Pakistan's Institute of Business Administration (IBA) today became the Virtual Institute's 60th core university member, and the 124th institution in UNCTAD's programme for academic cooperation.
The membership was the initiative of IBA's Aadil Nakhoda, who participated in the second edition of the Vi online course on non-tariff measures, and recently graduated at the very top of the third edition of the Vi online course on trade and poverty.
Established in 1955 in the city of Karachi, IBA aims to be among the best learning institutions in Pakistan, recognized for developing potential leaders, nurturing a vibrant community of scholars and practitioners, generating innovative ideas, and promoting creative solutions that address the needs of the country and the region.
The Institute offers Bachelor's programmes in economics and mathematics, and in business administration, as well as Master's degrees in economics and in business administration, and a PhD in economics. On offer is also a post-graduate diploma in supply chain management. International trade and development economics feature prominently among the courses taught to IBA's undergraduate and graduate students.
To encourage research by faculty and students, IBA has established the Centre of Business and Economics Research. The Centre provides research grants, publishes the IBA Working Paper Series, and organizes seminars, conferences and research collaborations with educational and governmental institutions. Among the research areas covered are international trade and development economics, particularly gender issues, regional trade integration, poverty alleviation in urban areas, and the impact of climate change. One major research project is part of the World Bank’s Competitiveness Initiative. Other projects relate to growth potential, consumer confidence index, impact of climate change on migration in Pakistan, and trade links in emerging markets. 
The Vi will cooperate with the Faculty of Business Administration, in particular its Department of Economics and Finance.
Leading the cooperation as Vi member coordinator is Nakhoda, Associate Professor, and holder of a PhD in international economics He teaches international trade and development economics at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and his recent research focuses on financial markets in developing countries, the impact of exports of BRICS countries and Turkey on the exports of Pakistan, as well as bank competition and export diversification.
He will receive support from colleague Khadija Bari, Chairperson of the Department of Economics and Finance. Holder of a Doctorate in business administration, she teaches introduction to economics, principles of microeconomics, and analysis of Pakistani industries. Her recent research relates to gender issues, and competitiveness of the textile industry of Pakistan.
IBA is ready to provide facilities to hold trainings in Pakistan, as well as contribute the expertise of its staff and their data sources to the Vi network. For instance, they are currently collecting data for the consumer confidence index and the business confidence index, and are open to sharing the resulting database with other Vi members conducting research on developing countries.
They expect that Vi membership will provide them networking opportunities in both teaching and research. IBA also wishes to enrich its teaching by adding more up-to-date case studies from the Vi and the network, creating localized teaching materials, and developing programmes for workshops for academic and government audiences in cooperation with the Vi. 
For more information, visit the university profile on the Vi website.