We live in an extremely exciting and highly challenging times. It is exciting due to newer and newer technologies being rapidly developed to enrich our lives by improving efficiencies, making our life simpler and more enjoyable. And it is challenging as we are faced with a large number of highly complex and multidisciplinary social, environmental and technical problems. In addition, there are complex and dangerous geopolitical situations, information overload and degradation of moral and ethical values. Under this backdrop, UIT arms its graduates with a set of tools (knowledge and skills) to be able to not only succeed but thrive in the world of today. UIT arms its graduate to solve and make connection between what they have learned and the problems being faced by the society.
To cope with complex and multidisciplinary problems UIT’s graduates will use the complexity reducing “Design Thinking” methodology along with the knowledge from multidisciplinary teaching. Problem/product based learning will help them to cope with the rapid changes in technology and reduced product lifecycles. To cope with new technologies that will come their way after graduation they will fall back on learning to learn skills. They will also rely on the ability to critically analyze large amounts of data to come up with innovative solutions and then be able to make rapid decisions as to which solution to use. To succeed in the new world order, they will call upon soft skills (contributes 75-80 % to success) in addition to hard skills (contributes 20-25% to success) including leadership and team work, confidence, communication, character building, citizenship, entrepreneurship and innovation skills. They will be sensitized about the hardships being faced by the underprivileged and the impact of our actions on the environment. This will help them to work towards improving the quality of life of the underserved sections of our society and to try to help arrest environmental degradation. While doing this, they will continue to uphold meritocracy, integrity, transparency and moral values in the face of degradation all around relying on the character building learning.
I welcome the fresh batch of 2017, and renew the pledge that UIT will continue serving the nation as it has been doing for over 22 years and continue the march towards attaining greater and greater heights. We continue to produce high caliber and productive graduates and continue to create knowledge that is useful for solving the problems being faced by Pakistan and the rest of the world. We are confident that the four years that the new students spend at UIT will be highly beneficial and memorable time of their lives.