Salim Habib University (formerly Barrett Hodgson University) is a private, chartered, not-for-profit institution established and financially supported by the Salim Habib Education Foundation in Karachi, Pakistan.

SHU as a new university is striving to accomplish two goals simultaneously, impart good knowledge to students for them to increase their earning potential and to let teachers enhance their pedagogical capabilities. Towards that end, SHU has established a Center of Learning & Teaching. The Center of Learning & Teaching (CLT) ensures that the teachers not only keep their acquired knowledge intact, they are also encouraged to enhance it to the best of their ability.

SHU firmly believes that students deserve the best possible knowledge coming from the teaching faculty. It has hired teachers based not only on their advanced degrees, it also expects them to enhance their teaching potential. Our CLT will fulfill this requirement. We have gone through the already established CLTs all over the world and gathered the kind of information that helps sustain these centers. These are the benefits below that we expect to derive from CLT established at SHU:

  1. Working with permanent and visiting faculty, departments, and co-curricular units to advance best practices in all aspects of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  2. Sharing knowledge of evidence-based, student-centered, and outcomes-guided pedagogy.
  3. Helping improve the quality of education; providing expertise and build collective knowledge in teaching and learning; and leveraging resources and opportunities for faculty enrichment.
  4. Promoting iterative experimentation and transformation across curriculum to enhance student learning and engagement.
  5. Supporting various teaching styles that recognize the diversity of learning, responding to the differences in teaching styles, and creating an inclusive learning environment.
  6. Bringing together and building dialogues with mutually beneficial partnerships and cross-functional teams.
  7. Recognizing and value teaching excellence; making high quality pedagogy visible; and rewarding faculty for their contributions to teaching and learning.

One of the functions of CLT is to receive feedback from the participants to incorporate changes in the pedagogical matter taught in the university. This feedback helps teachers to hone their skills all the time. CLT has developed a questionnaire that the participants fill out about the presentation made by the speaker.

An important aspect to enhance teaching skills is to establish contacts with and liaise with other CLTs who have specialized knowledge about enhancement of teaching skills. We strongly believe that substantial international engagement is an indispensable part of a first-rate undergraduate and graduate education providing diversity for our students. We anticipate that in the next five years the most successful higher education programs will be developed, having a global reach and that will be a period of increasing international engagement for SHU.

We have already established contacts with the Learning and Teaching Centre (L&TC) of Edge Hill University and expect to work with them to achieve our twin goals. By the same token, we will establish relationships with other teaching and learning centers to learn best practices from them and to provide our teachers the opportunity to interact with the international community of teachers.