Profile of Vice-Chancellor Ziauddin University

Prof. Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder has joined the university in March 2021 with the aim of enabling Ziauddin University to provide transformational leadership in the development of industry, economy and society. Recognised for his knowledge in various disciplines ranging from Engineering, Computer Science, Management, entrepreneurship to Educational Leadership, he possesses a strong educational background attained from some of the top institutes across the globe. He has a BE in EE from NED, MBA from IBA Karachi, and MS Computer Engineering and PhD Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994. The Vice-Chancellor of Ziauddin University Prof. Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder also has a vast range of experience in various leadership positions over the last 25 years. He has been the Rector of IoBM, Dean of CBM, VP and Dean of KIET, Deputy Director at IBA Karachi. Over the last two decades years, he has been a strong proponent of learning by doing through experiential learning and PBL; i.e Problem-based Learning and Project-Based Learning. His innovative initiatives in disciplines ranging across MIS, computer science, engineering, computer arts, business, social advocacy, higher education, and school education have succeeded in making education a worthwhile experience for both students and faculty members. The effectiveness of these engagements has now been recognised by academia, industry and society. His focus has been on industry consultancy and MS/PhD research programmes and establishing their relevance to industry and societal problems. He has scores of research papers and is a recognised speaker at conferences and seminars. Prof. Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder will be instrumental in making Ziauddin University a leader in the transformation of the economy, society and industry of this city Karachi, and this province and this country and eventually create a significant impact on the international stage.

Ziauddin University is a renowned institute for higher education in Pakistan. All the programs offered by Ziauddin University are accredited and recognized by the professional bodies like the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan, the Pakistan Engineering Council and the Pakistan Nursing Council. The distinction of Ziauddin University is the educational atmosphere and the meaningful interaction amongst the faculty and the students creating a remarkable environment for learning. The problem-based learning method is also a hallmark of Ziauddin University. The wholehearted contribution of the faculty in the teaching-learning process is indeed commendable. These qualities

attract a large number of students each year who join different disciplines of the University.

I wish to welcome all those who have an interest and want to join Ziauddin University for their academic pursuits. Time would prove that this choice was the best.

Prof. Dr. Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui
Vice Chancellor,
Ziauddin University

Message from the Vice-Chancellor

Ziauddin University has made great progress over the last 25 years because of its highly qualified faculty members and inspirational academic heads. Ziauddin University is now poised to provide transformational leadership in the development of industry, economy, and society.

As a general multi-disciplinary university, Ziauddin University is offering degree programmes in disciplines ranging across Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry, Speech-Language Therapy, Physiotherapy/Rehabilitation, Pharmacy, Law, Engineering, Computer Science, Management, Liberal Arts, Education, Languages, Psychology, Media Sciences, Public Health etc. These are offered through 8 faculties and 11 colleges (as well as departments).
Our colleges are continuously reviewing and upgrading our curricula and pedagogy to meet the international standards of each discipline. This is then vetted through interactions with local and foreign industry professionals and academics. There is an aggressive process to review and improve the experiential learning and PBL experience of Problem-Based Learning and Project-Based Learning.
Students’ exposure to clinical rotations in hospitals, and to real-life problems and projects make their learning a challenging and worthwhile experience. QEC and ORIC are now moving from satisfying the Pakistani requirements to meeting the international accreditation requirements.

Ziauddin University aspires to be a prominent leader in the transformation of the economy, society, and industry of this city Karachi, especially this province and at large in Pakistan. This is being done through cutting-edge research, commercialization of research, and faculty engagement in public policy development, and consultancy projects. These engagements would lead to the creation of a significant impact on the national and international stage.

Prof. Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder
Ziauddin University