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.
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