Institute of Business Administration, Karachi

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Institute of Business Administration, Karachi
IBA Karachi
Motto Leadership and Ideas for Tomorrow
Type Public
Established 1955
Dean Farrukh Iqbal
Director Farrukh Iqbal
Academic staff
Students 3377 [1]
Undergraduates 2751 [2]
Postgraduates 626 [3]
Location Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Campus karachi
Colours Maroon, white        
Affiliations CFA, SAQS,[2]

The Institute of Business Administration (IBA) is an independent university in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Founded in 1955, it is the oldest business school in Asia.[4]

IBA was established in 1955 in collaboration with the Wharton School and University of Southern California under a USAID backed project. It remained a constituent business school within the University of Karachi until, in 1994, when it's status was elevated to an independent chartered university by the Sindh government. Since 2003, IBA has expanded from a purely business school to an interdisciplinarity university.[5]

IBA, today, is one of Pakistan's selective and highest-ranked institutes particularly known for it's business program.[6][7] It is one of the two Pakistani business schools to be awarded the coveted certification by the South Asian Quality System.[8] IBA today has a campus with a covered area of 750,000 sq.ft mark and a student body of over 6,000 student's.[9] IBA has collaborations' with 15 institutions worldwide, which include Babson College, Indian School of Business, S. P. Jain Institute and the Northwestern University. It count's several prominet member's among its alumni, staff and student's including the incumbent current President Mamnoon Hussain, former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, Ishrat Hussain, Asad Umer.[10]


IBA is the brainchild of Mehmood Qadir (M.Q.), established in 1955 by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored the program and approached the Wharton faculty to establish a business school in Karachi, Pakistan.

The IBA offered post-graduate programs only for day scholars. In 1957, an evening program in graduate studies was started to cater to the needs of working executives and managers who were interested in furthering their careers through part-time business studies. In 1982, a three-year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) (Honors) program was introduced; this was upgraded to a four-year program by the President Pervez Musharraf administration. The institute's graduate program offering includes executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) for banking and financial services professionals, corporate managers, and public sector executives. These programs require work experience in the industry, resulting in a high average age of the class – upwards of 30 years. Till 1994, the University of Karachi awarded degrees to the graduates. In that year, the Sindh Assembly elevated the institute's status to that of a degree-awarding institution.

The Center for Computer Studies (now renamed as the Faculty of Computer Science) was established in 1983 with the collaboration of IBM, Pakistan. It offered a diploma in systems analysis. It now offers BBA (MIS), BS (Economics and Mathematics), MBA (MIS) and BS (Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Technology), MS (Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Technology), and Ph.D. programs. In addition, a Ph.D. program in MIS/Computer Science and Engineering/ICT was launched in August 2005. The Ph.D. degree has been expanded to include Operations Research, Artificial Intelligence, Cryptography, Numerical Analysis and Numerical Computing. The Center for Computer Studies is ranked number 1, according to the Higher Education Commission rankings.[11]

When established, the university had its only campus, called University campus, at Karachi University. Later another campus, known as City campus, was established for evening studies. City campus now holds morning and evening classes.

In 2006, the Institute of Business Administration was granted 50 acres (200,000 m2) of land by the Sindh Government for the development of an Education City in Karachi.[12] The Tabba foundation in Pakistan donated the institute Rs.120 million for upgradate of facilities on the IBA campuses.[13]

The United States government and the IBA are to establish a centre for entrepreneurship at the school to support new businesses, help create Pakistani enterprises and link students with private sector venture capitalists.[14]

IBA has also started its Entrepreneurship Development Program[15] in collaboration with Sindh Board of Investment.[16]

Dean & Director[edit]

Following the retirement of Dr Ishrat Hussain (Dean and Director of Institute of Business Administration, Karachi), Dr. Sayeed Ghani, Associate Professor and Associate Dean — Faculty Computer Sciences, IBA was appointed as the acting Dean and Director Institute of Business Administration, Karachi as of March 2016. Dr. Ghani has a B.S. from MIT and M.S. and Ph.D from Columbia University in Electrical Engineering. Later on Dr. Farrukh Iqbal was elected as the official Dean and the director of IBA

Dr. Ishrat Hussain holds a master's degree in Development Economics from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University. He is a graduate of the Executive Development Program jointly sponsored by Harvard, Stanford and INSEAD. He was also the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan's Central bank from 2 December 1999 to 1 December 2005.[17]

Dr. Farrukh Iqbal has more than thirty years of Research and Management experience in the World Bank across a diverse range of countries and sectors. He holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University, USA.


Societies and clubs[edit]

  • Adventure Club: ECs(Abdullah Khan, Meeran Shaikh, Asad Hasan, Hassan Shakeel and Danish Aslam.
  • Alumni & Placement Society
  • Arts Society
  • Boys Hostel Society
  • Boys Sports Society
  • Community Welfare Society
  • Computer Science Society
  • Dramatics Society
  • Economics Club
  • Entrepreneurship Society
  • Finance Club
  • Girls Hostel Society
  • Girls Sports Society
  • Go Green Society
  • Human Resource Club
  • Iqra Society
  • Leadership Club
  • Literary Society
  • Marketing Club
  • Mathematics & Astronomy Club
  • MBA Club
  • Media and Communications Society
  • Music Society
  • Photography Society
  • Public Speaking Society
  • Social Sciences Club
  • IBA Wide Student Council (ISC)

Notable alumni[edit]

This is a partial list of notable alumni of Institute of Business Administration, Karachi.


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  4. ^ "Institute of Business Administration (IBA)". Top Universities. 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  5. ^ "Institute of Business Administration - Karachi". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  6. ^ Newspaper, From the (2016-08-31). "Google team trains IBA students on monetizing products". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  7. ^ "Extraordinary Pakistanis: Imran Shaukat - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2016-06-29. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  8. ^ PPI, PPI (26 August 2011). "Achievements : IBA certified by South Asian System (Karachi city)". Express Tribune. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Institute of Business Administration - Karachi". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  10. ^ "Institute of Business Administration - Karachi". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  11. ^ Archive. 13 November 2005. Dawn. Retrieved on 2011-05-22.
  12. ^ Archive. 19 November 2006. Dawn. Retrieved on 2011-05-22.
  13. ^ Tabba Foundation. IBA (9 October 2009). Retrieved on 2011-05-22.
  14. ^ IBA, US join hands for new business. Retrieved on 2011-05-22.
  15. ^ [1] Archived 24 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ Sindh Board Of Investment, Government Of Sindh. Retrieved on 2013-08-03.
  17. ^ Archive | 29 July 2008. Dawn.Com. Retrieved on 2011-05-22.
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  19. ^ Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ CFA Program University Partners. Retrieved on 2013-08-03.
  21. ^ The only CFA accredited university of pakistan. (2009-04-28). Retrieved on 2013-08-03.

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