LUMS’ new VC has some big shoes to fill following the departure of  Dr Sohail Naqvi. He begins the tenure next month. 


Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) has finally found a candidate suitable enough to fill the shoes of outgoing Vice Chancellor Dr Sohail Naqvi, with LUMS’ new VC set to take the reins of the institution by the end of next month.

Dr Naqvi, who joined LUMS as its VC on July 1, 2013, is moving to Tajikistan to take charge as the founding rector of the newly-established University of Central Asia (UCA). Dr Naqvi had informed the LUMS Management Committee in November last year of his intent to end his duties as the LUMS VC by August 1, 2018. The committee had accepted Dr Naqvi’s decision.

Next Chapter

The man who will replace Dr Naqvi as the vice chancellor of LUMS will be Dr Arshad Ahmad. Dr Ahmed had been working as the teaching and learning vice-provost, and professor of finance and business economics at McMaster University, Canada. He is set to take charge of his duties at LUMS on August 27, 2018.

During his role as the vice-provost, teaching and learning at McMaster University for the past five years, “Dr Ahmad also led McMaster’s Paul MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching where he has spearheaded several initiatives that continue to enhance McMaster University’s reputation as an international leader in teaching and learning,” a statement from the university said.

Before his highly productive stint at McMaster, Dr Arshad Ahmad was a professor of finance at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, while he also instructed executive programmes, led sevral and various seminars and workshops across the globe.

The incoming LUMS VC also has a vast experience of consultancy in diverse disciplines such as advertising, appliances, banking, beverages, engineering, pharmaceuticals and technology, both in Canada and other parts of the world.

Dr Ahmad has an MBA and PhD in Educational Psychology from McGill University, Canada, and has been closely engaged with curriculum design, “online and blended learning, approaches to effective teaching strategies and students as partner programmes,” the statement added.

The statement from LUMS added that Dr Ahmad “continues to serve as Chair of the Editorial Board of the International Journal for Students as Partners and as the Chair of Teaching and Learning Canada”.

“Dr Ahmad has also led Canada’s Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as its President while also being the Vice President of the International Consortium of Educational Developers. Both these organisations aim to enhance the quality of the student learning experience,” it said.

Dr Ahmad is the recipient of lifetime 3M Teaching Fellowship and has won numerous local and international teaching awards during the course of his career.

Dr Ahmed will be the fifth vice chancellor of LUMS after Dr Syed Zahoor Hassan, Dr Ahmad Durrani, Dr Adil Najam and Dr Sohail Naqvi.


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