The Asian Conclave on Doctoral Programs (ACDOC) 2017) organized by UMT in collaboration with National Business Education Accreditation Council (NBEAC) is being held today at Serena Hotel, Islamabad. Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad, Chairperson NBEAC and Rector UMT, gave the welcome speech during the inaugural session.
He apprised the participants with scope and objectives of ACDOC 2017 and emphasized that business schools have common stake to uplift quality of doctoral program across the board. The success of these programs, however, needs collaborative and synergetic efforts. Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad shared example of North American Universities in breaking the silos and joining hands with each other for promoting quality of research and doctoral programs in the country. He reiterated that it was time for synergizing efforts because it is a mutual stake; and schools should come out of institutional boundarie,s and appreciate and support doctoral students from other schools in Pakistan.
Dr Murad also emphasized the importance and significance of organizing research conferences for providing a platform for collaboration and developing scholarly networks cannot be over emphasized. On another note, he underscored that not just business schools, but industry is also a key stakeholder of doctoral program. Success of doctoral program is critical for their success, and therefore there is dire need to improve linkages between academicians and industry and reorient focus of business schools from pure academic research to applied research. In the end, Dr. Hasan Murad shared his expectations from ACDOC 2017. The platform is envisaged to bring together directors of doctoral programs and deans of business schools to share their experience and develop a cohesive strategy to contribute towards sustainability and success of doctoral programs
Earlier, Dr Shahid Amjad Chaudhry, Chairperson, Association of Management Development Institutions in Pakistan, gave the inaugural speech. He highlighted repercussions of recent happening on global fronts, including Brexit and rise of right wing politics in leading countries of the world, for Asian economies, in general and Asian business schools, in particular. He also underscored that road map of doctoral programs is over complicated in Pakistan, posing challenges to sustainability of these programs. He concluded his speech with note of thanks and appreciation for Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad for arranging this thought provoking platform