SZABIST

S.M.ABBAS ZAIDI,
(feedback@pgeconomist.com)
Research Analyst
, PAGE
Oct 25 - 31, 2010

Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (Szabist) is a fully chartered institute established through a legislative Act (Sindh Act No. XI of 1995) and is approved and recognised by the higher education commission (HEC) as a degree granting institution. Szabist has campuses in Karachi, Islamabad, Larkana, and Dubai (UAE).

PROGRAMS

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
BBA PhD
MBA, EMBA MS
Social Science & Economics Media Sciences
BS,MS & PHD BS, MS (media sciences)
COMPUTER SCIENCES
BS MS
PHD Law
B.E in Mechatronics LLB

Szabist today is identified as a major university comprising of four campuses (including one foreign campus), three diploma centers, three intermediate colleges, and one research center. Szabist to date has awarded 3,000 degrees.

INT'L LINKS AND RECOGNITION

Szabist is a registered member of the International Association of Universities (IAU), Paris; Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), London; Federation of the Universities of Islamic World (FUIW) Rabat; Asia University Federation (AUF), Seoul; and the Association of Saarc Universities (ASU).

Business Week, the leading international business magazine, has listed Szabist among the best business schools of the world for five consecutive years (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006). Szabist is one of the top 20 business schools from Asia recognised by Business Week. Only two business schools from Pakistan are listed in Business Week.

Asia Inc, a leading Asian Magazine, has ranked Szabist among the top MBA schools of South Asia in its Asia's Best MBA Schools Survey for two consecutive years (2003, 2004). Szabist is also one of the top 15 business schools from South Asia ranked in Asia Inc. Szabist is ranked among the best science and technology and MBA schools in Asia by the CNN-Time publication Asia week. Szabist is also listed in the CNN Executive Education Schools.

AGREEMENTS WITH FOREIGN UNIVERSITIES

Szabist has signed articulation agreements with the University of Wales, UK and the University of Northampton, UK. It has also signed MoUs with the State University of New York, USA; University of London, UK; Philippines Women University, Philippines; and the Asian Academy of Film & Television, India.

LAB FACILITIES

The research laboratory within the File Server Control Room is equipped with high-end Pentium-IV 512MB RAM workstations, video cameras and video capture cards, color scanner, infrared bar code reader, speech recognition system and a variety of software tools. This laboratory is capable of producing high quality graphics.

LIBRARY FACILITIES

The Szabist library contains a rich collection of books on most information technology and management sciences topics. The library is equipped with a multimedia/internet station to help students explore information available on CDs and the internet. The library subscribes to a number of magazines & journals to update students' knowledge on the current developments taking place nationally and internationally. The library subscribes to the IEEE/ACM digital online library through which Szabist students can access online computer journals and magazines. The library is also linked to 12,500 full text online academic journals through the HEC digital library access.

ROLE OF PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES

Development of private higher education came in the wake of failure of the state to discharge its duties in health, education, economy, energy, communication, and other sectors. It is now realised that the state is unresponsive to public needs. In higher education, the failure of the public sector in providing facilities and its inability to fund the growing demand has opened a big market for the private sector.

From 1990's, the government is pursuing liberal policies towards private higher education. The Aga Khan University was the first private sector university to be established in 1983, followed by the LUMS in 1985. Since then, these private sector universities are netting the international market, thereby encouraging both accredited and unaccredited foreign universities. The universities are seeking inroads into the Pakistani market through their franchising operations. Having found out a big education market, many foreign universities are holding educational fairs regularly in Pakistan. This phenomenon has led to the creation of a number of universities, which either claim to be self-degree awarding, or tend to be the sub-campuses of foreign universities or agents of both accredited and unaccredited foreign universities.

CONCLUSION

Szabist has the unparalleled honor of being the only Pakistani institute to have been recognised internationally. Szabist graduates are well placed and are currently employed in a number of leading multinational corporations including IBM, CresSoft, UniSys, Revlon, and Artal, and in the Middle East, Far East and the USA as well as in the top local companies in Pakistan.