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SPECIALISTS IN EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Over 10 year’s experience in Pakistan and over 1000 graduates or enrolments on our courses; CILT’s expertise can help you attain your goals as an innovative teacher in medical and higher education.

OUR MISSION

Provide high-quality, internationally recognized educational training to professional medical and university teachers for a positive impact on the economic and social development of Pakistan

Formation of CILT

  • Dr Janet Strivens and Dr Ian Willis (faculty of the University of Liverpool, UK) have been actively engaged in medical education in Punjab since 2009
  • Professor Arif Khawaja coordinated the successful bid for a British Council – HEC grant to 2011 to ‘Enhance Learning and Teaching in Medical Education in Punjab’. This was a three-year project
  • CILT was formed in 2018 as an independent organisation to offer the improved ICMT course
  • CILT entered a partnership with Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University, Islamabad in 2019 to offer a fuller ranger of courses in medical and higher education, including the International Certificate in University Teaching (ICUT)
  • The aim is to offer ICMT and ICUT throughout Pakistan and internationally
  • Application for international accreditation for ICMT is underway

Courses

ICMT

International Certificate in Medical teaching. ICMT exists to help improve learning and teaching in medical education in Pakistan. To help you find the hidden teacher within. We have been on this mission for 10 years: local medical Educators.

ICUT

International Certificate in University Teaching ICUT extends the CILT vision to all higher education in Pakistan. To help improve learning and teaching. To help you find the hidden teacher within. Again, it is active learning and practical ways.

Cities

We deliver courses in eleven cities of Punjab

Will your city be next?

We travel to your doorstep

  • Lahore
  • Islamabad
  • Faisalabad
  • Rawalpindi
  • Sialkot
  • Lodhran
  • Rahim Yar Khan
  • Sahiwal
  • Muzaffarabad
  • Bahawalpur
  • Multan

Our Achievements

10
Years

of enhancing teaching in medical and higher education in Pakistan

1000+ lecturers

enrolled or graduated from ICMT/CMT/ICUT

12 International Publications

and international conference presentations

30+ Faculty Members

including facilitators and mentors

Our team is comprised of genuinely gifted minds

CEO and Programme Leader

Dr Arif Rashid Khawaja

rof Arif Rashid Khawaja is a qualified General Surgeon with a special interest in Breast and Hepatobiliary Surgery.

Prof Arif Rashid Khawaja is a qualified General Surgeon with a special interest in Breast and Hepatobiliary Surgery. He was trained in the UK. He has worked as Professor of Surgery at Gujranwala Medical College, Pakistan until February 2018 and is currently working in the private sector. Prof Arif has a special interest in Medical Education especially in Medical Teaching. He has a Certificate in Teaching from University of London. On his return to Pakistan, he joined University of Health Sciences, Lahore in 2009 as Advisor to the Vice Chancellor in Medical Education. The collaboration with Prof Ian Willis and Prof Janet Strivens from University of Liverpool, led to the design of a six-month certificate programme for medical teachers. This programme has been very successful and sustainable. He left the university job and decided to set up an independent Center for Integration in Learning and Teaching (CILT) in 2019. This organisation has been set up to provide a platform for developing courses for professionals involved in teaching undergraduates and postgraduates. Since the start of the certificate programme in 2011, more than 900 medical teachers have been enrolled in the province of Punjab, Pakistan. CILT has recently partnered with Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University as a constituent organisation. Prof Arif’s vision is to improve the standard of the quality of teaching in all the higher education sector of Pakistan especially and overseas generally. Dr Ian and Dr Janet, along with local colleagues, have partnered with him to make it achievable and successful. He believes that this is the missing link in the chain that connects institutional aims with student aspirations. CILT has been established to follow the vision and bring a change among teachers that shall in the end benefit the students and also improve the learning environment at the institutions. Hence all the three stakeholders, institutions, teachers and students, benefit from our efforts.
Director of Studies ICMT and Lead Facilitator

Dr Shaila Tahir

Dr. Shaila Tahir have specialized in the field of Operative Dentistry and worked at De’ Montmorency College of Dentistry for a decade...

Dr. Shaila Tahir have specialized in the field of Operative Dentistry and worked at De’ Montmorency College of Dentistry for a decade. Later, I joined the private sector as I had ample clinical expertise. Since I wanted to have an insight in the art of teaching, so I decided to join the CMT program, right when it was in its infancy stage. This gave me the opportunity to find out that the practical application of medical education was worth paying heed to. It was a revelation as it was not only teaching which was important, but it was learning on the part of the student that needed some emphasis. As far as teaching and learning is concerned the concept of reflection was of utmost importance. It holds true when we say that it is not by experience that you learn, it is by reflecting on your experience that leaves a greater impact. CMT program was a practical application of medical education and it is here that I came to know that how fundamental it was to pay special attention to the problems of students. Since then I have gone on to facilitate and lead ICMT/CMT courses and so to contribute to the learning of others and hopefully to help improve things for medical and dental students in Pakistan.
International Consultant and Advisor Higher Education

Dr Ian Willis

Dr Ian Willis, with Dr Janet Strivens, has been engaged in the project to 'Enhance learning and teaching in medical education in Punjab' from the development stage in 2010.

Dr Ian Willis, with Dr Janet Strivens, has been engaged in the project to 'Enhance learning and teaching in medical education in Punjab' from the development stage in 2010. This has involved approximately 20 visits to Pakistan and is motivated by the enthusiasm for learning, the changes local faculty are making and the wonderful hospitality. Now in the role of international Consultant and Advisor Higher Education for CILT. Dr Willis has a career in educational development. He has designed and led programmes for faculty development in teaching at the University of Liverpool that reached all levels of teaching faculty from novice to highly experienced. He has examined and reviewed similar programmes in UK and internationally and was until recently the Head of Educational Development at University of Liverpool (UoL). Now Dr Willis lives in New Zealand and works on UoL's online doctorate in Higher Education studies (EdD). The EdD a professional doctorate. It generates research in effective practices in higher education that lead to change and improvements internationally. There are approx. 250 enrolled on the EdD, including at least three Pakistanis, and it has achieved 50 graduates to date. Drs Willis and Strivens were cent rally involved in the design, development and delivery of the EdD and so bring experience of online learning to their work in Pakistan. Dr Willis' PhD is in the field of the Internationalisation of Higher Education. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) an award that recognises strategic leadership and impact in higher education.
Director Marketing and Lead Facilitator

Dr Faisal Izhar

My name is Faisal Izhar. I am a Professor of Preventive Dentistry. Currently working at the FMH college of Dentistry Lahore.

My name is Faisal Izhar. I am a Professor of Preventive Dentistry. Currently working at the FMH college of Dentistry Lahore. I am from the first batch of CERTIFICATE IN MEDICAL TEACHING from UHS Lahore way back in 2011. I was trained by Dr Ian Willis and Dr Janet Strivens. Both passionate and energetic personalities were the essence and drive behind me becoming a facilitator on this programme. The ethos of this programme and of Prof. Arif Khawaja, the torch bearer of Medical teaching in Pakistan, is to train our faculty in medical and dental schools to become better teachers incorporating modern day techniques. I am very happy to see the over whelming progress of first CMT and now ICMT in Punjab. I have been to every corner with ICMT and taught on this course. The feedbacks have been tremendous and have fuelled me to keep on teaching with all my passion. The respect I have earned cannot be described through words. As a person I have excelled in my communication skills. I enjoy every bit of facilitating on ICMT. The diversity of the participants in terms of learning abilities is vast. Training them is also a challenge, but with the course outline and the quality control has been a superb experience. I now have a different role in this organization and shall strive to contribute the best I can and go beyond capacity to make things happen. I would like to acknowledge the wonderful team we have and the unique amalgamation of our foreign and local facilitators.
International Consultant and Advisor Course Design & Quality Assurance

Dr Janet Strivens

Dr Janet Strivens has been visiting Pakistan since 2011, originally as part of a British Council-funded INSPIRE and subsequently under the aegis of CILT...

Dr Janet Strivens has been visiting Pakistan since 2011, originally as part of a British Council-funded INSPIRE and subsequently under the aegis of CILT with which she is now an International Consultant. Like Dr Willis she is motivated by the enthusiasm for learning, the changes local faculty are making and the wonderful hospitality. Dr Strivens is a social scientist who has worked in a variety of education departments at UK universities. Since 1990 her main role has been as an educational/academic developer working with academic colleagues to improve the quality of learning, teaching and assessment and thereby enhance the student experience at the University of Liverpool. She has also acted in a consultancy role in many UK universities and also abroad as Senior Associate Director of the Centre for Recording Achievement, a UK-based organisation which promoted the value and practice of reflection and planning in learning. Her particular interests are in self-directed learning, assessment and curriculum design. She now lives in North Wales and continues to act as a supervisor for UoL’s online doctorate in Higher Education studies (EdD- see Dr Willis’ profile for a description). She also has a consultancy role with the European Hematology Association (EHA), sitting on the European Board for Accreditation in Hematology and advising on EHA’s educational and assessment projects. Dr Strivens’ PhD is in the field of curriculum design in Higher Education. She is a UK National Teaching Fellow, an award which recognises outstanding contributions to the field of higher education teaching and learning.
Director Finance and lead facilitator

Dr Hamda Arif

I am a woman health radiologist specialised in Breast Gynae and obstetrics scanning.

I am a woman health radiologist specialised in Breast Gynae and obstetrics scanning. I was trained in the UK and started practicing in Pakistan in a private set up. Teaching always fascinated me since childhood when I used to teach kids younger to me. I started training and teaching post graduate residents off and on but that did not satisfy the inner teacher in me until I learnt about ICMT and embarked on a journey I would like to share today. Ever since then I have been mentoring ICMT students and have gained tremendous confidence from this learning curve as I was offered to become a facilitator on the course I recently taught in Multan and got very positive feedback from most of the participants. I am very thankful to all the team at CILT for providing me this with platform and an opportunity to do what I always wanted to do. The hidden teacher in me is finally getting a chance to teach. I would strongly recommend all present and future potential medical teachers to enrol in this programme and polish their teaching skills. I loved the concept of mentorship as I had a mentor during my post graduate degree in the UK who trained me to become a breast radiologist. I was lucky to have Dr Mujtaba as my mentor in CMT. He encouraged me and guided me diligently to complete the mammoth task of compiling my portfolio which became a source of pride for me as I topped my batch in 2016.
CEO and Programme Leader

Dr Arif Rashid Khawaja

Prof Arif Rashid Khawaja is a qualified General Surgeon with a special interest in Breast and Hepatobiliary Surgery. He was trained in the UK. He has worked as Professor of Surgery at Gujranwala Medical College, Pakistan until February 2018 and is currently working in the private sector. Prof Arif has a special interest in Medical Education especially in Medical Teaching. He has a Certificate in Teaching from University of London. On his return to Pakistan, he joined University of Health Sciences, Lahore in 2009 as Advisor to the Vice Chancellor in Medical Education. The collaboration with Prof Ian Willis and Prof Janet Strivens from University of Liverpool, led to the design of a six-month certificate programme for medical teachers. This programme has been very successful and sustainable. He left the university job and decided to set up an independent Center for Integration in Learning and Teaching (CILT) in 2019. This organisation has been set up to provide a platform for developing courses for professionals involved in teaching undergraduates and postgraduates. Since the start of the certificate programme in 2011, more than 900 medical teachers have been enrolled in the province of Punjab, Pakistan. CILT has recently partnered with Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University as a constituent organisation. Prof Arif’s vision is to improve the standard of the quality of teaching in all the higher education sector of Pakistan especially and overseas generally. Dr Ian and Dr Janet, along with local colleagues, have partnered with him to make it achievable and successful. He believes that this is the missing link in the chain that connects institutional aims with student aspirations. CILT has been established to follow the vision and bring a change among teachers that shall in the end benefit the students and also improve the learning environment at the institutions. Hence all the three stakeholders, institutions, teachers and students, benefit from our efforts.
Director of Studies ICMT and Lead Facilitator

Dr Shaila Tahir

Dr. Shaila Tahir have specialized in the field of Operative Dentistry and worked at De’ Montmorency College of Dentistry for a decade. Later, I joined the private sector as I had ample clinical expertise. Since I wanted to have an insight in the art of teaching, so I decided to join the CMT program, right when it was in its infancy stage. This gave me the opportunity to find out that the practical application of medical education was worth paying heed to. It was a revelation as it was not only teaching which was important, but it was learning on the part of the student that needed some emphasis. As far as teaching and learning is concerned the concept of reflection was of utmost importance. It holds true when we say that it is not by experience that you learn, it is by reflecting on your experience that leaves a greater impact. CMT program was a practical application of medical education and it is here that I came to know that how fundamental it was to pay special attention to the problems of students. Since then I have gone on to facilitate and lead ICMT/CMT courses and so to contribute to the learning of others and hopefully to help improve things for medical and dental students in Pakistan.
International Consultant and Advisor Higher Education

Dr Ian Willis

Dr Ian Willis, with Dr Janet Strivens, has been engaged in the project to 'Enhance learning and teaching in medical education in Punjab' from the development stage in 2010. This has involved approximately 20 visits to Pakistan and is motivated by the enthusiasm for learning, the changes local faculty are making and the wonderful hospitality. Now in the role of international Consultant and Advisor Higher Education for CILT. Dr Willis has a career in educational development. He has designed and led programmes for faculty development in teaching at the University of Liverpool that reached all levels of teaching faculty from novice to highly experienced. He has examined and reviewed similar programmes in UK and internationally and was until recently the Head of Educational Development at University of Liverpool (UoL). Now Dr Willis lives in New Zealand and works on UoL's online doctorate in Higher Education studies (EdD). The EdD a professional doctorate. It generates research in effective practices in higher education that lead to change and improvements internationally. There are approx. 250 enrolled on the EdD, including at least three Pakistanis, and it has achieved 50 graduates to date. Drs Willis and Strivens were cent rally involved in the design, development and delivery of the EdD and so bring experience of online learning to their work in Pakistan. Dr Willis' PhD is in the field of the Internationalisation of Higher Education. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) an award that recognises strategic leadership and impact in higher education.
Director Marketing and Lead Facilitator

Dr Faisal Izhar

My name is Faisal Izhar. I am a Professor of Preventive Dentistry. Currently working at the FMH college of Dentistry Lahore. I am from the first batch of CERTIFICATE IN MEDICAL TEACHING from UHS Lahore way back in 2011. I was trained by Dr Ian Willis and Dr Janet Strivens. Both passionate and energetic personalities were the essence and drive behind me becoming a facilitator on this programme. The ethos of this programme and of Prof. Arif Khawaja, the torch bearer of Medical teaching in Pakistan, is to train our faculty in medical and dental schools to become better teachers incorporating modern day techniques. I am very happy to see the over whelming progress of first CMT and now ICMT in Punjab. I have been to every corner with ICMT and taught on this course. The feedbacks have been tremendous and have fuelled me to keep on teaching with all my passion. The respect I have earned cannot be described through words. As a person I have excelled in my communication skills. I enjoy every bit of facilitating on ICMT. The diversity of the participants in terms of learning abilities is vast. Training them is also a challenge, but with the course outline and the quality control has been a superb experience. I now have a different role in this organization and shall strive to contribute the best I can and go beyond capacity to make things happen. I would like to acknowledge the wonderful team we have and the unique amalgamation of our foreign and local facilitators.
International Consultant and Advisor Course Design & Quality Assurance

Dr Janet Strivens

Dr Janet Strivens has been visiting Pakistan since 2011, originally as part of a British Council-funded INSPIRE and subsequently under the aegis of CILT with which she is now an International Consultant. Like Dr Willis she is motivated by the enthusiasm for learning, the changes local faculty are making and the wonderful hospitality. Dr Strivens is a social scientist who has worked in a variety of education departments at UK universities. Since 1990 her main role has been as an educational/academic developer working with academic colleagues to improve the quality of learning, teaching and assessment and thereby enhance the student experience at the University of Liverpool. She has also acted in a consultancy role in many UK universities and also abroad as Senior Associate Director of the Centre for Recording Achievement, a UK-based organisation which promoted the value and practice of reflection and planning in learning. Her particular interests are in self-directed learning, assessment and curriculum design. She now lives in North Wales and continues to act as a supervisor for UoL’s online doctorate in Higher Education studies (EdD- see Dr Willis’ profile for a description). She also has a consultancy role with the European Hematology Association (EHA), sitting on the European Board for Accreditation in Hematology and advising on EHA’s educational and assessment projects. Dr Strivens’ PhD is in the field of curriculum design in Higher Education. She is a UK National Teaching Fellow, an award which recognises outstanding contributions to the field of higher education teaching and learning.
Director Finance and lead facilitator

Dr Hamda Arif

I am a woman health radiologist specialised in Breast Gynae and obstetrics scanning. I was trained in the UK and started practicing in Pakistan in a private set up. Teaching always fascinated me since childhood when I used to teach kids younger to me. I started training and teaching post graduate residents off and on but that did not satisfy the inner teacher in me until I learnt about ICMT and embarked on a journey I would like to share today. Ever since then I have been mentoring ICMT students and have gained tremendous confidence from this learning curve as I was offered to become a facilitator on the course I recently taught in Multan and got very positive feedback from most of the participants. I am very thankful to all the team at CILT for providing me this with platform and an opportunity to do what I always wanted to do. The hidden teacher in me is finally getting a chance to teach. I would strongly recommend all present and future potential medical teachers to enrol in this programme and polish their teaching skills. I loved the concept of mentorship as I had a mentor during my post graduate degree in the UK who trained me to become a breast radiologist. I was lucky to have Dr Mujtaba as my mentor in CMT. He encouraged me and guided me diligently to complete the mammoth task of compiling my portfolio which became a source of pride for me as I topped my batch in 2016.

Testimonials

See what people are saying

"If I want to see my students change for better, then this change must start from myself" I highly recommend ICMT, it was an eye-opening experience.

Dr Tayyabaa MahmudAssistant Profess of Anatomy

"This certificate has changed me as a teacher 1800 … you have to come into the students shoes to get good results"

Prof. Arif SiddiqProfessor: Obstetrics & Gynaecology

I am much better informed now about many basic teaching methods and assessment and evaluation tool. I strongly believe this programme is truly a world-class programme and I wish the organizers well

Dr Shahida Husain TararAssociate Professor in Nawaz Sharif Medical College Gujrat