Social Work Education in Pakistan: Issues and Future Opportunities


  • Dr. Nasreen Aslam Shah Meritorious Professor in the Department of Social Work and Director, Centre of Excellence for Women’s Studies, University of Karachi



Social work is a professional and academic discipline that committed to improve the quality and prosperity of individuals, groups, and communities through scientific knowledge, policy, community organizing, direct practice and teaching. Pakistan is very fortunate to have a good start of professional Social Work; the first social work training began in the year 1953. Social work education in universities started in 1954 and its aim is to provide trained social workers equipped with the basic knowledge and skills to assist government and private agencies in the development and implementation of social welfare programs. This study presents an overview of the brief history, current issues and future opportunities of social work education in Pakistan. This study emphasizes some of the significant issues that cause concern, such as the social work education and practice appropriate for Pakistan society, teaching and learning, fieldwork and supervision, certification and licensing for social workers. It’s important to talk about some issues of concern and the direction in which a strong and sound social work education can be developed.




How to Cite

Shah, N. A. (2018). Social Work Education in Pakistan: Issues and Future Opportunities. Pakistan Journal of Applied Social Sciences, 7(1), 1–15.