Beaconhouse National University
|Beaconhouse National University|
Seal of Beaconhouse National University
|Chancellor||Governor of Punjab|
|Vice-Chancellor||Mr. Shahid Hafiz Kardar|
|Location||Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan|
31 acres (13 ha) (Tarogil, main campus)
|Newspaper||The BNU Gazette|
|Affiliations||Higher Education Commission|
Beaconhouse National University (BNU) is a private university located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Chartered by the Government of Punjab, Beaconhouse National University was established in 2003 by the Beaconhouse School System and its owner, Mrs. Kasuri, to provide a modern education while ensuring that the history and culture of Pakistani society are respected. Beaconhouse National University is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian institution offering undergraduate and graduate programms.
Founded in 2003 by the by the Beaconhouse School System and its owner, Mrs. Kasuri, the university offers programms in Engineering, Fine Arts, humanities, business and managements sciences. The university is ranked among one of the top universities in the country as currently stands in top ranking in "General category" by the HEC as of 2013.Beaconhouse Nation University is a multi-ethnic university situated in the metropolitan city of Lahore, Pakistan.BNU has foreign students from countries including China, Sri Lanka, Iran, Nepal, Bhutan, Australia, Russia, USA, and the UK.
The university offers scientific research in humanities, Business Studies , arts, Software engineering, social sciences. The university is a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities of the United Kingdom.
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- 4 Notable faculty
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BNU established the Razia Hassan School of Architecture , Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts, Seeta Majeed School of Social Sciences, School of Computer & IT, School of Psychology & School of Education. The School of Computer and Information Technology, for the disciplines of Software Engineering, Information Systems and Management Business Computing, was established in 2005.
Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts & Design
The School of Visual Arts and Design at BNU has completed a decade of its existence. Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts offer Bachelor Degrees in BFA Photography,BFA Visual Arts,BFA Visual Communication Design,B. Des Textile Design,B. Des Jewelry & Accessory Design B.Des Fashion Studies. It provides for a rich variety of art practice and theory.In the friendly environment of SVAD, students are treated as individuals with needs.It is the School's underlying belief that an art education should make great demands upon all those engaged in it - the students and the faculty. The faculty regularly participates in both local and international exhibitions and residencies. Our lecturers are not only dedicated to imparting a high quality of education but are also actively committed to furthering the development of the visual arts in Pakistan. Building the next generation of educated artists, designers and theoreticians is fundamental to our mission. At this time of globalization, there is a pronounced international interest in Pakistani art and we hope to be at the forefront of this development. Our first graduates have joined the wider art and design community, not only in Pakistan but in the U.K. and U.S. They have launched themselves into the industry or have been admitted to eminent postgraduate programs abroad. We are confident they will make their way in the world as knowledgeable and competent professionals.
Much has been accomplished during these past years but much remains to be done. Building on our success, a lot of hard work still lies ahead in increasing our academic stature.We extend a warm welcome to the new and returning students. You will discover that you have joined a unique institution. We look forward to another productive, stimulating and rewarding year at SVAD.
Razia Hassan School of Architecture
School of Architecture (SA) was instituted in 2004.The first groups of students intending to study Architecture were admitted in the Joint SVA-ScAD Foundation Class in September 2004.Dr. Gulzar Haider became the first Dean of SA in April 2005 and decided to start the B.Arch from Sept 2005. Twelve (12) students chose to continue in Bachelor of Architecture in semester III (Sept 2005) after common Foundation during 2004-2005.As the HEC-PCATP Curriculum for B.Arch was announced the BNU program was recast with immediate effect after the due process of going through the Academic Council of BNU. During the period of Sept 2006 and 2009 B.Arch student enrollment pressure at BNU continue to increase. At the beginning of the academic year 2009-2010 the total number of Architecture students (not including the ones in common Foundation) were 112.At the beginning of academic year 2010-2011 the common Foundation Year was transformed into a full first year of the 5 year B.Arch Program and a transformed programme (178 credits) was launched. At the beginning of academic year 2010-2011 the total number of Architecture students, including the new First Year is 195.BNU School of Architecture has five permanent faculty who have excellent international education, experience and reputation among peers. Two of these faculty hold Ph.D.s, two have Masters from USA and France, one is a graduate of AA, London, RIBA Professional with experience in UK and USA with offices like Foster, Hadid, Moreno.
- Architectural Publication Centre:
In 2010 School of Architecture is proposing establishment of APC: Architectural Publication Centre with an aim to produce educational text and visual material for the primary use of architectural education in Pakistan. It will have 1-2 research assistants working under guidance and supervision of selected permanent faculty. 
School of Computer & Information Technology
The vision of the School of Computer and Information Technology (SCIT) is to produce graduates who can compete academically, technically and professionally with the best in the country.To this end, the School places special emphasis on all areas which have an impact on the provision of quality education namely; quality of intake, curriculum development, selection of faculty, teaching methodology, examination system and co-curricular activities. School of Computer & IT offers bachelor Degrees in Software Engineering, Mangement Bussiness Computing & Master in Information Systems.
The School is conscious of the fast changing market requirements, which emanate from new systems and technologies. In particular, the Internet and mobile technologies have completely changed the working of the business and commercial world. The School has introduced new programs and updated existing ones in response to these changing needs. For instance: a new program namely BSc (Hons) in Information Systems is being launched from current academic year; the curriculum of the Software Engineering program has been revised in accordance with the recommendations of the National Computing Education Accreditation Council (NCEAC), Pakistan
- Mozilla Firefox Development Cell:
School of Computer & IT has a center of Development for Mozilla Firefox (Internet browser). Volunteers from other universities also enroll for the development.BNU -School of Computer & Information Technology (SCIT) Final Year Software Engineering Students also represented Mozilla Pakistan at Mozilla Firefox Summit at Santa Clara, California , United States in 2013. 
Seeta Majeed School of Social Sciences
SMSS offers three undergraduate programs leading to the BSc (Honours) degree in Economics & Business Economics, Journalism and Literature, as well as a combined programs in Television & Film theater in conjunction with the Economics Department.
- Department of Liberal Arts (SLAAS):
Mission of School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (SLASS) is to carry out career oriented, financially viable vertical and horizontal expansion of the school to deliver quality education with the support of distinguished faculty and through improvement in quality of student intake. School also aims at making significant research contribution associated with the most pressing issues at local and national level in Pakistan.
School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences strives to offer broad based degrees at bachelor level and highly specialized degrees at master level. We constantly update our courses. We are conscious to ensure relevance, application and updated material in our course contents. We have a strong believe in continuous professional development of our faculty. Therefore, we have already initiated a faculty development program. By virtue of being positioned in the first Liberal Arts University in Pakistan, School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers its students an opportunity to enhance their personal and professional development through highly supportive academic atmosphere so that they are in a position to play leadership role in economic management and resolve critical public policy issues of the country. Graduates of the school are provided with hands on experience on research, real world issues, and application of quantitative techniques while working on their research projects or thesis
- The Maya Tree:
The Maya Tree Liberal Arts Review is a peer reviewed academic journal devoted to the Arts and Critical Discourse. In print since 2009, now into its third volume (2012), the journal is published by Beaconhouse National University (BNU), Lahore, through an innovative, self-governed, multi-disciplinary project.
- Department of Economics (SLASS-ECO):
Department of Economics strives to offer broad based degrees at bachelor level and highly specialized degrees at postgraduate level. We constantly update our courses. We are conscious to ensure relevance, application and updated material in our course contents. We have a strong belief in continuous professional development of our faculty. Therefore, we have already initiated a faculty development program. By virtue of being positioned in the first Liberal Arts University in Pakistan, Department of Economics offers its students an opportunity to enhance their personal and professional development through highly supportive academic atmosphere so that they are in a position to play leadership role in economic management and resolve critical public policy issues of the country. Graduates of the Department are provided with hands on experience on research, real world issues, and application of quantitative techniques while working on their research projects or thesis with the support of the Institute of Public Policy at BNU. 
School of Mass Communication
The School of Media and Mass Communication (SMC) at the Beaconhouse National University (BNU) is dedicated to the proposition that the free flow of ideas is vital for the development and improvement of modern democratic societies. The School attempts to establish a centre of excellence focused upon teaching, research and service in the study and professional practice of human communication.
Institute of Psychology
The Institute of Psychology at the Beaconhouse National University was established in 2004, to provide opportunities in the private sector for higher studies in Psychology. The Institute offers a broad range of programs in Psychology that not only communicate contemporary knowledge but also train students in general skills of research, critical thinking, statistical analysis, as well as written and oral communication. Our approach is evolutionary, we constantly update our courses to ensure that they remain challenging and relevant. The programs are conducted with the collaboration of psychiatric units at teaching hospitals and other educational and business organizations in the private and public sector. It is to date the only institute in Pakistan that offers specialized masters programs in diverse fields such as Clinical, Counseling, Organizational and School Psychology.
- IEEE - BNU chapter
- BNU Dramatics Society
- BNU Debates and Recitation Society
- BNU Adventure Society
- Community Service Society
- Computer Gaming Association
- Culture Society
- BNU Media Arts Society]
- BNU Model United Nations
- Music Society
- Photographic Society
- Religious Society
- Student Math Society
- Volunteer Society
- Pakistan Students Association International -BNU Chapter
BNU was given, in February 2008, the highest status (Category 'W') by the Higher Education Commission in its ranking of universities in Pakistan.
During the past two years,[when?] a total of 128 students have graduated from BNU, 40 with bachelor's degrees, 70 with master's degrees and 16 with postgraduate diplomas. Five graduates have moved on for further studies, including three who have received Fulbright fellowships.
- School of Computer and IT
- School of Visual Arts & Design
- School of Education
- School of Social Sciences
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