The university incorporates a liberal arts education with cultural sensitivity within its curriculum. It is mandatory for every student studying there to follow the liberal arts curriculum in all its offered courses. In addition to local regional languages, all students are required to study a liberal arts curriculum comprising sociology, history, philosophy – Western, Eastern and Islamic – and anthropology. The university terms this a “Habib Core Curriculum“ based on seven “Forms of Thought”. These include:
The university offers six majors including Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Social Development & Policy, Communication & Design and Comparative Liberal Studies. All classes are modeled after a tutorial system which includes small classes of 12 students.
The university has affiliations with Stanford University, Pitzer College, University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon University, LUMS, University of California, Berkeley, and Texas A&M University; allowing student’s to attend summer sessions at these universities. It has a student to teacher ratio of 12:1, and, as of 2016, has 1,000 full-time students. Its academic staff is led by Dr. Asif Farrukhi, the Dean of School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Interim Dean of School of Science and Engineering, Dr. Mohammad Shahid Sheikh. The university is regarded as among Pakistan’s most progressive education institute.