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LUMS VC Attends Muslim World Vice Chancellors' Forum
The Vice Chancellor (VC) of the Lahore Univeristy of Management Sciences (LUMS), Dr. Adil Najam, represented LUMS at the Vice Chancellors' Forum on Higher Education in the Islamic World, held in Islamabad on June 11-12, 2012.
The Vice Chancellor’s Forum attracted over 200 Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Univeristy Presidents from 35 Muslim countries of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The Forum was organised by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (IESCO), the Pakistan Ministry of Science and Technology, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUMI) and the hosts, the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology.
The Forum was organised around four key themes, including: (a) Science, Technology and Innovation; (b) Knowledge Management, (c) Quality Assurance, and (d) University Governance. Speakers from around the Muslim world highlighted the challenges and opportunities in each of these areas. In addition, working groups of Vice Chancellors were constituted in each of these four areas and Dr. Najam from LUMS, was asked to lead the working group on University Governance in higher education institutions in the Islamic world.
The Vice Chancellors' forum was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani and it will be concluded with a dinner at the Presidency with the Pakistan President Asif Zardari. During the forum there were multiple opportunities for participating Universities to share their own experiences and also learn from others. The experience of LUMS was also shared with others, including the innovations that have marked the development of all three Schools at LUMS: the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) with its emphasis on the case study method, the School of Humanities, Social Science and Law (SHSSL) including the introduction of the four-year Bachelors programmes, and the LUMS School of Science and Engineering (SSE).