Habib University Foundation is establishing Habib University, a distinctive liberal arts and sciences university that will provide a well-rounded education to outstanding students from Pakistan and the region. The university intends to open its representative office soon in Dubai to attract regional students and will be participating in all the major education fairs in the UAE.
The University has a merit-based need-blind admission policy in place and will be offering 20% full and further 20% partial scholarships to students. The ambitious project will be completed at the total cost of $60m. The university will be formally beginning operations in fall 2014, from a state-of-the-art 7-acre campus in Karachi.
Envisaged as a world class center of learning, Habib University has signed formal partnership agreement with Texas A&M University at Qatar and is collaborating with Carnegie Mellon University, USA for reciprocal sharing of institutional experience.
Together, its award-winning campus design, international faculty, global partnerships, academic and student life programme will offer students a complete higher educational experience.
Habib University will be offering four undergraduate degree programmes to its first incoming class in Fall 2014: Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science; Social Development & Policy, and Communication Studies & Design, through its two Schools.
The Board of Governors, overseeing the entire academic and institutional affairs of the university, hosted their first meeting in Dubai. Bringing together national and international members who have rich leadership experience in higher education, business and industry, the members attending were: Rafiq M. Habib, Lt General Tariq Waseem Ghazi (Retd), Mr. Ali Suleman Habib, Mohamedali Rafiq Habib, Dr Arvid Nelson, Dr Gohwer Rizvi, Wasif Rizvi, Dr Ron Robin, Dr Chuck Thorpe and Dr Mark Weichold.
Rafiq M. Habib, Chairman of the Board and Chancellor of Habib University, thanked the board for committing their time and expertise to the University. He said, “It is a great privilege to have such distinguished leadership represented here today and is indicative of Habib University’s vision of being a global institution. We are well on our way to achieving our goal of building a world class university that will educate promising students irrespective of their backgrounds. We hope that in time Habib University will be the institution of choice in Pakistan.”
Wasif Rizvi, President, Habib University said, “Habib University is linked to leading higher education institutions from around the world for collaborative advancement of new knowledge and to ensure we meet the highest international standards from the very onset.”
Habib University has hired faculty from the top international academic institutions such as Harvard, Columbia, Cornell and UPENN. Habib University also plans to offer more disciplines in future and build a residential campus as well, aspiring to attract a large number of students from the region. The university’s location in a megapolitan city of Karachi is a unique opportunity for global academia to engage in research in one of the most complex, diverse, and geopolitically significant nations of the world.