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  • Thursday, February 18, 2021

  • CUI

  • INIT

A team of Inter-Islamic Network on Water Resources Development and Management (INWRDAM), Jordan called on Dr. Tahir Naeem, Executive Director Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) on February 12, 2021 at INIT Headquarters, Islamabad. Muhammad Atiq-ur-Rehman, Senior Program Officer INIT and Dr. Akber Abid Gardezi, Manager INIT were also present in the meeting.

The two member delegation representing INWRDAM comprised of Dr. Marwan Alraggad, Executive Director INWRDAM and Mr. Jalal Al-Qaryouti, Programs Manager INWRDAM.  

INWRDAM is working to foster closer cooperation among the OIC states in the field of development and management of water resources.

The meeting between two entities discoursed about submission of project proposal titled “Leading the digital transformation for Water, Energy, Food (WEF) Nexus in OIC: Guidance notes for efficient ICT use in states with limited resources”.

The project aims at:

i)              Investing the digital transformation during COVID19 crises to plan for the efficient ICT use for 2020-2030;

ii)             Creating guidance notes for governments with limited resources on achieving Agriculture Sustainability through water use efficiency using digital technologies (GIS, AI, Big Data, and Apps);

iii)           Defining tools to achieve policymaking that is based on accurate data;

iv)           WEF Nexus Capacity Building through regional consultations; and

v)            Virtual/ Physical Training and Workshops for the training of trainers on Food Security using international collaborations of INIT and INWRDAM.

The participants had a detailed discussion about the project and the role of INWRDAM and INIT. The project’s execution strategy, outreach, utility and implications also came under discussion. The Executive Director INIT assured INIT’s full cooperation and support in making this project a success. The participants of the meeting also urged for strengthening of ties and stimulating and enhancing future cooperation between the two networks.


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  • Thursday, October 8, 2020

  • CUI

  • China Study Center

COMSATS University becomes largest employer of Chinese Alumni

PR: Islamabad: Prof. Dr Muhammad Tabassum Afzal, Rector, COMSATS University Islamabad on Tuesday chaired a meeting of Alumni of Chinese Universities currently working in COMSATS University Islamabad on faculty positions under the aegis of the CUI China Study Center.

CUI currently employs over 170 faculty members who are alumni of Chinese universities working full time in CUI. In addition, more than 140 faculty members from CUI are presently pursuing PhDs in various top ranked universities of China. Ali Tawab Balouch, Head CSC informed that over 500 more scholars are expected to travel to China from COMSATS University in the next 5 years for their Masters or PhD. CUI was pioneer in establishing a China Study Center in Islamabad, which has been instrumental in building linkages with Chinese Universities and enhancing interest of Study in China among faculty members and students said Mr. Tawab.

Faculty members from all seven campuses of CUI were connected remotely through video link and expressed the status of their research.

Prof. Afzal opined that China is a strategic partner of Pakistan and the support of the Chinese Government has been instrumental in meeting the human resource development needs of COMSATS University. While sharing his vision Prof. Afzal said alumni of Chinese Universities should work in partnership with their Chinese counterparts and tap their Chinese collaborators for joint research opportunities on projects that are pertinent to the global development agenda, while addressing local needs.

Prof. Afzal encouraged faculty members to develop cross cutting proposals on biomedical materials, engineering and technology and architecture and help improve understanding of the Chinese culture among students. He said that the COMSATS University being the largest employer of Chinese PhD graduates in Pakistan would like to be a leading think tank of the government on CPEC. Prof. Afzal also expressed satisfaction over the research productivity and teaching performance of Chinese graduates.

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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.

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