Dr Faheem ul Islam has joined the University of Management and Technology as Dean, School of Business and Economics. Dr Faheem holds a PhD degree from the University of Cambridge, UK, and MBS from National University of Singapore. An HEC approved PhD supervisor in the area of management strategy, Dr Faheem brings extensive experience as a corporate consultant, researcher and educationist. His addition to an already world class faculty at UMT has been widely appreciated by the faculty members and students.
Welcoming him to the University, Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad, Rector UMT, said the UMT business school has over 1400 students and he feels quite relaxed in handing over charge of the school to the new dean. On an important note, he said that we live in rapidly changing times and our students are changing as well. In the old days, one could expect students to study for 30 hours but now they study for 15 hours and spend the remaining time in social networking which is the preferred mode for gaining access to information. Dr Hasan was of the view that our teaching methodologies and curriculum should reflect these changes. Reflecting on the University’s history, Dr Hasan said that UMT is one of the first members of the Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business (AACSB) International and has promoted regional cooperation through its association with Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA) and Association of Management Development Institutions in Pakistan (AMDIP).
Dr Faheem ul Islam said that he was delighted to join UMT. He was of the view that old management and economic theories have failed and new paradigms have to be developed. He reminded everyone that competition is growing and we need to forge a collaborative team to take the UMT Business School to the next threshold. He added that the stereotyped concept of a leader is that he leads from the front, pulling along everyone to excel more. However, he said that he did not believe in the top-down leadership approach. ‘As leader of the business school', he said, ‘I shall be pushing everyone from behind to progress to the next level’.
Dr A R Kausar, Pro-Rector UMT, also addressed the gathering and welcomed the new dean. Faculty members of the School of Business and Economics were present on this occasion as well.
Prior to joining UMT, Dr Faheem taught at LUMS and worked with WAPDA, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, National University of Science and Technology, Royal Brunei Airlines, and Royal Sporting House in Singapore. He has been involved in several consultancy and corporate training assignments including capacity building of Malay enterprises in Singapore, Brunei Government development, corporate training of Sentosa Development Corporation in Singapore, capacity building of Finnish enterprises for internationalization, human development, and designing sustainable projects for SDPI in Pakistan.
Dr Faheem has published papers in the Journal of Asian Business and Temasek Journal. He has also written working papers at the University of Cambridge, UK. Dr Faheem ul Islam has presented papers at several conferences including the Annual TCI Competitiveness Conference, Annual Conference of Corporate Strategy, South Asia Beyond Independence, Judge Business School Doctoral Conference, European Doctoral Conference, and Facing-East/Facing-West Conference.