The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Arshad Ahmad, Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning and Professor of Finance and Business Economics at McMaster University, Canada, as the 5th Vice Chancellor of LUMS. Dr. Ahmad will assume his Office at the University in end-August, 2018.
Sharing his thoughts on his role at LUMS, Dr. Ahmad said, “It is a great privilege to serve Pakistan’s premier institution and I am excited to work with talented colleagues and the exceptional students who I am confident will take LUMS to the next level of excellence. It is also a homecoming for me and I am grateful for the warm welcome I have already received during my visits.”
As Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning at McMaster University for the past five years, Dr. Ahmad has also led McMaster’s Paul MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching where he has spearheaded several initiatives that continue to enhance McMaster University’s reputation as an international leader in teaching and learning.
Prior to joining McMaster, Dr. Ahmad was Professor of Finance at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business and has also taught executive programmes, seminars and led workshops around the world. Dr. Ahmad also brings with him a wealth of consultancy experience across diverse industries in Canada and overseas, including Advertising, Appliances, Banking, Beverages, Engineering, Pharmaceuticals and Technology.
In addition to his expertise in Finance, Dr. Ahmad earned an MBA and PhD in Educational Psychology from McGill University, Canada, and has focused on curriculum design, online and blended learning, approaches to effective teaching strategies and students as partner programmes. He continues to serve as Chair of the Editorial Board of the International Journal for Students as Partners and as the Chair of Teaching and Learning Canada. Dr. Ahmad has also led Canada’s Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as its President while also being the Vice President of the International Consortium of Educational Developers. Both these organisations aim to enhance the quality of the student learning experience.
In 1992, Dr. Ahmad was recognized with a lifetime 3M Teaching Fellowship and has several local and international teaching awards to his credit. His accomplishments as the Vice-Provost have been further recognized when McMaster was recently selected as the winner of the Global Teaching Excellence Award by an international jury. His departure was announced recently in McMaster’s Daily News.
Dr. Ahmad’s extensive experience and achievements will take LUMS further in its vision of global excellence as he takes this leadership position at LUMS. Currently, the University ranks amongst the top 50 universities in Asia on QS Graduate Employ ability Ranking 2018. As an institution, it is closing in on being ranked among the top 100 Universities in Asia.