Lahore University of Management Sciences

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Lahore University of Management Sciences
Lums Lahore Logo I.gif
Motto العلم سلامي
Type Private
Established 1984 (1984)
Endowment Rs. 710 Million ($ 7.2 Million)[1]
Vice-Chancellor Dr Kamran Zafar
Undergraduates 4000
Postgraduates 5000
Location Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Campus Urban, 100 acres (40 ha)
Colours Navy blue, charcoal, white            
Affiliations HEC, PEC

The Lahore University of Management Sciences[2] (or LUMS), is an independent research university located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.[3][4]

It was founded in 1984 by the patronage of the businessindustrial community. It established a business school in 1986 and the undergraduate school was initiated in 1994, and in 2008 launched an engineering school.[4][5] The university is sponsored by the National Management Foundation which is sponsored by Lahore's business community.[6] The university launched a National Outreach Programme in 2001 to provide financial aid to students[7] and in 2015 in partnership with Afghan government launched a scholarship programme for Afghan students.[8]

As of 2016, the university has a student body of about 3,500 graduate and undergraduate students, a faculty of 200. It's campus spreads over a 100 acres where more than half its student population and more than half its faculty lives.[9][10][11] Its business school is one of two in Pakistan to be certified by the South Asian Quality Assurance System and is ranked as one of the top business school's in the country.[12][13] The university is also a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities.[14]

LUMS is ranked as the top varsity in Pakistan in the QS University Rankings for the year 2016, 111th in Asia and among top 700 in the world.[15] Following a U.S style curriculum, LUMS is one of Pakistan's most expensive and selective universities.[16][17] All students are required to give SAT for undergraduate and GRE or GMATs for graduate admission. LUMS alumni include Pakistan's first female Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and computer scientist Dr. Umar Saif.[18]


The university was granted a charter by the government of Pakistan in March 1985. The LUMS Board of Trustees comprises members of the domestic business community, academics, and government representatives. The principal functions of the board are to set policy guidelines and to review the operations of the university. The Board of Governors, as the sponsor of LUMS, raises funds for the university's operation and maintenance.[19]

In 1986, a business school by the name of Lahore Business School was established for an MBA Programme. Later the school was renamed and is known as Suleman Dawood Business School.[20] After the construction of current campus, LUMS started undergraduate programmes in Economics and Computer Sciences in 1994. In 1996, the School of Arts and Science was introduced to oversee the undergraduate programmes.[20]

LUMS established the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law (SHSSL) to oversee the Social Sciences, Economics and Law departments. The School of Sciences and Engineering, for the disciplines of Mathematics, Computer Science and Computer Engineering, was established in 2008.[20] As of 2016, the university charges Rs. 272,400 tuition fee per semester for undergraduate students.[21]


The university consists of four schools, which are divided into departments.

Suleman Dawood School of Business[edit]

The Suleman Dawood School of Business was the first school established at LUMS in 1986. The school's curriculum was designed in partnership with Harvard Business School and the University of Western Ontario (UWO). The school offers full-time MBA, a week-end Executive MBA, a course-based PhD Management and Bachelor's programmes with majorsmunting and Finance, and Management Science.[22]


Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities, Social Sciences[edit]

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences consists of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Economics. DHSS offers several undergraduate degrees in Anthropology/Sociology, History, English, and Political Science, as well as a combined programme in Politics and Economics in conjunction with the Economics Department. The school also offers minors in related subject areas. Started in 1999, the Department of Humanities and Social Science is home to disciplines in the Social Science and Humanities including Anthropology and Sociology, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and History.[23]

The Economics Department offers a four year undergraduate programme in Economics (the first class graduated in 1997) as well as a graduate programme in Economics (the first class graduated in 2002). Economics is one of the most popular majors at tLUMS, and a significant percentage of the student body at LUMS studies Economics as a major, as part of a joint degree programme, or as a minor.[24]

Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering[edit]

The LUMS School of Science and Engineering is a school within LUMS with undergraduate programs in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Physics; and graduate programs in Computer Science and Mathematics.[25]

Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law[edit]

The groundbreaking ceremony of LUMS' fourth school, Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law, took place on Saturday, April 5, 2014 on campus. The chief guest at the ceremony was the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani. The law school has been named after (late) Shaikh Ahmad Hassan.

The establishment of SAHSOL has grown out of the LUMS Department of Law and Policy, which has been functioning since 2004, offers a 5-year joint BA-LL.B undergraduate programme, accredited by the Pakistan Bar Council. The number of graduates of the school as of June 2013 were 93 and 221 were enrolled in the BA-LL.B programme.[26]


LUMS has 170 full-time faculty. Faculty/staff members include:

  • Amer Iqbal, theoretical physicist, known for his work on string theory and supersymmetric gauge theories.
  • Arif Zaman, a statistician and mathematician, known for his work on statistics and computer science.
  • Shahryar Khan, Adjunct Faculty, International Relations
  • S. Azmat Hassan, Adjunct Faculty, International Relations

Notable alumni include:


The Suleman Dawood School of Business has produced more than 600 case studies and has published one of Asia's leading case research journals. Case studies written at LUMS are now used in universities across the world, including MBA programs in other Pakistani universities. In 2011, a case study written by LUMS Professors Shazib Shaikh and Zahoor Hassan won the Ruth Greene Memorial Award of the North American Case Research Association (NACRA)for the best case written outside North America.[29] The LUMS School of Science and Engineering has published in international journals in Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. In 2011 Professor Basit Yameen of the LUMS School of Science and Engineering won the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for his work on pi-conjugated polymers.[29][30]

Technology for People Initiative[edit]

Technology for People Initiative (TPI) is technology and design nonprofit centre at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan. It is focused on solving governance problems in the public sector through design thinking, prototyping and iteration. TPI's past and ongoing projects include evidence based policing for Lahore Police, CourtBeat for judicial courts, mapping rural Pakistan and the award-winning Bahawalpur Service Delivery Unit. The centre was founded in April 2012 with a seed grant from[31]

Rausing Executive Development Centre, Lahore University of Management Sciences[edit]

REDC Placed under the aegis of the Suleman Dawood School of Business at LUMS, Rausing Executive Development Centre has been pioneering executive education in Pakistan. It is housed in a purpose built facility. From three programmes in 1989, REDC now lists 21 programmes in its annual calendar for Open Programmes and conducts 70 programmes every year inclusive of customized programmes.


The Lahore University of Management Sciences library provides services that include loans, online information searching, reference services, inter-library loan, document delivery, photocopying, viewing of audiovisual and microfilm materials, access to virtual collections and digital resources, CD-ROM and online searching. It has a collection of 350,000 volumes, 128,000 e-books and 35,000 e-Journals.[32][33] The library has a multidisciplinary wing (the Khalid Ishaq Wing) dedicated to jurist and scholar Khalid M. Ishaq, who donated 92,957 books from his collection to the library.[34]


National Outreach Programme[edit]

LUMS has launched a National Outreach Programme[20] to reach out to bright students from underprivileged areas of Pakistan. Under this initiative, induction of selected candidates into the academic programs will be facilitated by preparation for the University’s admission criteria and then by provision of full financial assistance to those who qualify. Many students are admitted in LUMS on the basis of NOP. There are also a number of scholarships which are offered on need/academic achievement basis. LUMS loan scheme covers 20%-100% of the tuition fee component of the student. LUMS loans are interest free.[35]

See also[edit]


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  27. ^ Sheikh, Shahzaib. "Bilal Khan talks about his acting stint,Lux Style Awards and new album". The News: Instep Today. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  28. ^ "LUMS Alumna Afia Nathaniel's Film 'Dukhtar' Premieres at TIFF". Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  29. ^ a b Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  34. ^ Archived from the original on 7 March 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  35. ^ [4] Archived 13 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.

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