A four- member delegation from Tsinghua University (TU), China visited COMSATS University Islamabad on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. The delegation led by Prof. Wei ZHANG, MEM (Master of Engineering Management) Center director comprised of Dr. Dacheng LIU, Associate Professor, TU; Mrs. Haitao WANG, Program Associate MEM (International Master of Engineering Management) and Prof. Xuedong LIANG, Professor at Sichuan University. The delegation was given a warm welcome by the International Office team upon their arrival at Islamabad Campus. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen linkages, collaboration and engagements between the Tsinghua University and COMSATS University Islamabad.
The delegation was shown different facilities of the campus including Labs, Junaid Zaidi Library, Student Services Center, Day Care Center, China Study Center etc. The delegates were impressed by the state-of-the-art amenities available for the students of CUI.
Later, Prof. Zhang delivered a very insightful presentation highlighting China as a country, its location, its language divisions, administrative divisions, its economy, its culture, art, people and of course its academic and scientific landscape. He also delivered a lecture titled “Rethinking of Postgraduate Engineering Education-IMEM Program“ to undergraduate and graduate students of the departments of Electrical engineering, Management Science and Computer Science. To complement the lecture, a video highlighting the features of IMEM “International Master of Engineering Management” Program was also shared.
After lunch, the delegates had detailed meeting with CUI higher management which was chaired by Prof. Dr. Khalid Riaz, Dean, Management Sciences. Prof. Dr. Junaid Mughal, Incharge Academics, Dr. Aneel Salman, HoD, Management Sciences, Dr. Nadeem Javaid, Mr. Ali Tawab Baloch, Head International Office and his team were present in the meeting. Both sides shared highlighted facts and achievements of CUI and TU through comprehensive presentations.
During discussions in the meeting, ideas to initiate split programs, student exchange for fast or condensed courses, organizing a short summer course for TU students, collaboration on curriculum development, collaboration on case studies and internships were deliberated. Officials from both sides agreed to strengthen the mutual areas of both universities and share expert knowledge and good practices. Prof. Dr. Khalid Riaz formally welcomed the delegation to CUI and shared that CUI is keen to establish academic collaboration with TU and CUI will work on the prospect of inviting TU students in its various conferences such as FIT etc…
The Incharge, Academics shared that both universities have similar courses as far as the IMEM program is concerned. Files including detailed courses description were distributed to the delegates. Dr. Nadeem Javaid shared the webpage for enabling students to apply for IMEM Program. Dr. Aneel Salman said that this webpage is an excellent outlet for scrutinizing the received applications and preparing a merit list and thus facilitating TU’s work. Mrs. Haitao WANG gave her details presentation on “Scholars & students Exchange program for the Belt & Road and how CUI faculty/students could benefit from it
The Head IO shared that a concrete collaboration should be shaped between both universities in the form of student/faculty exchange and summer school programs.
Prof. Zhang shared that faculty exchange should be promoted and CUI may send interested Professors to Tsinghua University for few weeks to teach research to TU students. He further said that he looks forward to receiving applications from CUI’s students for the IMEM program in Cohort 2020.
Subsequently, a detailed meeting between the delegates and the Rector, Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar was also held. The Dean, Department of Management Sciences, Incharge, Academics and Head, International Office, CUI were also present in the meeting. The Rector gave detailed introduction of CUI. He expressed his desire to have close liaison with Tsinghua University which was well received by the delegation.
The visit came to an end with exchange of souvenirs and a group photo. The delegation left the campus with much admiration for the courtesy and hospitality extended to them by CUI officials during their visit.
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