Islamabad: Appreciating the initiatives taken by the National Business Education Accreditation Council (NBEAC) for improvement of the quality of business education in Pakistan, Dr. Javaid R. Laghari, Chairperson HEC has emphasized the need to further enhance the efforts and advised business schools to immediately seek accreditation through NBEAC.
He stated this while talking to Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad, Chairman NBEAC. Dr. Sohail Naqvi, Executive Director HEC was also present in the meeting held in HEC headquarters for the review of the progress and activities of NBEAC.
Dr. Laghari identified the need to synchronize the roadmaps of various degree programmes from undergraduate to doctoral level for smooth transition of the students. He also highlighted the need for faculty development for increasing the quality of classroom instruction and industrial linkages.
It was agreed that the MBA degree should be considered in principle as a two-year degree and minimum requirement for admission should be 16-year qualification. Those entering into the MBA programme with prior education in business administration would be provided with waiver of upto 15 credit hours while those joining from non business undergraduate degrees would undergo two-year studies including summer sessions if necessary. Similarly, students with 14-year degrees should be offered admission into other degree programmes to facilitate them converting into 16-year bachelor degree.
Dr. Sohail Naqvi emphasized revamping of curriculum and its alignment with cutting-edge developments at global level and to meet the demands of corporate sector in Pakistan. It was agreed that communication and leadership skills along with managerial expertise should be made part of curriculum for enhancing personal effectiveness and development of managerial expertise.
The Chairman NBEAC apprised the HEC leadership about steps taken to develop a formidable team of evaluators at national level to take care of the workload of peer evaluation. He also informed that a premium training programme of top tier trainers will be held in October in collaboration with the European Foundation for Management Development at Brussels.
The Chairperson HEC approved the idea of setting up National Resource Centre for Case Studies to promote practical training and provide analytical training on issues related to the world of business and industry. All cases would pass through a blind review process and upon acceptance the writers would receive acknowledgement equivalent of a paper in HEC approved journal. It was decided that workshops for case writing skills would be held in all provinces.
Dr. Laghari also approved the proposal to hold the First International Conference on Management Education in March 2012 in Lahore. It was decided that leading international accrediting agencies such as The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and European Foundation for Management Development would be invited to share their expertise regarding quality of management education. This forum would generate research interests in advanced theoretical as well as practical issues and challenges facing management education in Pakistan.
Mr. Ahtesham Ali Raja, Programme Manager (NBEAC), Ms. Sania Tufail Programme Coordinator and Ms. Munazza Zaidi, Research Officer were also present on the occasion.
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