Ziauddin University is an evolving, research oriented private sector university of Pakistan, named fondly after Dr. Sir Ziauddin Ahmed who was the longest serving Vice Chancellor and Rector of Aligarh Muslim University (1935-1947). Dr Ziauddin was an exceptional person, a Mathematician par excellence, an illustrious Educationist and a strong advocate for social, educational and political development of the Muslims of Indo Pakistan subcontinent.
He was a close associate of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and Quaid - e - Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He accepted the office secretaryship of All India Muslim League in Central Assembly in 1938 and also rendered his services to Quaid-e- Azam as advisor on educational matters. He left an incredible mark on our educational system and our nation owes him a great deal.
Dr Ziauddin’s daughter Dr. Ajaz Fatima and son-in-law Dr.Tajammul Hussain laid the foundation of a small medical facility in Karachi, which later grew into Ziauddin University.
In 1994, through Sindh Government Ordinance No XVII, Dr. Ziauddin Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences was established which developed into Ziauddin Medical University in 1995 by Sindh Assembly Act No VI of 1995. In 2005 Ziauddin Medical University was given the charter as Ziauddin University Vide Amendment ACT 2003 dated 2005.
Ziauddin University offers a large number of high quality undergraduate, graduate, master and doctorate level academic programs. At the outset, the focus was more towards Health and Allied Health Sciences but after becoming a general university, it has expanded itself in diverse fields of learning. ZU offers degree programs in Medicine, Dental Sciences, Pharmacy, Bio-Medical Engineering, Allied Health Sciences, Media and Communications studies, Physical Therapy, Nursing and Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences.
All the academic programs of ZU are accredited by the respective professional accrediting bodies and by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. (For details please visit the website www.zu.edu.pk)
Ziauddin University has a well developed administrative structure and its various statutory bodies meet regularly and actively play their role in decision making processes of the university.
All the academic programs of ZU pursue semester system except for the MBBS & BDS programs that follow a hybrid semester system with initial years having basic science courses spread over semesters and evaluated likewise while Clinical disciplines are assessed annually in the latter part of both the programs.
Ziauddin University has become a popular choice among keen learners and high achievers because of it’s:
With the premises free from all types of political activities, Ziauddin University provides a very safe and conducive learning environment for students. A favorable teacher student ratio and a student centered approach facilitate active learning. Rich curricular and co curricular activities contribute in developing a sense of camaraderie among the students.
Innovative and updated teaching/ learning methods are practiced in ZU. Traditional teaching methods are being gradually replaced with small group, interactive and hands on learning with emphasis on Problem based learning. Students are expected to build upon their prior knowledge and skills and are guided to develop concepts, think critically, and apply and evaluate what they have learned.
All the institutions of ZU are equipped with stimulating educational materials for the students where they have opportunities to interact directly with the learning resources. ZU has a well stocked library, very vibrant clinical skills lab, laboratories, three tertiary care hospitals, a television channel and a FM Radio station as some of the facilities to nurture inquisitive minds.
With the help of highly qualified, trained and experienced faculty, students of ZU experience continuous remodeling of their learning habits. Student counseling and/or mentoring services are accessible in all the academic programs. Student guide books are available that direct the students to their curricular content and academic schedule. ZU website also caters to the student body by being student friendly and having a separate link for students.
A centralized Examination Department ensures fair and continuous assessment of students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes at Ziauddin University. Item banking and multiple assessment tools are used to make each examination reliable and challenging.
Ziauddin University has always accepted the responsibility to contribute directly to the development of the society in which it is embedded.
Ziauddin Sikanderabad Community Partnership, a project of Ziauddin University won second place in the coveted MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship by the Talloires Network, Tufts University, USA for the year 2016. This long-standing program with deep roots in the community has a primary focus on providing holistic family medicine and empowering the community to contribute to their own welfare. Students from faculties of medicine, dental, physiotherapy and pharmacy of Ziauddin University are working in the center providing primary health care to the community.
Research is promoted at every level. Students as well as faculty members are encouraged to contribute to the pool of human knowledge. A good number of original research articles are added by the prodigies working in different fields of learning at ZU.
Ziauddin University shares its pool of academic research with the rest of the world by means of three peer reviewed academic research journals:
- Pakistan Journal of Medicine and Dentistry
- Pakistan Journal of Rehabilitation
- Journal of Nursing
From the time of student intake till the time of final assessment, Ziauddin University has well defined quality assurance procedures that are aligned to maintain and further improve the quality of its programs. All activities related to student’s e.g admission process, learning courses, are regularly evaluated and the feedback received is used for their future enrichment.
Far from the hustle and bustle of a metropolitan city, Ziauddin University is located in the calm, serene area of Clifton, Karachi. Anxious parents and students interested in pursuing serious studies find this location a safe haven for learning.
Some institutions of ZU are very conveniently placed in North Nazimabad, Karachi, catering to a large population of its catchment locale. A tertiary care hospital facility is also located in Kemari, dockyard area of Karachi, and provides health services to its surrounding middle to low income populace.