Dr. Munawar Sultana Mirza graduated (BA) and then earned her (MA) Education from Punjab University, Lahore. She then did her Post Doctorate in Education from USA in 1975. She taught at University of Lahore as lecturer, assistant professor and professor from 1968 to 2006. Now she is the Vice Chancellor of The University of Education. She was awarded honorary Doctorate ‘Degree of Doctor of Letters’ (DLitt) in June 2010 by University of Glasgow, UK.
Dr. Sultana has professional experience of more than 42 years of teaching, research, administration and leadership at various university positions. Conceptualizing and establishing new institutions at universities and outside is an important feature of her professional career.
At Punjab University, she established the Department of Gender Studies, Centre for English Language Teaching and Linguistics, Department of Educational Research and Assessment, Department of ECE, and Centre for Career Counselling and Placement. Up gradation and development of existing physical and human resources has remained on equal priority level.
She was one of the four member team to develop the concept paper of UE Multi-plex tasks as VC, UE are difficult to be capsulized but included conceptualizing, realizing, supporting and acquiring funds for all University activities, establishing national / international linkages and institutional image building. Added to it was the rich and diversified experience of working as consultant with national / international organizations for institutional development and research.
Dr. Sultana is member of various national and international educational bodies and committees which provided her multidimensional opportunities to contribute towards development and quality enhancement of education.
Using inward-outward looking approach, Dr. Sultana adopted a number of strategies to stabilize and develop the University of Education. Within University the focus was on regularizing its functioning, strengthening university bodies, expansion and quality assurance of its academic programs, promotion of research culture, faculty development, infrastructure development, and providing technology enriched environment for teaching learning and other administrative functioning.
Her outward approach started from trust building of the stakeholders and extended to seeking their participation, engagement, and support in developing the University. Linkages with the world of work and foreign universities also remained for her a priority area. Sustainability of all reforms and interventions was ensured through institutional set-ups, faculty/staff participation, documentation and dissemination. Some of her accomplishments to mention are:
Doctor of Letters (DLit) Hon. University of Glasgow, UK, 2010; Doctorate in Education, University of Georgia, USA, 1975; Major in Adult Education with courses in Continuing and Distance Education; MA Education with distinction, University of the Punjab, 1968; UNESCO Jan Amos Comenius Award, 2004; Izaz-e-Fazeelat, Presidential Award of academic distinction, 1999; Fatima Jinnah Medal, Government of Punjab, 2006; Best University Teacher Award 2002, HEC; Best Teacher Award, University of the Punjab, 2006;
Scholarships: Merit scholarships in Matric, FA and BA; Millennium Life Time Award, South Asia Publications, 2006; Star Award, South Asia Publications, 2004.
Dr. Sultana wrote many books and research articles which were also published in many journals.