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NBEAC 4th Deans and Directors Conference Proceedings- 2017

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National Business Education Accreditation Council (NBEAC) was founded by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in 2007 with the purpose to assure quality in business education degree programs. NBEAC has successfully completed its 10 years as a national accrediting body.

Business Education and Its Context: Points of Convergence and Divergence was the theme of 4th Deans & Directors Conference held at Serena Hotel, Islamabad on the 7-8 of February 2017.

The NBEAC Deans and Directors Conferences are held annually to evaluate business education in Pakistan, identify unique themes and specializations as well as scope for business education in Pakistan nationally and internationally. The aim is to discuss balance between indigenous and international curriculum content for effective business education while sharing experiences of education leaders from Pakistan and other countries.


Welcome dinner for the 4th Deans and Directors Conference was hosted and arranged by COMSATS Islamabad at Serena Hotel on the 6th of February 2017. The highlight of the evening was a very thought provoking talk by international speaker Ms. Kate Sweetman, Founding Principal & Chief Client Officer, Sweetman Cragun who spoke about the importance of entrepreneurs and businesses. Kate who happens to be an Emerging Guru by the London Times Worked in 25 different countries over the past 20 years Visiting coach and lecturer at MIT’s Legatum Center for Entrepreneurship Authored first-ever study of Asian Leadership (18 countries) called the Asian Leadership Index (ALI)  Kate was listed as a Thinkers 50 for her body of work throughout her career. She co-authored the bestselling business book The Leadership Code.

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Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform was the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the two-day conference. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal said that business education has witnessed a remarkable transformation as it is linked to almost every sphere of life. “Education improves social, mental and intellectual skills of a person making him productive for society”.  He stressed the need for aligning investment in education with production and development for Pakistan’s prosperity in a real sense.


The conference was graced by dignitaries such as Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman Higher Education Commission, Pakistan (HEC), Senator Mushahid Hussain, Mr. Asad Umar and Dr. Hasan Shoaib Murad (Chairman, NBEAC). Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed urged the conference participants to come up with solutions to the challenges facing business education in the country. Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad congratulated NBEAC on their 10th Anniversary. Dr. Hasan mentioned “We have a total of 129 business schools out of which 70 are public sector and 59 are private sector. Pakistani business schools are benefiting from the accreditation process of NBEAC and we strongly believe that there will be an improvement in the quality of Business Schools.”


The conference was chaired by Dr. Sadia Nadeem (Associate Professor, FAST, Islamabad) and co-chaired by Dr. Muhammad Mohsin Khan, NBEAC Member and Director Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar. A large number of Deans, Directors, HoDs, Senior faculty members and other stakeholders linked with higher education business units, as well as Industry Experts & Entrepreneurs attended conference. Out of 180 business schools, representatives of 167 schools attended the conference.

The conference officially began with the inaugural session following the first session“CPEC: How Should Business Schools Plan, Collaborate and Contribute”, Senator Mushahid Hussain warmly welcomed all the distinguished participants from the academia and industry as well as all the speakers and welcomed them to Islamabad. “HEC has taken a very good initiative, it’s a timely initiative to link the China Pakistan Corridor, which is the biggest opportunity for Pakistan in the last 70 years to build our country, our country’s infrastructure, our country’s energy, our underdeveloped areas especially in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, FATA, Azad Kashmir and take Pakistan on the road of development”.  Senator Mushahid Hussain talking about the benefits of CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) said CPEC would not only benefit Pakistan but the whole region. Quoting the father of the nation Muhammad Ali Jinnah who gave an interview in October 1947 which was published as a cover story in January 1948 , when questioned about the future of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah described Pakistan as the pivot of the world, around which the world politics would revolve. Senator Mushahid Hussain with regard to the vision Jinnah said “Pakistan is now playing a pivotal role in regional connectivity since CPEC will be connecting South Asia with Central Asia in the context of the emerging "Greater South Asia", a Geo economic entity that now includes China, Iran, Afghanistan and the Central Asian Republics, apart from the South Asian subcontinent.  CPEC has been a timely morale-booster and a vote of confidence in the future of Pakistan, which now has a different image as an investor friendly destination”.


Other prominent speakers included Dr. Nadeem Javed ( Chief Economist, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform) the session was moderated by Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal ( Director, School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad) & Dr. Khalid Riaz ( Dean, COMSATS, Islamabad).

workshop 1 final

The second session for the 1st Day of the 4th Deans & Directors Conference was “Design & Accreditation of Joint Degree Programs: Engineering Management, Health Management & Agri Business”. The session was moderated by Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad (Chairman, NBEAC) and Dr. Fareeda Saleem (Assistant Professor, Fatima Jinnah Woman University, Rawalpindi).

 Three workshops and one industry session took place simultaneously with the conference. Workshop I “ How To Become The Candidate of The Accreditation Process ( For Non-registered Business Schools” was conducted by Dr. Shahid Mir ( Director , QEC, IBA Karachi) and Dr. Abdul Raziq ( Associate Professor, Balochistan University of IT, Engineering & Management Sciences (BUITEMS), Quetta.

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Workshop II “Understanding the Accreditation Process ( For Registered Business Schools; accredited plus non-accredited) was conducted by Dr. Zaki Rashidi ( Head of Management Sciences Department, SZABIST Karachi) and Dr. Kumail Abbas Rizvi ( Associate Professor, Lahore School of Economics).

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Workshop III “Refining your Peer Review Skills” was conducted by Dr. Shaukat Brah (Founder Rector, Karachi School of Business & Leadership, KSBL) and Dr. Zahoor Hassan Syed (Professor, Lahore University of Management Sciences, LUMS).

A parallel industry session on “The Role of Industry in Effective Business Education” was chaired by Dr. Sadia Nadeem (Associate Professor, FAST School of Management, Islamabad) which was further divided into three breakout sessions; Breakout Session I “Hospitality and Tourism Industry”, Breakout Session II “ ICT Organizations”, Breakout Session III “ Financial Services” .

Eminent speakers from the industry linkages committee included Mr. Khusro Pervez, (Head of Campus, SZABIST Islamabad), Prof. Dr. Muhammad Kamran Naqi Khan (Dean, Hamdard University, Islamabad), Mr. Shahid M. Haq, Dr. Muhammad Ali Saeed (HoD, Bahria University, Islamabad), Mr. Basharat Hameed, (Assistant Professor, Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar) and Mr. Arif Vaseer (Deputy Director QEC, Capital University of Science & Technology (CUST) Islamabad).

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The 1st day of the conference was concluded by the Chief Guest Mr. Asad Umar (Political Leader, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf) who said “ Academia and industry linkages is an important subject and it’s a subject on which I spent some part of my time when I was in the corporate world and I’m glad to see that since that time there has been an improvement in the quality of linkages, and those linkages are taking place at different levels for example students enrolled in business schools are working in industry projects, case studies which were so rare are now much accessible, quality of internships is improving and linkage of the faculty that was nonexistent previously is significantly under explore. Business in Pakistan can benefit from academia and faculty knowledge far more than anything. We need to understand how much we can gain from collaborating with quality faculty. We have got Mc Kinsey consulting and many more consulting firms which are benefiting Pakistan by in large and a serious amount of investment is being made on this area”.


Al Hamd University hosted the dinner for the 1st Day of the 4th Deans and Directors Conference at the Higher Education Commission , H-9. They gave a very warm welcomes to all the international as well as national speakers and participants. They congratulated NBEAC on conducting a successful conference. They provided insight to the guests about the province of Balochistan and their efforts to improve education in the area. Dr. Hasan Murad ( Chairman, NBEAC) gave a vote of thanks to the organizers of AL Hamd University and shared some poetry of Allama Iqbal. 

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Final day and Day 2 of the Deans and Directors Conference began with the session “Curriculum Indigenization; Discussion and Stories of Indigenization. This session was moderated by Dr. Sadaf Kashif (HoD, Iqra University, Islamabad) and Prof. Amanullah Khan (Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, Riphah International University, Islamabad). Key note speakers included Dr. Shaukat Brah (Founder Rector, Karachi School of Business & Leadership, KSBL), Dr. Jawwad Syed (Dean SDSB, Lahore University of Management Sciences) and international speaker Dr. Nauman Farooqi (Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Mount Allison University, Canada).


Dr. Nauman Farooqi emphasized the need to talk about reasoning, local financing that is happening in Pakistan, banking and the financial sector of Pakistan and include them in the curriculum. Dr. Nauman added “We must look into history, enrich ourselves and learn from past practices and empires such as the , Mughal Empire, Ottoman Empire, Roman Empire, British Empire who were managing huge systems and they had proper management systems, taxation systems and various businesses.”

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Two Policy roundtables and one workshop took place simultaneously on the final day of the conference. Policy RoundTable I “Sharing the Best Practices of Students Placement” was conducted by Ms. Ayesha Zafar (HoD, Corporate Communications SDSB, LUMS).

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Policy roundtable II “Challenges of Governing Structure in Public Sector Institutions was conducted by Dr. Muhammad Mohsin Khan (Director, IM Sciences Peshawar).

Reaccreditation workshop

Workshop IV “How to Address the Key Challenges for re-accreditation?” was conducted by Dr. Kamran Ali Chatha (Associate Professor, LUMS) and Dr. Imran Wazir ( Associate Professor, IM Sciences, Peshawar).

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The final and concluding session of the conference was “NBEAC Accreditation” Local vs. Global Practices”. The session was chaired by Dr. Asfia Obaid ( Head of Department, NUST Business School), Distinguished international as well as national speakers included Dr. Zahoor Hasan Syed ( Professor, Lahore Univerisity of Management Sciences, LUMS),  International speaker Prof. Lakshman R. Watawala ( President, AMDISA) , Dr. Rasheed Kausar ( Pro Rector, University of Management and Technology , Lahore), Dr. Christophe Terrase ( Director, Projects, European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), Brussels), Dr. Muhammad Nishat ( Associate Dean, IBA Karachi/ Vice Chairman NBEAC).

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Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad (Chairman, NBEAC) concluded the two day conference and gave a vote of thanks to all the participants, speakers, panelists and organizers. He applauded the efforts of the NBEAC team in successfully conducting the 4th Deans and Directors conference and wished them best of luck for the future. He announced that the 05th Deans and Directors Conference will be held in Gwadar city next year. He also mentioned that suggestions and recommendations for the next conference are welcome on Sli.do, Hashtag #REC.

Overall the 4th Deans and Directors Conference was very successful and well organized both logistically as well in terms of its contents (discussions, panels, speakers etc.). The speakers were all highly respected professionals and the debates were extremely dynamic.  It was indeed the right mix of subjects, people and time.

Apart from HEC, the conference was sponsored by COMSATS, Islamabad, Greenwich University, Karachi, Alhamd Islamic University, Sukkur IBA, University of Lahore, Preston University, IM Sciences, Peshawar, Lahore School of Economics, NUST Islamabad, Hamdard University Islamabad, Foundation University, BBSU, BUITEMS Balochistan, AIMS, IOHBMSS IoBM Karachi, Virtual University, and Indus University, while Mustakbil.com, Emerald Group Publishing, Iqra University, Vibrant Communication (PVT) Ltd., Training Events Consultancy, and Jang Media Group partnered in the conference.



CPEC: How Should Business Schools Plan, Collaborate and Contribute (Dr. Nadeem Javaid)

Design and Accreditation of Joint Degree Programs (e.g. Engineering Management, Health Management, Agri Business etc.) (Dr. Shabbir Ahmad)

WORKSHOP-I: How to Become the Candidate of the Accreditation Process?

WORKSHOP-II: Understanding the Accreditation Process

WORKSHOP-III: Refining your peer review skills

WORKSHOP-IV: How to address the key challenges for re-accreditation?

The Role of Industry in Effective Business Education

  1. Agro-related Organization (Mr. Khusro Pervaiz)
  2. Logistic, Distribution & Delivery Services (Dr. Kamran Naqi Khan)
  3. ICT Organizations (Mr. Shahid M. Haq)
  4. Financial Services (Dr. Ali Saeed)
  5. Hospitality & Tourism Industry (Mr. Basharat Hameed)
  6. Development/ Not for Profit Organization (Mr. Arif Vaseer)

Curriculum Indigenization; Discussion and Stories of Indigenization (Dr. Shaukat Brah)

Curriculum Indigenization; Discussion and Stories of Indigenization (Dr. Nauman Farooqi)

Curriculum Indigenization; Discussion and Stories of Indigenization (Dr. Jawwad Syed)

NBEAC Accreditation: Local vs Global Practices (Prof. Amanullah Khan)

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