Imagine- Future Studies
This is a guest post submitted by Osama Khan. All views expressed in this article are of the contributor.
MISSION OF IMAGINE- FUTURES STUDIES DEPARTMENT:
As The First Institute of Futures Studies in a Pakistani University, IMAGINE aims to be the leading institute of futures studies to create an equitable, sustainable and humane world that interacts through empathy.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
― Buckminster Fuller (American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor, and futurist)
IQRA UNIVERSITY- FIRST UNIVERSITY OF PAKISTAN OFFERS FUTURES STUDIES AS A MANDATORY COURSE
As we progress in this ever-growing world of technology and innovation, we become more and more enlightened about what the future holds. Moreover, artificial intelligence and machine learning have also led us to determine the probable outcomes based on pattern learning and forecasting concepts. Thus, there is a constant need for a program designed for students willing to learn systematic ways of creating futuristic scenarios.
With the ever-increasing demand to fulfill sustainable development goals, researchers seek to adopt the conceptual learning of future studies. Iqra university is the only university in Pakistan that aims to produce future researchers for a course that talks about the multiple futures and how the current activities and goals can help achieve the desired outcomes. This course would allow the students to think outside the box and plan to strategize things whenever they move on to work for world-known organizations.
WHAT ARE WE OFFERING?
Iqra University offers a course Introduction to Futures Studies which leads the students to create a better future imagination in this world and enhance their knowledge and productivity by learning about emerging trends in politics, economy, technology, society, and the environment. With the 3I’s methodology, students develop their reflective, introspective, and creative skills.
Future Studies offer educational services, advice, and research partnerships to the public and private sectors, as well as to academics, democratic institutions, businesses, nonprofits, and non-profit organizations to facilitate information flow and scholarly publications. They further conduct seminars, webinars, workshops, and conferences to educate stakeholders on the conceptual frameworks, paradigms, approaches, procedures, tools, tactics, strategies, and skill sets for creating models of the future and journey maps to get there.
Iqra University is adamant about providing the desired skill set through our highly qualified faculty members. The Imagine department ensures the futures studies programs are up to the mark, and the students can be facilitated in the best way by learning quality tools and concepts for futures studies.
Imagine aims to make the students self-reliant by teaching them new ways to think and develop ideas that reek of innovation and enthusiasm. Moreover, by attaining the knowledge for future studies, IMAGINE enables students to strengthen their efforts to promote learning skills, gender, equality, youth participation, and inclusion for mutual collaboration and responsible global citizenship.