We believe that one of the most rewarding goals of a liberal education is the thorough and conscious cultivation of an individuals’ powers of communication. Through education in the Liberal Arts, students are able to articulate the most complex ideas and theories, and can be blessed with an expansion of knowledge through engagement with likeminded students as well. At HU, we focus strongly on the enhancement and improvement of writing, speech, listening and reading. Skills such as these can only be developed through rigorous and intense engagement with a community of free thinking and learning, devoted to their further enhancement. To cater to this, several courses in the Liberal Core have been designed explicitly to help students form exemplary communication skills, and to develop our scholars’ presentation and interaction abilities.
After an examination of the current ratio of students to faculty in various popular institutes, Habib University decided to place special attention to the breakup in classes. Having a focused, engaged group of students has a significant place in the long term, which is why the ratio of 12:1 was drawn up. This means that, to each teaching faculty in a classroom, a total of twelve students at a time are assigned. This not only helps the teacher focus on the strengths and weaknesses of their students, but offers a stronger, more open forum of communication between the two components. Students who might be struggling in certain classes can receive the support they require, and catch up with their peers easily. Leading to an exclusive and immersive learning environment, students get a chance to interact and collaborate with both their teachers and peers. This also has the potential to help develop confidence and leadership skills among students to open up and express themselves in an environment where they can recognize their own growth, and flourish into future leaders. The faculty ratio allows for a more dialogical and equal distribution of the teacher’s attention as well, leading to a more direct circulation of knowledge between faculty and students.