August 21, 2020
August 21, 2020
UCP Business School organized a guest speaker session on the topic University Education and Institution Building & Impact in the Faculty Development Program. Mr. Faraz Khan (Founder of Social, Entrepreneurship & Equity Development (SEED) Ventures) was the resource person of the session. Mr. Faraz is a multi-stakeholder investment and impact specialist, author, and a public speaker with over 25 years of experience. He is the founder of Social, Entrepreneurship & Equity Development (SEED) Ventures which is an investment and impact development organization in Pakistan. Within 10 years he has taken the group from an idea to a sustainable organization, with a turnover of $40 million for SEED and its portfolio companies.
Mr. Faraz started the session by highlighting the role of university education and its importance in Pakistan. As universities can be seen as a focal point of knowledge and its application, an institution which makes a great contribution to the economic growth and development through fostering innovation and increasing higher skills. Mr Faraz emphasized that by investing in knowledge creation activities and enabling its diffusion we are creating high-wage employment and enhancing productivity growth in Pakistan. He also added that modern universities educate their students through various programmes aimed at preparing them for different economic sectors. Thus, universities are helping students to stay and progress in the labor market for long and keep pace with changes in the global economy and changes in the innovation process.
Mr. Faraz shared that one of the missions of the universities is finding solutions to big challenges and conducting research within global priority areas, contributing to social outcomes such as health and social engagement. He concluded the session by highlighting that countries are putting knowledge at the service of their societies to create a better world. This can be achieved through the training of first-class minds, through major advances in science and technology and by encouraging an interest in learning. The entire faculty members participated rigorously in the session.
After the Q/A session, the session concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Irfan Siddique (Deputy HoD, Undergraduate Program) and Ms. Ambreen Khursheed (Lecturer, UCP Business School).
At the end of the session, Dr. Ather Azim Khan, Associate Dean, Faculty of Management Studies presented a souvenir to the guest. He expressed gratitude and thanked the guest for delivering an informative session in the faculty development program.