Dr Anjum Halai

Vice Provost and Dean Faculty of Arts and Sciences​​​

Professor Anjum Halai's appointment as Vice Provost (Asia and UK) became effective in November 2018. Working with deans and other academic leaders she is responsible to develop and operationalize strategies to achieve the academic plans and programmes within her geographic domain.  Her office serves as a catalyst, facilitating collaboration among the academic entities, and interdisciplinary cross-campus initiatives.  She promotes collaborations with the Aga Khan Development Network agencies and other university partners to achieve institutional goals. 

As Dean Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Professor Halai is leading the development of academic programmes, financial plans and space plans for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Pakistan.​

Professor Halai chairs the University Research Council that provides strategic oversight in research governance and drives the development of policies and procedures to undertake research with ethics and integrity.​

Professor Halai has substantial experience of teaching at graduate and postgraduate levels and a strong track record of research and publications. Her research interests are in social justice issues in education especially for learners marginalized on the basis of gender and language. She also has a sustained interest in mathematics teacher education. On the basis of her significant contribution to the field of mathematics education in low-income-countries, she has been elected as the Vice President (2021-24) in the globally influential Executive Committee of the International Commission of Mathematical Instruction https://www.mathunion.org/icmi/icmi-executive-committee-2021-2024​.

She has led large international research projects including: the EdQual project with Bristol University UK; the ESRC/UNICEF sponsored 'Education and Social Cohesion in Pakistan' with Sussex University UK; and the Canadian SSHRC sponsored project in mathematics education with University of Alberta Canada (SSHRC Award 890-210-0027). With Oxford University UK, she led in Tanzania the prestigious ESRC/DFID funded 'Assessment for Learning in Africa' (Grant Ref: ES/N010515/1).

She studied applied and pure mathematics in her undergraduate programme. She received her M.Ed., (Education) from the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development Pakistan, and D.Phil (doctorate) in Education from Oxford University UK.

Dr Halai joined the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development Pakistan in June 1998. She has served in positions of senior leadership at the Institute for Educational Development-East Africa in Tanzania (Sep 2009- Oct 2016) and subsequently as Associate Vice Provost (Research and Graduate Studies).​