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  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017

  • CIIT

  • International Office

The International Office (IO) organized a talk titled “Global peace under the changing world scenario” by H.E. Mr. Frédéric Verheyden, Ambassador of Belgium in Pakistan on April 24, 2017 in the Business Incubation Center, First Floor, CIIT, Islamabad campus. H.E. Mr. Frédéric Verheyden along with Mr. Bruno Vandecasteele, First Secretary arrived at CIIT at 10.30 am and were warmly greeted by Dr. Arshad S. Malik, Head and other senior officials of International Office and Ambassador retired Madam Fauzia Nasreen, CPS. 

Afterwards the Ambassador had a brief meeting with Prof. Dr.  Raheel Qamar, Rector, CIIT in his office. During the meeting, the Rector expressed concern over global politics and violence. He said that the violence can be traced back to our evolution from the animal kingdom. In response, H.E. remarked that man is the biggest predator. During the conversation, H.E. referred to two aspects on which the Belgian Embassy is focussing within the educational sphere; Alumni formation and engaging with University of Hasselt with which an MoU has been signed by HEC.

After the brief meeting, the Ambassador was escorted to the BIC for his presentation. By a conservative estimate, around eighty plus individuals attended the talk. Proceedings started with playing of the Belgian and Pakistani Anthems. H.E. commenced his talk by drawing attention to the Belgian Anthem which was sung in 3 languages ie French, Flemish and German to signify the multiculturalism and tolerance in Belgium.  He then delved through his personal experience of 20 years of diplomatic assignments in different countries of the world. He highlighted that earlier things were simple eg there was a communist and a capitalist world so a nation could be one or the other. But now, global politics has become so complicated that states are watching their interests on issue to issue basis. Furthermore, rivalries and competition have creeped out of nowhere and which defy any rational logic. In this scenario, what is required is taking charge of responsibility by nations and changing the fundamentals.

After the talk, questions regarding internal security of Belgium, BREXIT, CPEC and educational policy of Belgium were raised which were aptly addressed by the Belgium Ambassador.  After the animated and thought-provoking talk and Q and A, a song was presented by a student of CIIT.

In his closing remarks, Dr. Arshad Malik profusely thanked the Ambassador for sparing his precious time to visit CIIT. He highlighted the opportunities of study in Belgium where there are very nominal tuition fee. He on a lighter note asked the students what is Belgium known for which was quickly replied by a lady in the audience "Chocolates". He also told the audience that CIIT has 4/5 Belgian Alumni in its various campuses. He then gave a comprehensive briefing on CIIT, its impressive growth, national and international standing and outreach. Talking about CIITs fast growth, he said that the Times Higher Education (THE) latest rankings have placed CIIT amongst top 141-150 in Asia; top 200 in the world’s Young Universities under the age of 50; top 137 amongst BRICS and Emerging Economies; and amongst top 601-800 in the World Universities Ranking during 2016-17.

The function ended with a group photograph and exchange of mementoes after which H.E. and Mr. Bruno were invited to partake in lunch. The Ambassador departed around 12.45 PM.

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017

  • Scholarships

  • P&D, HRD

The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), is organizing a Pre-Budget Seminar on ‘State of the Economy & Federal Budget 2017-18” on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the EE Auditorium CIIT, Islamabad.

The objective of holding the seminar is to evaluate the state of the economy and suggest policy recommendations for the Federal Budget 2017-18, which would be helpful in setting policy direction to improve the performance.

The seminar will provide an opportunity to academia, professionals, and civil society to give recommendations for improving the current state of the economy and reducing future risks associated with it.

Among the eminent speakers are: Dr. Hafiz Pasha, former Finance Minister; Dr. Ashfaque H. Khan, Dean, NUST Business School; Senator Taj Haider, Convener, Special Committee on the CPEC Project; Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources; Mr. Shahid Hafeez Kardar, former Governor SBP and VC, Beaconhouse University; and Mr. Sakib Sherani, former Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance

  • Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • CIIT

  • P&D, HRD

A seminar on "Higher Education and Scholarships Opportunities in Taiwan” was held at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad on April 12, 2017 at 11: 00 am. The talk is part of seminar series, organized under the program “Information Seminars for Higher Studies Abroad” with the objective to educate and orient CIIT prospective candidates with respect to selecting, financing and applying for higher studies abroad.

The purpose of the seminar was to educate and orient the young faculty member and students on the prospects of MS and PhD studies in reputed Taiwanese higher education institutes. Dr. Hamza Qayyum from the Department of Physics, Islamabad campus shared his experiences and views regarding the avenues available for higher education in Taiwan in different disciplines.

Dr. Hamza Qayyum received his PhD degree from the National Central University, Taiwan in January 2017. He received his PhD funding from the prestigious Academia Sinca, Taipei, Taiwan. During his stay he was associated with the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences.  His expertise is in laser systems, particularly Ti:Sapphire based femtosecond and Nd-YAG nanosecond. He has authored and co-authored 6 SCI-indexed journal papers.

The focus of his talk was on scholarship in Taiwan including “TIGP” scholarships of Academia Sinca, Taipei and Taiwanese government scholarship (MOE). He explained that the education system at the Taiwanese Universities is excellent. Furthermore, topics like how to socially adjust to the local culture and the steps needed to obtain visa were also discussed. He emphasized that the statement of purpose needs to be original and must express genuine interest of the scholar. He also shared a number of links of relevant websites. A copy of his presentation is uploaded at the CIIT blogs.

A good number of the participants attended the talk who, keenly paid attention and participated actively by asking number of questions from the speaker. The audience acknowledged the usefulness of the information provided by the speaker.

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

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  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • CIIT

  • Shama Munir

Department of Civil Engineering arranged a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminar titled "Innovative Resilient Lateral Force Resisting Structural System" on March 29, 2017. Assistant Professor, Dr. Irshad Qurashi from UET, Taxila was the guest speaker and briefed participants on latest trends of Structural System of Lateral Forces.

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017

  • Business

  • CPS

The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) and the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) jointly organized a seminar on “US Foreign Policy and Trump Presidency: A Review and Outlook” on 27 March 2017. Notwithstanding the fact that Trump presidency has yet to complete its first 100 days, the objective was to take a comprehensive look at the emerging trends in the foreign policy behavior of the US. Since domestic factors bear a significant influence on foreign policy, references were made to major trends and narratives and how they would impact American foreign policy regionally and globally. The tone for the theme was set by Chairman ISSI, Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, who encapsulated these developments in his welcome remarks.

                The panelists shared their analysis on a range of subjects virtually capturing the entire canvass of US relations within the international arena. Mr. Zahid Hussain (Dawn News) shared his perspective on “South Asia: The Evolving Dimensions of US Foreign Policy and Implications” highlighting the unpredictability in Trump policy towards South Asia and the question of South Asia being out of attention. However, in his view there no change was expected in US de-hyphenation between India and Pakistan. India would enjoy more leverage in the South Asian context. Ambassador Ashraf Jehangir Qazi’s extensive and in-depth survey of the emerging global scenario emphasized that shifts were taking place in power structure. Historically, great equilibriums have coincided with the rise of great power. However, “China was peacefully defining the global order”.   

                Dr. Talat Farooq, Research Fellow at ISSI in her expose on “US-Pakistan Relations: Will Trump Embrace or Erase Obama’s Foreign Policy?” dilated upon the context and nature of Pakistan-US relations within the framework of triangular relationship between US-India-Pakistan. In her assessment Pentagon was likely to play a prominent role.  Ms. Shamsa Nawaz of ISSI spoke on “US-European Relations: Identifying the Central Pillars of Cooperation under Trump”. Her focus was on developments related to NATO and the US perceptions on the Organization’s defence expenditures and apparent shifting US interests in Trans-Atlantic relationship. Dr. Imran Syed of CPS dilated upon “US-North American Ties: Continuities and Discontinuities” focusing on US relations with Canada and Mexico with references to NAFTA, trade and commercial relations. Ambassador Saeed Khalid shared his thoughts on “The Future of US-Russia Relations” centering on the controversies generated in the election campaign context. He predicted continuation of an uneasy relationship between US and Russia. 

                The Chief Guest, Former Foreign Minister, Mr. Inam ul Haq in his summation identified the general features of the global order. He broadly referred to such dimensions as environmental and climate challenges and the increasing role of people in determining the global trends. While alluding to globalization, he mentioned that while countries like the US and those in Europe were attempting to move towards protectionism, Chinese policies were promoting globalized frameworks. While expressing the vote of thanks, Ambassador Fauzia Nasreen, Head, CPS observed that there was manifestation of xenophobic sentiments in America and Europe and President Trump symbolized that sentiment. Within the context of US-China relations she drew attention to the North Korean imbroglio which could provide space for constructive engagement between US and China. On the question of terrorism she said that while terrorism posed a common challenge for all there was no convergence regionally or internationally on how to manage that threat.

                In the question-answer session, there was active participation of the audience, who commented on the presentations and sought clarification on a number of statements made. 

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