The Ali Institute of Education (AIE) was established in 1992 by a distinguished family trust, with the primary objective of providing effective teachers to the schools of Pakistan. The UNDP and SIDA (Sweden) also supported this endeavour initially, to improve the quality of education in our country. At the Ali Institute of Education we believe that teachers are agents of change and they can bring about a meaningful transformation to the education scenario of Pakistan. To develop teachers into their purported role, the AIE offers pre-service and in-service programmes.
Syed Babar Ali, Chairman, Ali Institute of Education
The daughters of Syed Ahsan Ali (1880 – 1942), and the sons and daughters of Syed Maratib Ali (1883 – 1961), donated nine acres of land situated on Ferozepur Road, Lahore to the Industrial, Technical and Educational Institute (ITEI), a non-profit society registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860, to establish a vocational training school, which started working in 1972 under the name of Ali Industrial Technical Institute (AITI).
In 1992 the trustees of the ITEI decided to phase-out the technical school and replace it with a teacher training institution under the name of Ali Institute of Education (AIE).
As Chairman of its Management Committee, I pledge my continuing support to the educational programme of the AIE and wish its organisation the best of luck in its endeavors to perpetually improve the standard of education being imparted.
I am privileged to have been associated with the setting up of the original school, the AITI and its successor, the AIE.
The primary objective of both these institutes has been the dissemination of knowledge at a level where it matters the most for the uplift of our country. While setting up the AIE, I was informed by many educationists that the maximum damage to the learning process of our students takes place in primary education. It was, therefore, decided that we must address ourselves to the primary education of our country if we really want to bring about any positive changes in the current educational impasse. Hence, the declared mission of the Ali Institute of Education that specifies “a commitment to improving the quality of primary-school level education in Pakistan through raising the status of teaching to a profession."
Steve Ryan, Rector, Ali Institute of Education
The Ali Institute of Education is the focal point for leading-edge teacher education located in the heart of Pakistan’s most exciting city. Perhaps uniquely amongst providers of teacher-education, we combine our deep commitment to innovation and creativity with a passionate engagement in the realities of learning and teaching. We are renowned for the quality and professionalism of our teaching. This is grounded in the fact that AIE provides an intellectually rich learning environment for students and staff alike. In particular, our teacher-educators are highly regarded for their knowledge, skills and expertise, and their student-centred approach to all those they engage with.
Choosing a degree programme or other professional development course can be a daunting task. There is so much choice and so much variety. At AIE we have developed our programmes to offer flexibility and choice, including the opportunity to build credits towards continued study from all of our courses. We have developed a curriculum based on breadth and excellence across education, with programmes which are stimulating, relevant and intellectually exciting. Furthermore, we have tailored all we do carefully to meet the needs of our students. You can follow your dreams of becoming a teacher through our initial teacher education programme at primary and secondary level, across a range of subject areas and through a variety of routes. Our ever-increasing continuing professional development programmes offer an impressive range of skill-enhancement and skill-enlargement opportunities through workshops, short courses and accredited programmes. Throughout the year, through conferences and events, we provide opportunities for teachers to socialise, educate and to realise their professionalism.
I began my own professional career in education in the UK as a teacher working with people with severe and profound learning difficulties, and I’m now delighted to be leading the Ali Institute. It is a remarkable place. Our teaching has had a major impact on knowledge and practice across Pakistan. Choose AIE and you will become part of a supportive community of students who feel fulfilled and rewarded by their student experience, and join our ranks of highly regarded professionals.