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  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020

  • CUI

  • International Office

On January 30, 2020 the International Office of Comsats University Islamabad (CUI) in collaboration with the French Embassy in Islamabad and Department of Meteorology, CUI held a riveting panel discussion on the 2020 theme “Being Alive” as a part of its main event “The Night of Ideas”. A panel of seven, included heads and experts from various governmental and private organizations. His Excellency the Ambassador of France to Pakistan Dr. Marc Bre’ty was invited as the guest of honor. People from various walks of life participated in the event.

The program was opened by a welcome note from Dr. Imran Shehzad, HoD Meteorology Department, followed by the thoughts of the French Ambassador on organizing this event on a pressing global challenge faced by all alike. Mr. Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, an expert on climate change and development moderated the discussion between the panelists and profoundly thanked the French Embassy for organizing the discussion and CUI for hosting it.

The experts interpreted and debated on the theme, “Being Alive” from their individual perspectives within their areas of work. The diversified views of the professionals converged into some concrete suggested actions that are immediately required to be taken and implemented at personal, organizational, national and international levels. There was a consensus of opinion that it is a developmental issue and there has to be awareness and community involvement at a massive scale, climate change discussions and measures to be made part of our routine conversations, protective measures to be introduced and put into practice right from our homes, there is a clear need for more effective communication, connection and unity, all stakeholders must be made part of climate protection campaigns, a culture of conservation has to be re-introduced, change has to be embraced more collectively by using the power of art and media in order to mobilize the policy makers.

After an interactive participation and input from the audience the event was wrapped up by the Head International Office with a vote of thanks to His Excellency, the French Embassy the esteemed panelists, the moderator, the Department of Meteorology, the International office team and the IEEE student society members who together made the evening a huge success.

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  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019

  • CUI

  • International Office

The COMSATS University Islamabad in collaboration with the British Council, Pakistan organized UK Alumni get together and a stirring panel discussion on ‘Reskilling for Jobs of the Future’ on 6th of March 2019. In his welcome address, Prof. Dr. Junaid Mughal, In-charge Academics CUI, thanked the representatives of the British Council for bringing this discussion platform to CUI. He urged that it is the need of the hour to modify our present teaching methodologies and skills to focus on for the revolutionary times to come.

Ms. Sarah Parvez, Head of Education and Skills at British Council Pakistan was the moderator of the discussion. The panel consisted of Dr. Shahid A Khan, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, CUI; Ms. Humairah Jabeen, a Commonwealth Alumni having over 6 years’ experience in the Energy and FMCG sector in the technical capacity and Mr. Faran Mahmood, an expert on SDGs with a full spectrum of advisory, policy, fund-raising and programme management experience on his palette in government, international and local development sectors. Dr. Shahid A Khan shared a very thought-provoking video clip with the audience on how the speed of technological change is going to outpace the academia and policy makers unless they respond adequately to it and start acting now. He emphasized that though the expected digitalization is inspiring yet terrifying and that reskilling is a requirement of the future and that our youth must be trained for it.  Ms. Humairah spoke for the development, importance and need for the inculcation of non-cognitive skills and adaptability in our youth to equip them to face the challenges future has in store. Mr. Faran adding to the discussion said that it is highly likely that the linear model of education- employment and career may be disrupted by increased automation, artificial intelligence, robotics and internet of things for which all the instrumental sectors need to be prepared and which requires strong partnerships between policy makers, academia and industry.

After hearing a thriving discussion, UK Alumni in the audience spoke candidly about their own take on the topic. The discussion encouraged exchange of new and innovative ideas between academia, industry experts and youth participants.

It was concluded in the end that more of such events should be arranged with CUI as it has a large pool of about 400 UK alumni to analyse such challenging ideas highlighting the necessity of transformation and trends required for reskilling of our workforce.


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