Profile of the Vice-Chancellor Ziauddin University

Prof. Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder 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, and 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, an MBA from IBA Karachi, an MS in Computer Engineering, and Ph.D. 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 also Dean of KIET, and 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/Ph.D. 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 leading institute in the transformation of the economy, society, and industry of the country and eventually create a significant impact on the international stage.

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