The LUMS Open day was held on Sunday, 18th November 2018, with the LUMS campus bustling with activity as aspiring students, along with their parents toured the campus and interacted with the LUMS community. The event started off on a high note, as they met with faculty, staff and current students and received information relevant to their interest. This included information sessions conducted by the Schools, and booths that provided assistance regarding admissions, LUMS societies, and financial aid. A booth was also set up for candidates to help them start their online admission applications.
LUMS Syed Ahsan Ali and Syed Maratib Ali School of Education (SOE) experienced an overwhelming turnout, as people from diverse backgrounds and different cities attended the Open day to get more information about the MPhil Education Leadership and Management (ELM) programme.
The information session was led by Dr. Tahir Andrabi (Dean SOE), while the panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Mariam Chughtai (Associate Dean). The panel also included Dr. Tahir Andrabi, Dr. Faisal Bari (Director Academics), Dr. Tayyaba Tamim (Associate Professor), Dr. Qaisar Khan (Assistant Professor), Mehreen Noon (Director Teaching and Learning Initiative) and Sarah Mahmood (Manager Marketing and Admissions).
Detailed information was provided by the panel members about the MPhil ELM programme, including curriculum structure, the practicum, admission process, selection criteria, the student life at LUMS SOE, and career prospects after the MPhil degree.
People belonging to different age brackets, academic backgrounds, geographical regions and diverse experiences attended the information session, united by their common goal to bringing change in the educational landscape of the country.
The session was full of insightful and productive exchanges. The panel emphasized that the aim of the ELM programme was to nurture and cultivate future leaders in the education sector, and thus the best facilities and resources have been invested in the programme to achieve that objective.
Dr. Faisal Bari emphasized the need for skilled and motivated people at leadership positions in the education sector, and shared how SOE wants to create future leaders to bring reforms.
When asked if different profiles of the students act as a barrier in the learning process, Dr. Mariam Chughtai answered that diversity was in fact, one of the strongest features of the program. By putting together people from varying backgrounds, the students get to learn not just from the teachers but from their peers as well.
Shajia Shoaib, a student of the current MPhil ELM batch, shared her own experience of choosing the program. She mentioned that while she was initially apprehensive about leaving her professional life for an ELM degree, however, now she is completely satisfied with her decision, and the journey has been worth every risk.
The event ended on a positive note with an outpour of questions from the guests. At the end, the candidates interacted one on one with the panel members for detailed discussions and queries.