A university is...

February 17, 2019

Professors and students share their views on what a university means to them

A university is...


Dr. Murad Ali, University of Agriculture, Peshawar

I expect universities to be hubs of quality research, but in Pakistani universities are home to substandard publication and irresponsible administration.


Dr Syed Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi,

University of Peshawar

Pakistani universities conduct research just for the sake of research and the problems stretching from economic growth to climate change remain unaddressed. There is a culture of laziness because we lack conscientiousness, understanding and cooperation, all of which should be prime values of a university.


Dr. Sabieh Anwar,

Lahore University of Management Sciences

I believe universities are centres where we generate research-oriented solutions to issues confronted by the society. The other purpose of universities is to teach (rather enable) students to think in radical ways.


Zahid Mayo,

Institute for Art and Culture, Lahore

Universities should provide academic freedom, no dictation and give the liberty to teach, instruct, and draft curriculum in a way that promotes learning.


Sumaira Zakir,


Universities are institutions that are the primary substrate for the mental growth of a nation. They are responsible for providing fodder for a student body that will represent our nation.


Muhammed Faheem,

University of Balochistan, Quetta

Universities are centres for research that should guide a society and provide a map for growth.


Aneela Karim,

FUUAST, Karachi

Universities are supposed to be a safe track into the job market and students come with this expectation.


Khalid Muhammed Khan,

Research Institute of Chemistry, Karachi

A university is the first fingerprint a person makes on society and this will guide him throughout his/her life.



Javed Baloch, University of Balochistan, Quetta


Universities play a fundamental role in promoting one’s passion.


Fatahullah Kasi, Balochistan

University of Information

Technology, Engineering, and

Management Sciences, Quetta

Mass Communication

A place where students have the freedom to learn in a balanced academic ecosystem to promote an atmosphere of cognitive development.


Moaz Bhangu, Forman

Christian College, Lahore

Film and photography

I envision universities as non-bureaucratic, communal institutions that pursue the quality of authentic expression and wisdom.


Fajr Sheikh, National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore

Economic and business administration

University education to help students adapt to the global change which has shifted the focus of the world from a consumption-oriented to a knowledge-based economy.


Maryana Shah, University of Peshawar

Be an open space for the expression and exchange of free thought and speech, independent of gender biases and patriarchal norms.


Laraib Javed, Aga Khan University, Karachi


A place for transition: a place that takes a young adult and adapts him/her to be a meaningful member of society.

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Fatima Shafiq, Aga Khan University, Karachi


A university is meant to promote growth. Through resources, facilities and faculty I expect to be changed in a way that helps me acquire the skills needed to not only establish my career but my personality as well.


A university is...