IoBM City Center was established in September 2012, targeted at working people looking for career advancement. The location was carefully chosen, close to the intersection of Shaheed-i-Millat Road and Sharae Faisal, to make the center easily accessible. Twenty-four students took admission in the evening MBA program offered at the Center that year. In summer 2015, the campus reached full capacity with a student head count of over 300. A major objective of the Center was to forge close relationships with city-based business organizations and finance companies that could help in the development of programs and courses with increased experiential content. Two regular courses, Financial Management and Marketing Management have benefited from the initiative so far, based on the guidance and support of leading company executives.
A ‘Friends of the City Centre’ group was formed to drive this initiative forward, and develop the Centre into a focal point for serving the manpower development needs of the corporate sector. It is also intended to turn this group into a business policy think-tank, to facilitate regular dialogue between the business community, academia and policy makers. The City Centre is also currently running custom-designed training under the Government of Sindh Youth Development Program. The courses focus primarily on Accounting, Computer Science, and Communication Studies. Pre-engineering courses are also offered during morning hours, and students registered at the City Center can also take courses at the main campus to expedite the completion of their degree requirement.
The City Centre is supervised by a Management Committee, headed by the Rector. It includes the Dean, CBM and several departmental heads. This Committee is also responsible for the academic administration of the Center. The rapid growth of business interest in the Center, and growing student intake has encouraged us to invest in a 3,000 square yard plot of land close to the present location. Plans for a four-storied, state of the art building have been approved, and the construction is expected to commence in the latter part of the year 2016.