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  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020

  • CUI

  • Shama Munir

The Rector, COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI), Prof. Dr. Muhammad T. Afzal visited CUI Wah Campus on July 28, 2020. The Director Campus, Prof. Dr. Sajjad A. Madani and Head of the Departments welcomed the worthy Rector. The Director campus gave detailed presentation to the worthy Rector. The Rector visited Campus facilities and New City Phase-II campus site.

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  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020

  • CUI

  • International Office

The Coordinator General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary visited COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) on July 16, 2020. Prof. Choudhary was warmly welcomed by Rector CUI Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar. The formal meeting was attended by the senior management of CUI including the Rector, Registrar, Dean Sciences, Eminent Professors, Director CUI Lahore Campus/ Executive Director Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) who joined meeting through video link and the Head International Office. Program Officer COMSTECH also attended the meeting.

The Rector gave details of different CUI activities, its engagements with OIC member countries, scholarships and research fellowships given to OIC member countries and long list of activities of INIT. In addition, he gave different research initiatives which CUI took for Covid testing and supply of ventilators during the pandemic. Prof. Dr. Arshad Bhatti gave details of his research work especially with Philips. The Registrar gave details of different research activities, patents filled/ awarded and their commercialization. The Executive Director INIT/ Director CUI Lahore campus gave details of different activities of INIT.

The Coordinator General COMSTECH appreciated CUI efforts for offering different scholarships/ fellowships, research & development activities for combatting Covid-19; and activities of INIT. He briefed about the future areas and priorities of COMSTECH to work jointly with CUI. Various possibilities to enhance Science and Technology cooperation were mutually discussed. Prof. Choudhary proposed further cooperation with CUI with a focus on African countries, women in science and Muslim minorities in non-Muslim countries.

The Coordinator General COMSTECH further suggested to establish a COMSTECH funded consortium of excellence which will offer Research Fellowships of 6-12-month duration, opportunities of mobilities for distinguish scholars to travel among OIC world for structured research & development activities and to offer technical trainings on scientific equipment(s) among the member countries.

Coordinator General COMSTECH informed that INIT is one of the most active networks of COMSTECH. It was agreed to further mobilize INIT to initiate work on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. It was discussed that INIT should hold multiple events in year 2021, at least one each in the geographical areas of African, Arabian, and Central Asian countries.

It was also agreed to sign collaboration between the two entities to further strengthen collaborative activities as well as work jointly for the betterment of Muslim ummah.

At the end, a CUI memento was presented to the honorable guest by Rector CUI and a group photo was snapped.

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  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020

  • CUI

  • Muhammad Waqas Altaf

Visit to Pakistan Meteorological Department

A visit to Pakistan Meteorological Department was arranged by Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD), on Monday 17 February 2020. Faculty members from CCRD were briefed about the facilities available at PMD with regard to Climate science, Radar and Computer labs.

Mr. Burhan Ahmad, Meteorologist (R&D) at PMD apprised CCRD faculty about the Radar section and Numerical Weather Prediction Center. In radar section, Mr. Waqas gave a comprehensive presentation about Radar, its calibration process and functions. In Numerical Weather Prediction section, Mr. Burhan Ahmad briefed about short, medium and long-term forecasting. He discussed about Global Circulation Model (GCMs) for climate change impact assessment. Further, he explained about Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs), data collection and statistical downscaling.

During the visit it was discussed how CCRD and PMD can collaborate in future in terms of seminars and trainings. 

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  • Thursday, February 13, 2020

  • CUI

  • International Office

On January 20, 2020, Mr. Ali Tawab Baloch, Head International Office CUI, met with the Director General Industrial Technology Institute (CISIR), Dr. Radhika Samarasekera, in Colombo Sri Lanka. ITI also being a COMSATS Center of Excellence, the meet up was intended to explore cooperation areas including study prospects available at COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) for the researchers, students and faculty of ITI to enhance educational linkages between both the centers of excellence.

Head IO was warmly welcomed by Dr. Radhika and her team. Dr. Radhika assured of complete support from ITI for strengthening the cooperation with CUI. Mr. Tawab explained about the current opportunities and scholarships being offered at CUI for ITI students and faculty. The projects of mutual interests were also deliberated upon during the meeting. It was mutually agreed to initiate joint activities such as student and faculty exchange from both sides and  seminars, workshops, lectures etc.

The meeting was concluded with the exchange of appreciation and a commitment to make all efforts for better cooperation in future.

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020

  • CUI

  • International Office

A 3-member delegation from University of Palermo, Italy comprising of Rector, Dean and Head Data Management and Programming visited COMSATS University Islamabad. The purpose of their visit was to explore possibilities of cooperation and collaboration with CUI. The Head International Office (IO) and In-charge China Study Center (CSC), Mr. Ali Tawab Baloch along with his team welcomed the delegates.

An official meeting was arranged with the delegates. It was chaired by the Dean Faculty of Business Administration, Prof. Dr. Khalid Riaz. HoD Management Sciences Department, Dr. Osman Sadiq Paracha; Principal Research Officer Management Sciences Department, Dr. Aurangzeb Khan; Head IO, Mr. Ali Tawab Baloch and his team were also present in the meeting. Head IO gave a presentation to the delegates to familiarize them with various campuses, milestones, strengths and achievements of CUI. Afterwards, Prof. Fabrizio Micari, Rector University of Palermo, also presented an introduction to his university and elaborated important statistical details and strengths of University of Palermo.

Concrete discussions were carried out between the representatives of both universities to initiate cooperation. After identifying various areas and possibilities to foster linkages it was agreed to start with student and faculty exchange under the Erasmus+ mobility program. Both sides agreed to actively engage in days to come for giving shape to the discussed ideas.

The delegation was also given a detailed tour of the Junaid Zaidi Library. They were very appreciative of the ambiance, centralized, automated and easy to access system of the Library.

At the conclusion, tokens of appreciation were exchanged and a group photo was taken.

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