“The worth of every human is in their yohsin,” says a quote by Imam Ali, the first Shia Imam, where yohsin translates to “thoughtful self-cultivation” and incorporates the notions of grace (husn), generosity (ehsaan) and excellence (ahsan). This concept of yohsin forms the philosophical premise on which Habib University’s mission is founded.
“Pakistan is among the worst countries in the world as far as higher education is concerned,” says Wasif Rizvi, President of Habib University. “We do poorly in all development indicators, and we are absolutely the worst in higher education, much worse than our primary and secondary education, which may be counterintuitive, but it’s logical when you think about it. If we start off so bad, it’s only going to get worse.”