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  • Monday, July 16, 2018

  • CIIT

  • CCRD

ISLAMABAD: South Asia, being the hot spot for the future increases of food demand due to demographic growth and changing lifestyles may face even the severe consequences if no adaptation measures are taken concludes a three-day international workshop jointly organized by the Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD) COMSATS University Islamabad and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany in Islamabad June 26-28.

Scientists from the  leading institutes from Europe (PIK, IIASA) and South Asian countries, INGOs, think tanks, research organizations in-depth deliberated on ensuring the food security in the region where already around 300 million people are undernourished, resulting in the largest numbers of food-insecure persons in the sub-continent.

German Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Martin Kobler, while inaugurating the workshop said “without concerted efforts by all the region’s stakeholders it would not be possible to tackle already mounting regional food security issue”. He emphasized technology transfer by the developed countries and engagement of women in research as need of the hour to combat the problem. Chief guest, Professor Dr. Raheel Qamar (T.I), Rector COMSATS University while addressing the workshop participants stressed the need to build strong collaborations both at institutional and country level between the developed and developing world may be of immense value to lessen the adversaries of climate change in already food insecure- South Asia.

Presenting FAO’s approach to Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus, Ms Minà Dowlatchahi, FAO Representative in Pakistan said: “Understanding and managing the complex interactions between water, energy and food security is essential to cope with changing climate and for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The FAO approach to the Water-Energy-Food Nexus describes the complex and inter-related nature of our global resources systems with social, economic and environmental goals. Uptake of new technologies, changes in agricultural and water management practices by small holder farmers with concurrent actions to help conserve natural resources and protect our eco-systems will pave the way towards Food Security and the eradication of malnutrition in all its forms”.

Workshop recommended that Research funding, on climate change monitoring and adaptation, may be enhanced to minimize the adversities of changing climate on agriculture. Moreover, efficient climate smart alternate crops/ technologies must be introduced / fine-tuned taking care of biodiversity, sustainability and profitability. Other recommendations by the workshop participants included;

  • Transboundary water and energy issues, in the region, must be resolved, through dialogue and facilitation by international bodies.
  • National and regional food, water and energy security policies should be devised on urgent basis after thorough consultation and deliberations with concerned stake holders, and may be implemented. SAARC platform may be used as a facilitator in this regard.
  • Integration of environment into development policy, planning and investment is need of the hour, and should be ensured.
  • Efforts should be initiated for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and genetic reserves.
  • Alternate climate resilient crops may be introduced in the existing cropping systems.
  • Conservation crop production systems may be promoted to sustain the food security in the region.
  • Mass awareness campaigns may be launched about the healthy dietary habits

International Workshop ended with a vote of thanks by Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain, Head CCRD and Dr. Saeed A. Asad, Workshop coordinator to all International and National delegates for their contributions and recommendations to make this workshop, the first of its own kind in the South Asia. Ends

  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018

  • CIIT

  • PD HR

A Two-Day workshop on “International English Language Testing System” (IELTS) was held at COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) on 26-27 June, 2018. The workshop is part of activities, organized under the program “Information Seminars for Higher Studies Abroad” with the objective to educate and orient CUI prospective candidates with respect to selecting, financing and applying for higher studies abroad.

The purpose of the workshop was to guide young faculty members and students in preparing for the IELTS (Academic). Dr. Samina Nadeem and Ms. Saba Bahareen Mansur from the English Language Center-Department of Humanities, Islamabad campus conducted this workshop and shared tips on how to attempt the different sections of the test.

Dr. Samina Nadeem is Advisor to the Department of Humanities, CUI. She did her PhD from Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) in the field of Languages and Linguistics. Previously she has held various important positions such as Chairperson, Board of Studies (English) QAU and Director Model Colleges, Islamabad. Ms. Saba Bahareen Mansur is a Lecturer with the Department of Humanities, CUI.  She is a recipient of the Hornby Scholarship for Master’s Program in TESOL from Leeds University, UK. She has over a decade long experience of teaching at university level and has conducted many professional workshops on English communication.

The focus of the workshop was to familiarize the participants on the format of IELTS test and to provide sample tasks/activities. The Two-Day workshop was divided into four (04) sessions. The workshop started with the recitation of the Glorious Quran followed by an introduction to IELTS. For day one sections on Listening and Speaking were covered and for day two sections on Writing and Reading were covered. A copy of the presentation and the supporting material is uploaded at the CUI blogs.

All four sessions were interactive and a good number of faculty members and students attended the workshop. The participants acknowledged the usefulness of the information provided by the learned trainers.

The workshop was organized by Directorate of Planning, Development and Human Resource Development.


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  • Thursday, June 7, 2018

  • CIIT

  • CPS

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The Lincoln Corner Islamabad in collaboration with Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), COMSATS University Islamabad, held a 2- hour workshop on "Stroytelling for a Better World: Alternate Futures and Policy Change" on 6th June 2018,  from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm., at the National library of Pakistan, Islamabad. Mr. Ali Owais Sethi, Coordinator, Lincoln Corner Islamabd, gave a brief introduction to the topic and to storytelling. Mr. Umer Sheraz, Senior Reserch Officer, CPS conducted the worskshop session on the emergence of alternative, progressive and socially inclusive futures, though storytelling. This interactive session included some hands-on story writing by the particiapants.  The workshop  session was followed by a presentation by Dr. Imran Syed, Head, CPS, on "Storytelling Inspiring Policy Change". In his presentation Dr. Syed looked at a historic instance from the USA where storytelling contributed to policy change. The participants of the workshop were diverse and included students and professionals.



  • Monday, May 28, 2018

  • CIIT

  • CPS

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COMSATS University, Pakistan and Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Malaysia in co-sponsorship with the Islamic Development Bank, Saudi Arabia organized a one-week training course on “Foresight and Innovation Policy” at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Nilai, Malaysia from May 10 to 14, 2018. The workshop was attended by 24 participants from 10 countries. The interactive lectures at the workshop were delivered by Dr. Sohail Inayatullah (World Renowned Futurist), Tan Sri Omar Abdul Rahman (Former Science Advisor of Prime Minister Mahatir Muhammad), Dr. Hammad Akbar (Senior Lecturer in Management, University of Liverpool), Dr. Wan Fariza Alyati Wan Zakaria (Senior Lecturer, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) and Mr. Umar Sheraz (Senior Research Officer, COMSATS University Islamabad). As part of the learning process, the participants paid a visit to the premises of MAGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre) to study their startup incubation process.

COMSATS University Islamabad was represented by Mr. Umar Sheraz (Senior Research Officer, Centre for Policy Studies), Mr. Malik Zeeshan Ahmad (Assistant Manager, Centre for Policy Studies) and Dr. Faheem Aslam (Assistant Professor, Management Sciences). Mr. Umar Sheraz also gave a detailed presentation on the COMSATS University and its achievements in his welcome speech. A book on workshop proceedings and selected academic work by workshop participants will be published by USIM, later this year.



  • Thursday, May 17, 2018

  • Business

  • Shama Munir - ITC Wah

  Department of Management Sciences conducted workshop on “SPSS & AMOS” on May 11, 2018 by Dr. Tahir Asif.

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