Thu, May 21 2020 to Thu, May 21 2020
Join us in discussion with 4 distinguished panelists who lead universities and the Higher Education Commission the 15th session of LUMS Live.
Date: May 21, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm (PKT)
The UN Secretary General António Guterres warned the eye of the COVID-19 storm is turning to the southern hemisphere where its impact might be “even more devastating”. Yet some officials and opinion leaders think Pakistan is an exception that can escape COVID because of unproven factors like climate, our DNAs, divine intervention, and other illusions. Markets have been ordered to reopen, and COVID-19 is being likened to the common flu. Should higher education take a principled stand and counter these false narratives with what science and medical experts are telling us? When we simply don’t know whether this problem will be behind us in a few months, why are we re-opening university campuses? Whatever happened to the maxim of safe learning environments? Whatever happened to erring on the side of caution?
Furthermore, the pandemic has pummelled the education sector like all other sectors. Students are feeling the brunt of terrible instruction and unfair assessments in some universities laid bare by COVID-19. Has a challenged higher education system reached its nadir? Isn’t it time to shut down some universities that are really diploma mills? Isn’t it time to stop pretending that access to bad education is for the common good? In a system that is so starved of resources, what are the game changing opportunities from COVID-19? Are there any silver linings in rethinking how universities can provide real education for the real world?
Our distinguished panelists Dr. Tariq Banuri - Chairman, Higher Education Commission, Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali - President SZABIST, Karachi, Dr. Adil Najam - Inaugural Dean, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University and Dr. Arshad Ahmad - Vice Chancellor, LUMS, will discuss the different opportunities and challenges universities are facing due to the pandemic.
Moderated by Mr. Adeel Hashmi, the session will be broadcast live via the LUMS Facebook page.
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Profiles of Panelists
Dr. Tariq Banuri - Chairman, Higher Education Commission, Pakistan
Dr. Tariq Banuri has served as Director, Division for Sustainable Development, United Nations. He was also member of the Board of Governors of State Bank of Pakistan, member of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Council and Member/Secretary of the Presidential Steering Committee on Higher Education, and a Coordinating Lead Author of the Nobel Prize winning Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He was also member of Steering Committee on Higher Education Reforms. Lately, he was affiliated with University of Utah, US, as Professor in Economics.
Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali - President SZABIST, Karachi and Provincial Coordinator, Government of Sindh, Primary Health Care Programmes
Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2016 for her services to education. She is an educationist, a women’s right activist, development policy specialist, and has served as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on the Social Sector. Begum Shahnaz has also served as a Senior Education Specialist with the World Bank, held the position of Minister of State for Education, Government of Pakistan and is on the Board of a number of prestigious national and international organisations.
Dr. Adil Najam - Inaugural Dean, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University
Dr. Adil Najam is also a Professor of International Relations and of Earth and Environment. Earlier he served as Vice Chancellor, LUMS and Director, Boston University Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. He has taught at MIT and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. In 2008 he was invited by the United Nations Secretary-General to serve on the UN Committee on Development. He was a member of the President of Pakistan’s Special Task Force on Human Development (2001) and served on Pakistan’s Presidential Commission on Higher Education (2002). In 2010, he was awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz.
Dr. Arshad Ahmad - Vice Chancellor, LUMS
Prior to his current role as Vice Chancellor, LUMS, Dr. Arshad Ahmad served as Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning, and Director of the MacPherson Institute at McMaster University in Canada. Dr. Ahmad completed his MBA and subsequently PhD in Psychology at McGill University, won a lifetime 3M National Teaching Fellowship in 1992 and was a professor of finance at Concordia and McMaster Universities. His research interests are in student evaluations of teaching, approaches to teaching, teaching philosophies and student partnerships.