The Institute of Business Administration (IBA) has announced the formation of 3 new bodies of schools and new degree programs while appointing 3 new deans for each school.
This announcement was made during a retreat event that took place at Pearl Continental Hotel from June 28-29th. The Executive Director of the institute, Dr S Akbar Zaidi was the one who led the event, along with Dr. Asad Ilyas, Registrar; Dr. Wajid H. Rizvi, Dean, SBS; Dr. Abdullah Sheikh, Dean-elect, SBS; Dr. Asma Hyder, Dean, SESS; Dr. Shakeel Khoja, Dean, SMCS; and Dr. Maheen Ghouri, Dean, Student Affairs.
He was joined by IBA stakeholders along with expert strategists and other prominent figures from academia to play a vital part in paving the way forward for the institute’s future.
IBA Karachi has gone through tremendous transformations to become a multidisciplinary teaching and research institution. Three full-fledged schools have been formed – namely the School of Business Studies (SBS), School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS), and School of Mathematics and Computer Science (SMCS) – a number of new degrees programs have been launched; policy and regulatory frameworks have been put in place; various research and professional development centres have been established to cater to the emerging needs in order to adapt to the ever-changing local and global dynamics.
The purpose of the Retreat 2022 was to remain abreast with the recent trends, and ideas while envisioning the role of the IBA in the socio-economic development of the country and lay the foundation for a concentrated journey to achieve IBA’s vision.
The key pillars for the Retreat were identified as: meaningful and impactful research, innovation culture, alignment of academic programs with global trends and market needs, the enhanced role of professional development centres, accreditations, quality faculty, academic/industrial linkages, and overall financial sustainability of the IBA.
The leadership aspect reflected upon the newly appointed full-time deans who will lead their respective schools on the academic and research fronts – enabled by a revamped Office of the Registrar which will provide administrative, technological and logistical support. Various steering and monitoring committees are in place to ensure accountability across the board.
The infrastructural and technological development side included the solar energy project, faculty apartments, new girls’ hostel, a state-of-the-art digital IBA project, and overall revitalisation of the campuses.
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