Business education-CPEC link to have a long-term impact: governor

Karachi:February 6:The success of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) depends very much on the consensus, commitment, continuity and collaboration of all stakeholders, including political parties, public and private sector organisations, military, civil society and academia.

Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair made this observation while speaking as chief guest at the 5th Deans and Directors Annual Conference that began at a hotel on Monday, said a press release issued by the Institute of Business Administration (IBA).

The conference, organised by the National Business Education Accreditation Council (NBEAC) of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), was chaired by council chairman Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad.

Commenting on the conference’s theme, ‘Creating Impact with CPEC’, the governor said: “The theme is significant in two respects; first, it is generating a discussion in the wake of the changing landscape of economy and multilateral relationships in the region; and second, it is connecting business education with the CPEC, which will have a long-term impact.”

Keynote speaker HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said, “Leadership in education, particularly in priority areas, is a critical resource that is likely to take other stakeholders in mainstream into confidence so that policies can be made functional and executable which have the potential to chart the socio-economic future of the country.”

Other key note speeches that set the tone of the conference were delivered by Stephen Saaca, chief executive officer of Global Business School Networks, USA, and Dr Zaki Rashidi, associate dean of management sciences at Iqra University.

One of the four panel discussions during the first day of the conference revolved around collaboration with Chinese business schools, and had speakers such as Prof Dr Lai Desheng, dean of Business School Market Beijing Normal University, Prof Zhiwen Yin, associate dean at School of Management in Fudan University, Prof Frank Y-H Ying, dean of the Department of Business Administration at the National Taiwan Normal University, and Dr Prof Guo Xuetang, director of the Institute of International Strategy and Policy Analysis SUIBE.

The panel discussion was moderated by Dr Ishrat Husain, currently serving as the chairman of the Centre for Excellence in Islamic Finance (CEIF) at the BA.

Other plenary sessions addressed topics such as leveraging Karachi for the CPEC and shifting roles of business schools in society. Capacity building workshops focused primarily on the matters of accreditation and reaccreditation, and meeting the challenges of business schools/department within the context of large universities.

The first day of the conference culminated with a call for papers segment that served as a platform to present original scholarly papers relevant to the theme of the conference. The moot will conclude today with some more training sessions, workshops and seminars led by national and international trainers and speakers.The news.