What Makes a Good University

Dr. Shahid Mahmood

Year:    2003
Category:   Education Quality
Source:   EQ 2003 – Pakistan 1st National Conference on Quality Assurance in Education, Lahore
Publisher:   PIQC Institute of Quality

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Author’ Introduction:   

Dr. Shahid Mahmood is Professor of Education and Country Director, Academics & Planning at The Educators country-wide school network. He was Professor of Education at Institute of Leadership and Management ILM, a chartered institute, where he also served as Associate Dean Academic Planning and Quality Assurance and Coordinator Doctoral Programs. Before coming to this institute, was in the Corps of Education of Pakistan Army, performed instructional, research, and administrative assignments.

He received Ph.D in Education from the Institute of Education and Research (IER), University of the Punjab, Pakistan. The IER was established by Indiana University, USA in 1960. Now I am working on Post-doctoral research under the guidance of Prof. Duncan Waite, South West Texas (SWT) State University, and Prof. Donald Sharpes, Arizona State University. His area of teaching and research interests are organizational behavior, academic administration, quality assurance and education improvement.

He authored a book “On Education” and contributed nearly 32 published essays, referred articles, national and international conference papers. He has worked widely with international donor organizations, US international accreditation bodies, Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations, schools and universities throughout Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Sweden, and Denmark.


Ours is a time of fundamental changes. Higher education is in a state of rapid change everywhere in the world as the benefits of it to the social, economic, and cultural life of different communities are realized. In the contemporary context of change and challenge, reflection is also taking place on the nature and the purpose of our universities. This paper presents the current situation in relation to the challenges being faced by the faculty members of the universities in Pakistan. There are four interconnected critical points that this paper outlines: legitimacy of a university, expectations for faculty work, conceptions of faculty at work, and concern about the locus of control. Finally, a personal judgment is given in the spirit of considering how our universities can be sustained as economically, organizationally, and intellectually viable and attractive places for academic work.