KARACHI: The Bahria Town Karachi and Iqra University have signed an agreement to open a university campus in 2020 in Bahria Town, Karachi. The campus is unique in Pakistan as this is the first campus where all foreign faculty members will be hired from international universities, who will be teaching and conducting research here. The custom-built world class campus will offer graduate and postgraduate degrees in various cutting-edge programmes in health sciences, information technology, media science, fashion design, and business administration. The Iqra University has been ranked as the top-most business school of the country by the HEC for the last few years. Senior management from Bahria Town and Iqra University were present at the contract signing.
Malik Riaz Hussain, Chairman Bahria Town, said: “This Bahria Town Karachi campus will become the hallmark in education sector of Pakistan and will play a significant role in achieving the excellence in education and research, global recognition, and international standards by meeting local need.”
According to the Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Wasim Qazi, the said campus will be Pakistan’s first campus to have complete foreign faculty and, “this step will be a trendsetter for all the varsities of the country.”
The campus has been designed by Nayyar Ali Dada and is already in the last stages of interior finishes. The most important features of this campus are world class infrastructure, latest technology, R&D facilities, international faculty, and collegial environment. The campus will be a full-fledged resident campus for foreign faculty and students. These purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities create the optimal study and learning environment for students. The medical college has customized, well-equipped and industry standard laboratories that are designed to integrate teaching with the practical application of medical and health sciences. The facilities are on par with the standards set by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and the Ministry of Higher Education, thus ensuring that students are exposed to the most up-to-date equipment that are on par with international medical universities. The medical school is based on key features of patient centric curriculum, clinical elective modules, and early exposure to clinic and hospital.
Built next to the world’s third largest and Pakistan’s largest Grand Jamia Masjid, built on 200 acres and accommodation of 800,000 people, the location of the campus is a feat in itself, reflecting the Islamic history where the masajid were not just for prayers but they were the centers for educational and social hub as well. Apart from this, there will also be a grand library and an Islamic museum.
The Iqra University has made its place in the global varsities ranking. The global universities ranking agency QS has issued its this year’s QS World Universities Rankings 2020 where IQRA University has been included for the first time. The Iqra University became Sindh’s first private sector varsity to made its place in the said ranking. The Iqra University has campuses across Pakistan and is having collaboration with foreign universities.
The introduction of the university is a major milestone for Bahria Town Karachi which now provides education facilities to its residents from playgroup to PHD level. There are already three school campuses operational in Bahria Town Karachi with new contracts in the pipeline later this year. Along with this, Pakistan’s first 36 hole PGA standard night lit golf course, Pakistan’s largest cricket stadium, International standard hospital, entertainment facilities like Bahria Adventure Land theme park, Danzoo, Carnival, dancing fountain, restaurants, shopping areas, etc, and the world class security makes it the ideal residence place for everyone.