Lahore University of Management Sciences

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Lahore University of Management Sciences
جامعہ لاہور براۓ انتظامی سائنسز
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Motto العلم سلامي
Type Private (non-profit)
Established 1984 (1984)
Endowment Rs. 710 Million ($ 7.2 Million)[1]
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Sohail Naqvi (PhD, Purdue)
Dean Dr. Martin Wilhelm Lau PhD (London) and Dr. Jawad Syed PhD (Macquarie)
Academic staff
Students 4000
Location Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Campus Urban, 100 acres (40 ha)
Colours Navy blue, charcoal, white            
Affiliations HEC, PEC, Association of Commonwealth Universities

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

LUMS was founded in 1984 by the patronage of the businessindustrial community spearheaded by Syed Babar Ali. With advice from the Harvard Business School and a $10 million grant from USAID, It established a graduate business school in 1986.[5][6][7] The university has since then expanded, launching a liberal arts undergraduate school in 1994, an engineering school in 2008, a law school in 2004 and an education school in 2017.[4][8][9] The university launched a National Outreach Programme in 2001 to provide financial aid to students[10] and in 2015, in partnership with Afghan government, launched a scholarship programme for Afghan students to diversify its student body.[11]

As of 2017, the university has a student body of approximately 4,000 graduate and undergraduate students, a faculty of 248 out of which nearly three quarters have doctoral degrees.[12] Its campus spreads over a 100 acres where more than half its student population and more than half its faculty lives.[13][14][15] 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 schools in the country.[16][17] The university is also a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities.[18]

LUMS is ranked as the top varsity in Pakistan in the QS University Rankings for the year 2016, 111th in Asia and among the top 700 in the world.[19] It is also ranked by QS as among the top 300 universities globally for business and among the top 400 universities globally in mathematics.[20][12] Following a liberal arts curriculum, LUMS is one of Pakistan's most expensive, selective and progressive universities.[21][22] LUMS count's several prominent Pakistani intellectual's and public figures among its alumni and current and former faculty including Umar Saif, Hina Rabbani Khar, Adil Najam, Arif Zaman, Amer Iqbal, Ayesha Jalal, Asad Abidi, Osama Siddique and Pervez Hoodbhoy.[23] It also counts several Fulbright, Chevening and Rhodes scholars among its alumni.[24][25][26]


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.[27] 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.[28]

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.[28] 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.[28] As of 2016, the university charges Rs. 272,400 tuition fee per semester for undergraduate students.[29]

LUMS launched the National Outreach Programme in 2011[28] 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.[30]

According to LUMS, it has disbursed PKR 3.2 Billion in financial assistance, with approximately 30% of the student body receiving some form of financial assistance each year. During the academic year 2015-16 alone, LUMS has disbursed more than PKR 500 Million as financial aid to its students. As of 2016, more than 800 scholars have benefited from the LUMS National Outreach Programme (NOP).[31] In 2017, the Shahid Hussain Foundation established scholarships for international undergraduate students from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation member countries.[32]



The oldest building at LUMS is the two-storeyed Academic Block designed by Habib Fida Ali which spreads over an area of 150,000 sq ft. The Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences is based in this building.[33] The five-story Suleman Dawood School of Business building occupying a covered area of 160,000 sq ft. and accommodates over 1300 students. The Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering is based out of a 5-floor building which covers an area of 300,000 sq ft, the building includes a 10MW electrical grid station and includes 20 research labs.[33]

More than half of the student body at LUMS lives on campus each year which includes seven male and four female hostels. The Syed Maratab Ali Sports Complex includes a school gym and sports facilities for basketball, tennis, cricket and squash.[33] The Pepsi Dining Centre (PDC) covers an area of 14,000 sq ft. and was funded by PepsiCo.[34] The Coca-Cola Aquatic Centre includes an Olympic-size swimming pool and is funded by a Rs. 22 million grant from the Coca-Cola Company.[35]

The LUMS 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.[36][37] 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.[38]


School founding
Suleman Dawood School of Business
Undergraduate School
Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering
Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law
LUMS Education School

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 management and Finance, and Management Science.[39] The school is led by Arif Nazir Butt.[40]

Degree Major
BSc Management Science
MBA Management
Executive MBA Management
PhD Management

Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and 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.[41] 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 LUMS, 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.[42] The school is headed by Kamal Ahmed Munir.[43]

Degree Major
BA English


BSc Accounting and Finance


Anthropology and Sociology

Economics and Politics

Political Science

MS Economics
PhD Economics

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.[44] The school is headed by Shahid Masud.[45]

Degree Major
BS Biology


Computer Science

Electrical Engineering



MS Chemistry

Computer Science

Electrical Engineering



PhD Biology


Computer Science

Electrical Engineering



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.[46] The school is led by Martin Wilhelm Lau, who previously served as the deputy head of law school at SOAS.[47]

Degree Major
BA-LL.B (Honours) Law

LUMS School of Education[edit]

On January 6, 2017, LUMS announced the establishment of its fifth school, the LUMS School of Education. The exploratory phase for the LUMS School of Education was initiated in October 2015 with funding from the Babar Ali Foundation. According the university sources, over the course of the project phase, the team established local, regional and international links through events such as the inaugural Education Roundtable at LUMS in March 2016.[48]

The school will be home to the following programs, starting in Fall 2018.[49][50]

Degree Major
MS Education Policy, Leadership and Management
BS Education (Minor)


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

Notable alumni include:

Research and Reputation[edit]

[56][57] 2015 2016
QS World University Rankings 701+ 701+
QS Subject Rankings (Maths) - 301-400
QS Subject Rankings (Business) - 251st[58]
QS Asian Rankings 161 111
HEC-Pakistan General Category 6 -

The Office of Sponsored Programmes and Research (OSPR) of LUMS is responsible for promoting research at the university. The office is led by Shafay Shamail (PhD, Bath).[59] Between 2010-2014, the university spend PKR 680 million (or about $6.5 million) in research. During this period about LUMS faculty published 1287 research papers and received 80 external grants.[60]

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 at LUMS by 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.[61]

The LUMS School of Science and Engineering has published in international journals in Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. In 2011 Basit Yameen of the LUMS School of Science and Engineering won the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for his work on pi-conjugated polymers.[61][62]

LUMS Biomechanics lab is the sixth International Cricket Council (ICC) accredited lab in the world.[63]

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[64]

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.


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