most revered and reputable universities have realised that to connect the aspirations of young people, who are mostly represented in the audience, must be realised by creating entrepreneurship schools, programmes, and centres. We have learned however that this gap rarely works if it is implemented top down and must instead find its way into the hearts and minds of faculty, staff and students from the ground up.
At LUMS, this bottom up approach is what we are celebrating tonight, an idea that was planted a long time ago by leaders of the likes of Khurram Zafar, Faisal Sherjan, the previous VC Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi and many other champions that make events like tonight possible.
Everyone in this room knows that entrepreneurship, unlike a discipline or topic has broader attributes that bring out the best in us. Entrepreneurship is a way of being and doing where if I can quote Warren Buffett, is not about, quote: “success, which is getting what you want but happiness which is wanting what you get.” Unquote.
To want what you get means taking stock of where you are, where you want to be and how you’re going to get there. It is all about selling a vision, which is much bigger than setting any number of goals and most importantly, getting others inspired to achieve your vision. All of you are wired to do what you want do every single day of the week but the key is doing it with partners that can lift your vision to a level that is embraced by many.
It is in this spirit of partnership, that collaborations with other institutions sustain the Urban Youth Programme. The value of our partnerships with Citi Foundation, with the British Asian Trust and with the incredible work of LUMS/NIC Lahore serves as a model of building step-by-step, from the bottom up. It is in the same spirit that we are looking at Karachi; not only to increase the entrepreneurship footprint there, but also to work with potential partners who would like us to offer multidisciplinary programmes to build managerial and leadership capacity for young people in one of the world’s biggest city that is Karachi.
Others before us were not deterred by the fear of failure, or the possibility of looking foolish or embarrassed in the face of risks that are part of embracing a new direction and a new vision. Someone differentiated risk into three parts as follows. The first, “known knowns” is the part we rely on to move forward. The second part “known unknowns” are the basis of probabilistic estimates or chances of what might happen. And the third part is the “unknown unknowns” which are scenarios which we simply have not seen or cannot imagine today.
Ladies and gentlemen, LUMS is the story of “unknown unknowns” when a handful of people were audacious enough to change management education in Pakistan. They had a vision, they showed us how this could be done and the LUMS model has inspired others.
Today, we can embrace that entrepreneurial spirit once again and embrace the “unknown unknowns” as our predecessors did and look ahead with a vision to be, to do, and to bring others along with us to give back to Pakistan what Pakistan has so generously given to all of us. Tonight is a significant milestone to remind ourselves that we in this room personify that entrepreneurial path and we are here to celebrate your achievements.
- MGSHSS Dean’s Honour List CeremonyNovember 1,2018
Dr. Ahmad applauds the efforts of students at the Mushtaq Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences for their achievements at the Dean’s Honour List Ceremony.MGSHSS Dean’s Honour List Ceremony
I’d like to mark this important occasion by first acknowledging the parents, guardians and family members here. Thank you for everything you do to support your loved ones. You don’t get enough credit for your commitment to their success and their development, and you certainly deserve the acknowledgement from all of us today. We share your pride in the accomplishments of our students who are on the Dean’s Honour List. In the next few minutes, I’d like to share with you just one story that provides a glimpse into what these young women and men have accomplished to arrive at this milestone achievement.
The story is about Aizaz Younas from the Department of Economics who derives his inspiration from his father who asked him to make LUMS his priority. Aizaz was diagnosed with clinical depression and lacked confidence and self-worth when he joined LUMS. As a result, both his academic performance and health suffered. But his story, like many others here, was to fight back. He took on multiple student jobs and internships and dramatically improved his grades so that he was on the Dean’s Honour List in his 2nd year. He went on to become the president of the LUMS Arts Society. In his last semester, Aizaz achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA which has been a life-transforming journey for him.
Aizaz’s story reminds me of my own father who used to say that nothing in life should be done in excess except for one thing – learning. He was right of course, and here we are who serve LUMS as faculty and administration at LUMS, who are still in school, celebrating exemplary hard-working high-achievers. We celebrate many more compelling stories gathered today, which I hope you will have the chance to hear first-hand from our students. On behalf of the teachers here at LUMS who take immense pride in your accomplishments, small and large, knowing you are charting a course to make even greater contributions as you continue to make a difference in your futures and those you are destined to lead. Congratulations.
- SDSB Dean’s Honour List CeremonyNovember 1,2018
Dr. Arshad Ahmad praises students for their commendable efforts in a ceremony held to acknowledge those who placed on the Dean's Honour List at the Suleman Dawood School of Business.SDSB Dean’s Honour List Ceremony
I’d like to first congratulate the parents, guardians and family members here, and thank you for everything you do to support your loved ones. You don’t get enough credit for your commitment to their success and their development, and you certainly deserve the acknowledgement from all of us today. We share your pride in the accomplishments of our students who are on the Dean’s Honour List and we have gathered to give them the recognition they deserve.
That recognition culminates through academic performance. But to make exemplary student achievements visible, we need to hear another story behind these achievements. These are stories about personal transformation, about courage, determination and generosity. They are the stories that speak to the LUMS spirit, or ethos. That is ultimately what we are trying to honour this evening.
Please allow me then to give you a quick taste of these stories, which on their own merit are milestone achievements worth celebrating.
Maryam Shah achieved the 3rd position at SDSB. But she did so not only by excelling in business courses, but by getting out of her comfort zone to get outstanding results in literature, psychology and computer science that gave her a broader understanding of her major. Maryam draws her inspiration to appreciate multidisciplinary views thanks to her professor who encouraged her as a Teaching Assistant to see how scientists, humanists and psychologist think. The lesson for all of us is to take as many courses from other schools as possible that will certainly improve our abilities to tackle real issues that require lateral and multidisciplinary ways of thinking.
Shariq Akhund is the first in his family to attend college outside his home-town in Karachi, and despite the fact that neither of his parents ever went to college, his journey to LUMS was a dream that he shared with them since he was a little child. In addition to his exemplary cumulative GPA, Shariq has worked with the LUMS Community Service Society and LUMS Emergency Medical Services, which he says, have taught him what a classroom couldn’t – empathy and selflessness. Shariq was recently awarded the prestigious fully funded Ernst Mach Grant by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, which will take him to study in Austria next term.
I could go on with many more compelling stories but instead, invite you to discover yourselves to hear such stories from our students here this evening, first hand. Now, behind the hard work of our students, are exemplary teachers who encourage, support and push the boundaries of intellectual and personal development and most importantly, take immense pride in their accomplishments, small and large.
In summary, all of us here at LUMS are confident that the students here with us tonight have already charted a course to make a difference not only in their own academic development but also as role models of courage, determination and generosity. This is what differentiates our students as leaders, lifting their peers looking to follow them in their footsteps.
Congratulations to all of you!