IBA Karachi welcomes new students at the Orientation Gala 2023

16-19 August, 2023: The Office of Student Affairs (OSA), Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, organized the 'IBA Orientation Gala 2023 (OGala'23)' to welcome the new incoming batch of 2023.

This is the first time in IBA's history that a four-day orientation was organized. Around 1,600 people including new students and their parents, faculty, staff, and alumni attended the event.

Welcoming the new students at the IBA Karachi, Dr. S Akbar Zaidi said, "Welcome to a new world, one full of excitement, curiosity, and joy. The best four years of your life lie in front of you - make the most of this opportunity. While you study and learn, don't forget to enjoy yourself! Fortunately, at the IBA, there are far too many extracurricular activities to distract students from their studies."

Shedding light on the purpose of the event, Dean, Student Affairs, Ms. Maheen Ghauri shared, "The aim of the OGala'23 is to welcome you all to the IBA community, where you will explore both the Main and City campuses through campus tours, meet with faculty and staff from all three Schools, discover student support services and resources, engage in fun games and activities, and witness the entrepreneurial spirit of the IBA community through iShop, iVenture, and IBAzaar."

Orientation sessions were conducted by the School of Business Studies (SBS), School of Mathematics and Computer Science (SMCS), and School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS) where Dean SBS, Dr. Abdullah Z. Sheikh; Dean SMCS, Dr. Shakeel Ahmed Khoja; and Dean SESS, Dr. Asma Hyder; along with their respective chairpersons, briefed students about their academic programs and courses. Meet and Greet sessions were also organized by all three Schools, where deans, faculty, and program directors met with their respective new students and parents.

Students enjoyed a range of activities on all four days, participating in multiple games as well as the open mic event.

The Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), IBA, collaborated with the OSA at the OGala '23 and organized the iVenture and iShop launches. iShop is a student owned IBA merchandise shop and iVenture is an exhibition space for students to showcase and promote their businesses. An IBAzaar was also organized at the City Campus where 55 exhibits including eco-friendly initiatives, tech, fashion, health, and beauty startups were set up.

The OGala' 23 was co-sponsored by Pepsi Pakistan, Tapal Tea, Omore Pakistan, Shan Foods, Dipitt, and Hilal Foods. The 4-day event concluded with a Qawwali night by Majid Ali Sabri and his group.

The IBA students and staff had an engaging and diverse experience and students look forward to their future at the IBA.