History

The LUMS Syed Ahsan Ali and Syed Maratib Ali School of Education is the fifth school at LUMS. Launched in 2017, it is the brainchild of Dr. Tahir Andrabi, the School’s Inaugural Dean, and Dr. Mariam Chughtai, the School’s former Associate Dean.

The School of Education was set up in response to the explosive growth in the education sector of the Pakistani economy and the accompanying rapidly expanding demand for educational services. This growth, the largest of which is occurring within a 200-km radius of the city of Lahore, has led to a shortage of well-trained decision-makers and leaders in the sector, such as school principals, managers of school chains, policy analysts and implementers, and higher education administrators. This is a key friction in the country’s education ecosystem that is hindering its progress in improving both quality and access of education.

SOE aims to operate at the intersection of research, policy, and practice to produce graduates who provide strategic direction and make an impact in Pakistan’s rapidly changing educational landscape. The School offers two graduate level programmes: The MPhil Education Leadership and Management as its flagship programme, and the Executive MPhil Education Leadership and Management programme that was launched in 2020.

Additionally, SOE has also gradually built its undergraduate portfolio by regularly offering courses targeting the undergraduate student body. This culminated in the launch of SOE’s first undergraduate program in 2019: the Minor in Education.

The first cohort graduated in June 2020 and can be found pursuing diversified career paths as administrators, entrepreneurs, policy makers, edtech experts, educators, researchers, and practitioners.