Engagement with Industry and the community
Rewarding educational experience and path to a rewarding career
Education is transformative in the lives of individuals and communities. Among other indices, School should be measured by the quality of their graduates regardless of social, economic or educational backgrounds at the point of enrolment, and by the life-long contributions of their graduates. TSA’s educational environment must encourage students to make the most of their natural abilities and to contribute to the world as influential graduates. Among other strategies we have established the TSA Career Development Centre (CDC) to help identify and foster undergraduate students with high abilities, including their potential as first rank financial professionals.
We promote a culture of teaching excellence through student-centred, innovative and future-focused learning environments. We seek out and support staff with good ethical and other personal qualities, to be scholarly, evidence-based and collaborative in the improvement of their practice. We align teaching policies, practices and systems. The commitment of TSA staff to the success of our students will be recognized and rewarded internally and externally on the basis of empirically contestable outcomes.
TSA will prepare work-ready graduates who are in strong demand by employers and will deepen and broaden connections with alumni and employers. We will provide an internationalized curriculum, with best practice pedagogy, systems, processes and campus facilities, drawing on proven international examples that contribute to the development of cross-cultural understanding and career flexibility. We will continue to attract students, and promote a vibrant, interactive campus experience that builds connections between students with other students and with staff, and with the community. As a research-intensive school our career development program will be enhanced by research-informed teaching and by a high-quality, student-focused learning experience. Transformational education builds students’ self-confidence, employability, and capacity to apply their skills and knowledge to a range of contexts.
The year 2018 saw Tabani’s School of Accountancy (TSA) mark an important milestone as it celebrated the 20th anniversary of its founding. This moment provided all at TSA the opportunity to reflect on our continued evolution as a great and influential institution in our region, the nation and beyond.
This statement is a summary of our history and the challenges we face in the future. It weighs our performance and sets directions for at least the next decade. It reinforces putting students and innovative teaching practices at the centre of what we do. It reflects our contemporary emergence as a powerful and respected professional education institution.
Responses to the 2020 wider consultation within the TSA community confirmed a number of key principles that should underpin future directions.
First and foremost, we must build on our momentum – do what we do better and accentuate our distinguishing characteristics. We must continue to improve our research performance, build on our student-centred practices and enhance the contribution that teaching and research makes to the community. We must eschew practices and investments that are inconsistent with this.
Several core principles were agreed upon through the TSA 2020 strategy:
• Placing students at the centre of educational activities to ensure that programs, processes and campuses are responsive to student needs;
• Delivering an excellent educational experience that allows students to develop their potential and become influential graduates;
• Broadening and deepening research areas of iexcellence and achieving benchmarked performance and impact in these areas;
• Continuing to focus and grow our campuses; and
• Deepening engagement with the Financial Services Sectors. These principles support five high-level goals:
• To provide an excellent educational experience to attract and retain students who, regardless of their background, will succeed at school and become graduates of influence;
• To continuously improve our research performance and, through our research, deliver social dividends;
• To attract and retain excellent staff who, through their teaching, research and professional support, will positively contribute to TSA’s development as a school of influence;
• To be a sustainable school; and
• To enhance our engagement with the financial services sectors, consolidating our reputation as one of Pakistan’s most engaged school.
TSA will be reviewing all underlying plans encompassing academic, research and operational aspects of the school to ensure consistency with the aspirations stated above. To achieve these we must be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable in an intensely competitive globalized higher education market. The school will embed the principles of sustainability across all elements: governance, career development, teaching and learning, research, community engagement and campus operations.
Over the coming decade the school will consolidate its position as an influential institution. We will focus on existing areas of strength and achieving core outcomes: a high quality student experience through innovative teaching practices; a profound commitment to equity; emergence as a powerful and respected career development institution; and an enduring commitment to engagement with local communities, with business and with the region through our research and teaching.
Our programs will be responsive to student needs and enable them to lead fulfilling lives while making a contribution to a better world. Our many research areas of excellence will continue to achieve high levels of performance and impacts as measured against recognized benchmarks.
TSA alumni have carved out notable successes in a range of industry sectors both nationally and internationally. From accountancy, business and computing to design, law and media, these distinguished alumni are a testament to the quality of education which the school has provided over two decades.
In a rapidly evolving global market-place, the need for an agile response to changing conditions has never been more imperative. The school’s core career development commitment is the development of its learners for successful careers and empowered lives in society. The strategic objectives cover core areas of performance including engagement with industry and the community; e-learning; research and development; financial planning; human resources and educational support services.