UCA Rector on Board
The University of Central Asia (UCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of its first Rector. Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi joined the University on August 2nd, and as part of his orientation will be visiting the University’s programmes and activities in the three Founding States of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan.
Prior to joining UCA, Prof. Naqvi was Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) for five years. Under his stewardship LUMS launched two new schools, multiple campus development, and other initiatives including the Centre for Entrepreneurship. Furthermore, LUMS’ research performance achieved global recognition, reflected in its improvement in the QS Asia University rankings from 190 in 2013 to 103 in 2018.
Prof. Naqvi was also the Executive Director of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of the Government of Pakistan for eight years. He oversaw the implementation of an ambitious portfolio of programmes which resulted in significant growth of research in Pakistan’s universities, and the quadrupling of student enrollment. He has extensive teaching, research, and entrepreneurial experience, both in the US and Pakistan, and has also been a consultant on higher education for the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. He was awarded the Order of ‘Palmes Académiques’ with rank of Chevalier, by the French Government, and Sitar-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan for his services to higher education.
Please join us in warmly welcoming Rector Sohail Naqvi to UCA.