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  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020

  • CUI

  • International Office

 

The 23rd Meeting of the Coordinating Council of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), was virtually held on 14th July 2020 due to present-day travel restrictions globally. The meeting had participation of 26 high profile scientists and representatives of 19 COMSATS Centers of Excellence from Bangladesh, China, Colombia, Egypt, The Gambia, Ghana, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, and Turkey. Besides these Council members, 24 officials of COMSATS also attended the meeting from its Headquarters based in Islamabad.

During the meeting, the Council deliberated upon the ongoing programmes, including COMSATS Centre for Climate and Sustainability, postgraduate scholarships and post-doctoral fellowships at various Centers of Excellence, capacity building activities, Telehealth programme, activities of International Thematic Research Groups, programmes for achieving SDGs, and publications. Noting with great concern the devastating global impacts of COVID-19, which has affected almost all of the COMSATS’ Member States, the Council members deliberated upon collaborating with one another and pool their expertise, human and technological resources in order to meet the challenges posed by the pandemic. They also considered focusing their collective efforts on those fields that would be relevant in addressing the socio-economic needs and challenges of the Member States in post-COVID19 scenario.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the Council appreciated the efforts made by the Executive Director COMSATS Dr. S.M Junaid Zaidi and his team for, inter alia, strengthening of COMSATS Network of International S&T Centers of Excellence with the addition of new members; increased interaction, collaboration, and exchange of human and technological resources among the Centers of Excellence.

It was decided that the implementation status of the decisions of this year’s meeting would be reviewed during the next (24th) meeting of the Coordinating Council to be held in Karachi during March 2021.

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  • Wednesday, July 22, 2020

  • CUI

  • International Office

A virtual meeting was held with Cultural Affair Office, US Embassy, Islamabad and officials of COMSATS University Islamabad on Tuesday July 21, 2020. Ms. Lisa Swenarski, Country Cultural Attache and Mr. Sharif Sabir, Cultural Affairs Specialist were representatives from US embassy. Dr. Fahim Qureshi, Registrar and Mr. Ali Tawab Baloch, Head International Office attended the meeting from COMSATS university Islamabad. Subsequently, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tabassam Afzal, Rector CUI also joined the meeting. 

During the meeting the Dr. Qureshi briefed about ongoing academic collaborations and partnerships with various US universities. He also told about US alumni working in different campuses of CUI. The US alumni represent scholars & researchers who availed prestigious scholarships under various scholarship programs. Moreover, the US counterparts were informed about academic and research excellence with US, inward mobilities from US and various programs which were jointly organized between CUI and US embassy.

Ms. Lisa Swenarski acknowledged CUI academic activities with the US institutions. She briefed the participants about different programs of US embassy for the students, faculty and researchers of Pakistan.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tabassam Afzal, Rector CUI urged to explore more opportunities for academic cooperation, research collaboration and opportunities of short term up to a semester mobilities for CUI students and faculty members to US universities/ institutions with the cooperation of US embassy.

It was decided to work jointly and in close collaboration of both entities. The meeting ended on a cheerful note.  


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  • Friday, July 3, 2020

  • CUI

  • INIT

The INIT was approached by Department of International Development (DFID), Pakistan in pursuit of developing a five-year Country Development Strategy for Pakistan. The aim was to conduct a diagnostic looking at Pakistan’s current digital priorities and future. The INIT team comprising of Mr. Tahir Naeem and Dr. Akber Gardezi visited the DFID Pakistan office and briefed the executive management of DFID on the digital priorities of Pakistan and the support required for the next five years. The INIT team appreciated the DFID’s focus on technology as a way through which Pakistan’s development can be enhanced. The INIT further suggested an approach focusing primarily on some of the most marginalized groups i.e. people with disabilities, women and girls, those living in rural areas, and refugees. As in many countries there have been ICT initiatives that focused on education or health, but rarely an integrated and holistic approach was adopted for the needs of the marginalized communities. Hence, it was suggested to focus on a holistic digital approach for the needs of these communities as being part of the upcoming strategy. Whilst discussions entailed, it was also suggested that DFID could make a significant impact in Pakistan in helping the government address the needs of vast numbers of people with disabilities in the country through the use of digital technologies. INIT also expressed concerns about many of the ways in which ICTs have been used in development issues on the past in the field of education. One of the concerns discussed in detail was the lack of credible data and it was proposed that the new DFID’s ICT-education hub could be used to gather evidence. As the real concern about the lack of reliable evidence about what works in ICT for development leads to downgrading the quality of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in the sector. The remarks by INIT were appreciated by the attending members of the DFID team and triggered an interactive Question and Answer session at the end.

  • Monday, March 9, 2020

  • Business

  • CCRD

CCRD team members had a meeting with Mr. Ali Toqeer Sheikh, Climate Expert on February 12, 2020. The meeting was organized by Mr. Ali Tawab, Head International Office to explore possible funding opportunities for research projects related to water and climate. Mr. Ali Toqeer was briefed about CCRD's on-going and completed research projects and collaborations mainly with International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC). Opportunities for developing research cooperation at regional level in the areas of climate science, mitigation and adaptation were discussed. Dr. Athar Hussain, Head, CCRD proposed 'Vote of Thanks' to Mr. Ali Toqeer for his valuable inputs. He also acknowledged Mr. Ali Tawab for his effort to link CCRD with the climate experts. 

  • Friday, September 20, 2019

  • CUI

  • International Office

Prof. Li Zhenyu, Dean, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, China visited COMSATS University Islamabad. This was a reciprocal visit from Tongji University after the Dean Faculty Architecture and Design, Prof. Dr. Samra Mohsin Khan was invited on a visit to Tongji University in the month of May 2019. The objective of the visit was to sign collaboration document between the two universities.

Prof. Li visited Architecture Department of CUI and witnessed an Art Exhibition on display at COMSATS Art Gallery. Following the visit of CAG, a formal meeting was held which was chaired by Prof. Samra Mohsin. The meeting was attended by HoD Department of Architecture & Design along-with selected faculty members of the department. The Head International Office and In charge China Study Center, Mr. Ali Tawab Baloch with his team also attended the meeting.

Detailed presentation was given about Architecture department of CUI containing the details of academic and outreach activities. Architectural designs from different student projects and thesis work were displayed. Another detailed presentation was delivered by the Department Chairperson Ms. Ayesha Imdad on Cultural Heritage Projects in South Punjab illustrating how small dying crafts of Sothern Punjab like embellished textile, pottery, bone carving, pit loom weaving etc. are being converted into products aiming to help eliminate poverty from these areas.

Prof. Dr. Li Zhenyu also shared the facts, ranking, working, strong international partnerships and achievements of CAUP. He explained how all the architectural research and development of designs created at CAUP are focused on future, green beauty, digital fabrication and protection of world heritage. 

Following the presentations, a Document of Understanding was signed between CUI and Tongji University. The delegate called on Rector CUI. Different possibilities of collaboration and future road map of activities jointly conceived by both universities were discussed. The Rector presented memento to Prof. Zhenyu.

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