About Us | GIFT University

About Us

GIFT University established in 2002 with the vision to bring about a visible change in the society by offering quality education to the youth of the Gujranwala division and also to become a leading educational institute of the region. Looking back at the year 2002 we see no university between Lahore and Islamabad region which can educate the young souls and prepare them to play their meaningful role in the development and progress of the industry. GIFT university takes pride to be the first university in the region and is now the BEST University of this region with W4 ranking and recognition from HEC. GIFT University also takes pride to be the only chartered university of Gujranwala.

Gujranwala division is one of the major industrial hubs of Pakistan which requires talented and professionally trained human resource to meet the challenges and expectations of modern world consumers. GIFT University maintains a close liaison with the industry including the Gujranwala Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Gujranwala Business Center, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, SMEDA, NPO and a number of other organizations. By actively engaging with the industry, GIFT University CRD (Corporate Relations Department) aids students in enlisting for internships or getting job placements to get practical experience.

GIFT University with a mission to provide international standard education to the youth of this region has provided modern world facilities, internationally experienced faculty, and best infrastructure to ensure the quality of education for the youth and young professionals of this region.

 

Who we are?

We are Gujranwala’s premium university offering a variety of Associate, Under Graduate, Graduate and Postgraduate Degree Programmes- that pretty much sums up who we are but that’s just where the story starts.

 

What do we do?

Our purpose to exist is what describes us in totality. It is to help young professionals convert knowledge into practise so that they can add to the society as quality professionals and noble human beings.

 

How we do it?

Every programme that we offer makes our professionals not only learn theory but also asks them to practise the theory by making projects or perform other practical activities. The course design for every programme is mixed with practical and up to date information about the respective industry and our teaching style is also designed more like professional trainings. If you are wondering why we mentioned professionals instead of students in the first sentence then we appreciate your curiosity. Reason being that at GIFT University we consider our students as professionals from day one. We believe any applicant who enrols with us is about to start his/her professional life and it is our responsibility to value their opinions and ideas as well as train them for success.

The professional world rewards specialisation and this is why GIFT University has created Schools for each industry that we deal with. Each of our Schools offer specialised knowledge, facilities and expertise for every programme on offer. There are four Schools at GIFT University which includes School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, School of Fine Arts, Design & Architecture and GIFT Business School. Each of our School is equipped with specialised facilities that add practical experience to the programme on offer.

The right mix of practical and theoretical knowledge is what we offer through any of our courses across our Schools. The campus, curriculum, faculty, method of teaching and examination hence every aspect of the University is defined and designed to ensure it is of practical value. Some examples that better explain our focus on practicality include:

  • Having our business professionals work on real business problems faced by real companies (Case Method of Study) so that they know what waits for them in the professional world
  • Having our Computer Sciences professionals develop projects for various leading companies
  • Getting our professionals involved with industrial projects
  • Offering the Professional Development Programme to our students to help them perform better during job interviews
  • Working in a close relationship with the Chambers of Commerce, NPO, Small Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA) and Gujranwala Business Centre- this has not only helped our graduates secure internships but has also helped our Corporate Relationships Department guide our young professionals to better jobs.

In addition to converting knowledge into practice and producing successful professionals we value the talent & academic performance of the students and since 2012, on average 53% of our graduates receive one of our many performance based scholarships on a yearly basis.

At GIFT University we believe that our graduates not only outshine in professional corporate world but also play their role in the betterment of the community. Social Integration Program (SIP) initiated at GIFT University is aimed to impart social and ethical values of our culture and religion in the minds of young professionals of the region.

With numerous GIFT alumni placed at leading organizations, nationally and internationally and being awarded the W4 Ranking by HEC, we believe there are many milestones awaiting in the future for us and the people of Pakistan if we do our bit to educate this nation.

Vision

To bring about a change in society by becoming a leading educational and research institution that utilizes the latest technology and provides intellectually stimulating, professionally relevant and progressive and innovative education that is consistent with our national values and is accessible to all.

 

Mission

  • Employ highly qualified faculty with established research credentials
  • Hire competent and professional administrative staff
  • Ensure quality intake of students
  • Utilize the latest technology in teaching, research and administration
  • Provide adequate infrastructure and facilities for teaching and learning
  • Establish linkages with industry and collaborate with national and international institutions
  • Provide state of the art library, computer laboratories and other research resources
  • Develop professionally relevant and updated curricula recognized at national and international levels
  • Create conducive research environment
  • Set up mechanisms and policies to ensure sustainable growth
  • Reinforce ethical and national values
  • Provide scholarships and financial assistance based on need and merit
  • Adopt established and innovative pedagogical practices leading to independent and life-long learning
  • Produce graduates with strong analytical skills
  • Establish support systems for job placement of graduates
 

Values

The university adheres to and promotes the following core values;

  • Uphold Islamic values of human dignity, equality, social justice, fairness and ethical conduct resulting in an educational institution that provides equal opportunity for all and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, caste, colour, creed or financial status
  • Practice professionalism, transparency and accountability
  • Strive for the highest standards of scholarship
  • Implement consultative decision-making

 

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you on behalf of the entire GIFT University fraternity and thank you for your interest in our institution. I hope the information provided throughout our website will give you a thorough overview of GIFT and what it is like to be a part of this institute as a student or as a faculty or staff member. However, if you need further information please know that my doors are always open for you. I would like to take this opportunity to address the most important individuals in the education system, the students. This includes our existing student body at GIFT and especially the new applicants who are in process of choosing an institute for themselves. To all of you my message is to treat yourself as professionals from the day you decide to go for higher education. No matter what career you want, the education you seek is most useful when taken as a professional training than just another degree. As a professional you need to understand what your purpose is at work, why are you there? And if you are there then how can you apply knowledge in real life situations for practical purposes? To know your purpose it is important to decide what profession you would like to choose and then go for the education you require for it. In order to practise knowledge you will require a good balance of practical and theoretical knowledge at work. I can assure you that we will help you with all of that, finding your purpose and learning how to practise knowledge for success.

The world we live in changes every second, thanks to technology and almost every action we take gives us an instant results. This heightened practicality is why we focus on a healthy mix of practical and theoretical knowledge. All our courses offer practical information and activities so that our graduates can easily become a useful part of a professional team at their intended organisation from the very first day. Our faculty which includes local and foreign qualified staff has designed the course contents and their teaching methods to be as practical as they can be. We will not test you for bookish knowledge but we will test you for how you can apply knowledge practically. The entire university, the facilities, staff and faculty is at your disposal to make the most out of it. I would like to urge you to question what you really want to be and where your heart is when choosing a profession, since you will be at it almost every day of your life. Once you have your answer, I believe together we will find a way to face the challenges ahead of us and have fun facing them. I wish you all the best for the future and you can always come to my office for a quick chat.

Muhammad Anwar Dar
Chairman GIFT University

GIFT University provides high quality education aimed to develop inspirational professionals, business leaders and successful entrepreneurs. We have internationally qualified and best faculty in the region, supported by modern facilities for teaching and learning. The University is also actively pursuing linkages with prestigious local and international institutions to facilitate academics and careers of our students and graduates.

With the highest number of degree programs offered in the region, the university provides excellent options for the students to pursue learning and careers of their choice. The International Affairs and Industry Relations Offices at GIFT University provide active support to our students and graduates in international exchanges, admission for higher degrees in leading foreign universities, career placements with leading local and multinational organizations.

Furthermore, the University offers quality campus life, wide range of co-curricular activities, sports and cultural events to the students. GIFT University has safe and green environment; installed modern purification plant to provide clean drinkable water across the campus. The university also operates a large fleet of air-conditioned coaches to provide affordable, convenient and safe daily transport to the students.

We look forward to welcoming you to the GIFT University family.

Dr. Faheem ul Islam
Rector

With a clear focus on developing professionals possessing the right mix of practical and theoretical knowledge, our Corporate Relationship Department ensures our talent finds its right place in the market. For our students it means that they have open access to a network of professionals across a variety of industries and can access job leads or internships. As a specialised department that maintains contact with the corporate sector that includes multi-national and national corporations the CRD helps our graduates in the following areas:

 

Landing a job or finding an internship via the Alumni Network

An important initiative of the CRD has been to put in place an online network of professionals including GIFT Alumni who can inform existing students about job openings and better prepare them for career openings at their respective organisations. Having a pool of Alumni across Pakistan strengthens our CRD department that eventually benefits our students the most.

Internships are a regular feature of all our programmes, the CRD arranges internships for students during their respective programmes which helps them gain invaluable professional experience. The CRD also serves as a career counselling body for students who want advice regarding their career.

 

Professional Development Programme

CRD conducts the Professional Development Programme at GIFT, a one week professional training which helps all students completing a Master’s programme better their soft skills like communication abilities e.g. interview skills, language skills and develop a professional outlook. A number of guests from the industry join in during this one week and it is often that employment opportunities are exchanged with our students. The programme also ensures that students have a well written CV along with a cover letter that is right for the job they are looking for.

 

Industrial Projects

GIFT University greatly emphasises on applying theoretical knowledge in real life situations. As an ongoing initiative our CRD helps proposing industry focused projects to the students as a part of all of their programmes. Students work in teams to solve specific challenges faced by an organisation where they work side by side with industry professionals. These projects sharpen the students’ abilities in applying theoretical models to practical business problems.

 

Industrial & Recreational Trips

In addition to taking up industrial projects, industrial trips are also organised. These trips help the students get a first-hand view of how the industry operates on a day-to-day basis. These recreational trips are a great way to take a break from the study routine.

Learning is not just about reading books, it is also about engaging in activities that bring out the creative side of students. Extracurricular activities are regularly held on campus and these activities come to life with the active support of students and participants. These include sports, drama, debates, public speaking, music, recreation trips poetry and special interest clubs. These extracurricular activities help the students express their creative side.

 

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The Social Integration Program-previously known as the Social Internship Program (SIP) of the GIFT University Gujranwala emphasizes the value of service with others, rather than the commonly accepted concept of service to others. The goal is to create "better communities" in the Region by encouraging students to serve their communities. The program also aims to promote active citizenship by making social action a fundamental part of every student’s life. The program is currently conceived as 3 credit hour program for all undergraduate associate degree programs students. This program establishes its linkage with our National Education Policy-2009 that recognizes the community services as “Social Sector Industry” and is aligned with the HEC’s Social Integration Outreach Program.

 

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To be a professional you need to train like a professional and to train like a professional you need professional facilities. By keeping this logical order in mind, we’ve developed our facilities to provide you with an environment closet to the professional world. Being up- to-date with technology and being a step ahead when it comes to accessing technology is of key importance to us. Each of our Schools is equipped with purpose-built facilities that best serve the programmes they offer. Below are some of the features that explain how we provide you with a modern professional environment at GIFT:

 

Advanced Lecture Theatres

Starting with your lectures, GIFT University uses modern day teaching aids to make the learning experience more interactive and rewarding. For example, our tutors will often browse online for the latest information during their lectures so that what one learns is not just confined to the books. Our lecture theatres are designed to be comfortable and resourceful with whiteboards, projection screens, microphones, video projectors and Internet being readily available.

 

IT and Computing Facilities

We regularly update our systems to keep abreast of changing technology so that students and staff can access information faster and more efficiently. The campus is equipped with seven computer labs outfitted with the latest computers. Facilities available include high speed Internet, email, file storage space, library databases and high-quality printing services. The presence of wireless networks on campus enable students to stay connected to information services whether they are in one place or on the go.

 

Resourceful Library

An ever expanding library gives student’s access to reading material other than course books. This includes books on a variety of subjects from the leading international authors, journals, case studies and research publications that helps students tap into a wealth of knowledge.

 

Digital Library

In addition to the traditional library, our digital library helps keep students connected with the most up-to-date journals and helps them conduct better research. With over 26,000 digital books, numerous case studies, journals and academic videos, the digital library is very useful for the tech savvy generation.

 

Student Information System on Mobile App

In our efforts to be the most technologically advanced University in Pakistan we have become the first University to introduce Android and IOS-based Mobile App providing:

1. Ease of access to parents and students

2. Semester registration through mobile phone

3. Accessibility of records like attendance, results, fee statement, timetable, date sheets for parents and students

4. Quick notification about events, important dates and functions

5. Quick availability of information about the offered programmes, scholarships, facilities, resources and faculty etc.

 

Below are some of our additional facilities that support us in our efforts to provide a conducive and professional environment to our students:

 

Cafeteria

The cafeteria is a hotspot that attracts students as well as faculty members. It’s the place to go when you want to unwind, relax with friends, share the latest gossip and enjoy quality snacks. The quality of food served in the cafeteria is strictly monitored to ensure that it confirms to quality and hygiene standards.

 

Seminar Hall

The seminar hall is a great place for gatherings of up to 125 people. It stays active throughout the year hosting seminars, small events, conferences and other curricular and extra-curricular activities. The hall is equipped with modern audio-visual aids including multimedia projector, projection screen and voice transmission and recording facilities.

 

Discussion Rooms

Teamwork is greatly emphasized at GIFT and is a major component of various subjects. Students have to work on various assignments and projects as a team. The University therefore actively supports and facilitates group discussions. Several discussion rooms are available on campus to help students put their heads together and engage one another in discussions.

 

Spacious Accommodation for Students

GIFT University has made adequate arrangements for the benefit of students coming from other cities. The University has separate hostels for boys and girls that are equipped with modern facilities such as laundry rooms, kitchens, TV lounges, dining facilities and common rooms.

 

Common Room for Girls

The girls’ common room is a private space reserved for female students. The warm and cosy environment of the common room gives them the perfect setting to engage in small talk or just take a break from lectures.

 

Resource Centre

The resource centre aims to be a one stop shop where students and staff alike can avail all kinds of additional facilities and study resources. The Resource Centre is a great place to get textbooks, stationery items, photocopy facilities, computer accessories, GIFT souvenirs, book binding services and other everyday items.

 

Spacious Mosque

A mosque is available on campus to cater to the religious obligations of students and staff alike. Prayers are regularly offered five times a day under the supervision of an Imam.

 

Transportation Facilities

For the convenience of students and staff, GIFT University has a fleet of air-conditioned buses that operate on different routes in Gujranwala and within its surrounding cities. The buses provide safe and secure transportation facility and follow strict schedules to ensure timely pick and drop services.

 

Power House

GIFT University has invested heavily in a backup system to avoid any power breakdowns by installing our own power house that ensures uninterrupted supply of power 24 hours a day.

 

ATM at GIFT

For the convenience of both faculty and students an ATM machine is available within the GIFT University Campus.

 

Centrally Air-Conditioned Campus

Our campus is centrally air-conditioned to beat Gujranwala’s heat and help our students learn in a comfortable environment.

 

Student’s Corner

Student’s corner is a unique project of its kind. Students learn from real life business challenges during their education. The project is conceived to give students confidence and the courage to become further business leaders.

 

 

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