Bootstrapping a University – the case of Virtual University of Pakistan
Forthcoming Article
Authors: Naveed Malik
DOI: 10.1615/IntJInnovOnlineEdu.2017021169

Faced with a growing young population and having limited capacity in its conventional universities, Pakistan had to think of out-of-the-box solutions. A compounding factor was the acute shortage of qualified faculty. A virtual university was considered as one way of supplementing the capacity of conventional universities while alleviating the problems of faculty shortage in existing institutions. The project was launched in 2002 and within a short period of just over a decade, the Virtual University of Pakistan has become one of the largest national universities and along the way, has notched up an impressive list of innovative approaches to tertiary education.

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