China Study Centre, COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI), hosted a symposium on Centennial goals of China - Learning from the past, Planning for the Future on 29th September 2021. The Ambassador of Peoples Republic of China to Pakistan, His Excellency Nong Rong attended the event virtually and congratulated China Study Centre of CUI for this productive activity. He shared how China has efficiently attained its first centennial goal of eradicating poverty and is now marching its second centennial goal of prosperous, strong democratic, culturally advanced, and harmonious nation by 2049. The Rector, CUI, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tabassum Afzal, in his welcome address specified how Pakistan has continuously followed the strategy of maintaining respectable relationships with China, and its plans on strengthening these ties further. The Head of the China Study Centre, Dr. Tahir Mumtaz Awan in his keynote address explained the aim of symposium and highlighted how Pakistan can learn from the “China Model” and align its strategic direction for a better future. Dr. Awan highlighted his experiences during his five years of stay in China and shared eye witnessed moments of country’s development. The Chief Guest of Symposium, Eng. Dr. Akram Sheikh (HI), former Federal Minister and Deputy Chairman Planning Commission highlighted the vital matters Pakistan is facing now-a-days. He said the learning from China can be enhanced through streamlining an appropriate track for the nation, as only then we can have a prosperous society. He further highlighted the role that educational institutions in taking up projects for the advancement of our nation and suggested the development of China-Pak elder’s group and CPEC international forum to provide strategic roadmap.
The first panel discussion focused on “Learning form the Past” was moderated by Ambassador (Retd.) Naghmana Alamgir Hashmi. The discussants included Ambassador (Retd.) Tariq Fatemi, Ambassador (Retd.) Riaz Muhammad Khan, Mr. Imtiaz Gul, S. M. Hali, and Dr. Talat Shabbir. The focus of discussion was how China has achieved its first centennial goal and by following the footsteps of China, how Pakistan can become a prosperous nation. The suggestions of the panel included providing purposeful education to youth, follow modern approach in terms of development, and to provide job opportunities. The second panel discussion focusing on “Planning for the Future” was aimed at the second centennial goal of China to become one of the strongest economies globally till 2049. The session was moderated by Major General (Retd.) Samrez Salik, HI (M). The panelists included Ambassador (Retd.) Zamir Akram, Dr. Hassan Daud Butt, Brig (Retd.) Amir Yaqub, Mr. Haroon Sharif, and Mr. Mustafa Hyder Sayed. In the view of panelists, Pakistan as compared to China is not a weak country, but to succeed we need to develop our values to stabilize our economy. The key takeaway of the session was that shift towards knowledge economy is very important and the secret to success is ensuring that the public good is to practice and preform.
China Study Centre of CUI believes that we have to focus on the pedestal through which we can achieve the targeted milestones. The picture is not that dull, dark and dreary, but as twining opposites we need to take lessons from our immediate neighbors, if we want far fetched relations. To conclude, for putting our house in order, we should be positively striving towards our goals to achieve long term success. The symposium ended on a good note and recommendations were provided for the government and societal wellbeing.
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Chinese companies are coming to Pakistan not just for the sake of business but for establishing long-term contacts at the grass-root level with their counterparts, particularly Universities and Research Centers. These views were expressed by Ms. Wang Chun Ping, Chairperson Heroboss Technology, a Chinese LED manufacturer while heading a delegation comprising three Chinese state-owned enterprises to
COMSATS University Islamabad on Tuesday.
The delegation visited various facilities of the CUI Islamabad Campus and called on Rector Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tabassum Afzal. The delegation comprised Ms. Wang Chun Ping, Ms. Bai Jie, and Mr. Baseer Ahmed from Heroboss Technology, Mr. Fan Yan Hong, and Mr. Ha Li from China Gezhouba (CGGC) as well as Mr. Wang Peng and Mr. Adil from LEDCENT China.
Delegates called for increasing cultural exchange between Pakistan and China and expressed interest in enrolling employees working in Pakistan into the CUI Masters programs. Ms. Wang said that her company is interested in setting up an LED Research Center in conjunction with COMSATS University, where research on LED Technology will be conducted. Prof. Afzal, while agreeing to the proposal said that there was a need to involve technology and engineering students through internship and exchange mechanisms.
He said that CUI is moving towards product-oriented research in which Chinese technology transfer can play an important role. Mr. Fan Yan said that his company was among the Top 500 state-owned enterprises that have been working in Pakistan since 2008. He said that the company’s projects including the 1000MW Neelum Jehlum Project, Sukikinari Hydropower Project Kaghan, Mohmand Dam, and Dassu Hydropower Project. He said that China Gezhouba is actively seeking academic collaboration with universities to build joint applied research projects.
He said that his company would like to donate masks to CUI as a token of corporate social responsibility upon opening up the institution too. Senior management officials including Prof. Shamsul Qamar, Registrar CUI, Prof. Shahid A. Khan, Head ORIC, Dr. Tahir Naeem Director P&D and HRD, Mr. Ali Tawab, Head International Office, and Dr. Tahir Mumtaz Awan, Assistant Professor of Marketing were also present at the meeting. Later delegates visited the Art Exhibition on Kingdom of Kucha – Xian Dynasty at the CUI Art Gallery at the Junaid Zaidi Library, Islamabad.
Islamabad, Harmony in society is fundamental to peace and progress, these views were expressed by Shindo Yusuke, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Islamabad, in a talk organized in COMSATS University Islamabad on Wednesday.
Over 300 Students, faculty members and key officials of COMSATS University Islamabad participated from 7 campuses located in Islamabad, Attock, Abbottabad, Wah, Lahore, Vehari and Sahiwal in the talk delivered by Mr. Yusuke on “Japan: Its People, Culture and Tradition”.
Speaking at the occasion, Prof. Muhammad T. Afzal, Rector CUI expressed gratitude to the Japanese people and government for their technical assistance and adding value to the lives of doctoral scholars like himself. He recalled that the friendly relations and cooperation between Japan and Pakistan are historically significant.
Prof. Afzal also said that with his experience in Japan as a researcher he learnt the traits of respect for humanity, humility, and hard work from his peers. He also highlighted the progress of CUI as one of the leading universities of Engineering and Information Technology in the country having won several accolades in a short span of only two decades. He called for having more Japanese Alumni in the COMSATS University faculty.
While introducing culture, tradition and history of Japan, Mr. Yusuke said that Japan is rich in tradition and history while it is also the birthplace of latest technology. Mr. Yusuke encouraged students and IT professionals from Pakistan to learn the Japanese language and consider visiting and working in Japan. He said that Japan was among the least affected nations in the Covid-19 pandemic due to hygiene and cultural practices of the people. He also highlighted various historic and cultural aspects of the Japanese Society and emphasized peaceful coexistence, order and self-development for a harmonious society.
Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi, Founder Rector CUI, Executive Director COMSATS said that Japan is a world leader in quality education but its role in enhancing human resource development in Pakistan needs to be enhanced with exchange of faculty and students. Dr. Zaidi expressed interest in establishing academic collaboration with top ranked Japanese universities and called for exporting highly skilled human resource to Japan.
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Dr. Farhad Zulfiqar (Assistant Professor at Department of Economics, CUI Islamabad campus) has been selected to participate in the 7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences to be held on August 24-28, 2021 as part of Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.
The selection for participation in Nobel Laureate Meetings is an acknowledgement of excellence in respective fields. The 7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences will host only 373 Young Economists from around the globe pointing to Dr. Farhad Zulfiqar’s inclusion in an exceptionally talented pool of young economists.
The prestigious Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences is held every three years though the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings were founded in 1951. The Young Economists will have the opportunity to meet top minds in Economics to discuss major economic challenges. The meetings include lectures, panels, round-table discussions on interdisciplinary topics and informal small- group meetings with the Nobel Prize winners.
This conference is fully funded by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS). The funding body will also be organising visits to various universities and research institutes renowned in Economics during the Post Lindau week.
Speaking about his selection, Dr. Farhad Zulfiqar said, “It is an absolute honour for me to be among the only four Young Economists selected from Pakistan. I am thrilled to have achieved this milestone selection for an opportunity to interact with great Noble minds congregating from across the world at Lindau, Germany. It will be highly valuable to meet Noble Laureates and get insights from leaders of Economics discipline.”