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  • Friday, February 12, 2021

  • CUI

  • China Study Center

China Study Center, COMSATS University Islamabad, in collaboration with Academy of Tourism and Leisure, Department of Philosophy, Zhejiang University, and Leisure Association of Zhejiang Province, organized an International webinar on topic entitled “Emerging Trends in Leisure Options during and Post COVID 19 Pandemic”.

 

Rector CUI, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tabassum Afzal, in his opening speech appreciated this novel idea of leisure and recreational activities during post pandemic. He thanked the Director China Cultural Center in Pakistan, Mr. Zhang Heqing, for sparing his precious time for this event. He also focused on mutual collaboration with  Zhejiang University China, in future with CUI. 

 

Mr. Zhang Heqing, Director China Cultural Center in Pakistan, who was the Chief guest of the event, thanked China Study Center, CUI, and Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities, Zhejiang University China, for the joint efforts in organizing this significant webinar. He shared his three points about the influence of the Pandemic on our life such as; profound and extensive change in our life style, leisure options which have been effected dramatically by Covid-19, virus as our common enemy and our need to fight with it side by side for the final victory over it at last. He ensured the full support of Cultural office of Chinese Embassy in Pakistan in the field of culture and tourism and mutual learning among civilizations between China and Pakistan. In the end, he wished a very happy Chinese New Year and the webinar a grand success. 

Diverse array of speakers comprising academicians, people from corporate side, and dignitaries from ministries of different countries shared their insight about the topic. This webinar has catered interesting topics such as leisure for disabled people, digital leisure across different countries and intellectual discourse to get some policy guidelines for the government. It provides a platform for the people across the globe with multifarious culture to adapt new and dynamic leisure options emerged and available during pandemic. In this cross culture dialogue leisure options were not only revealed globally, but also new adjusting methods were suggested for maintaining healthy and safe life. The free talk session, the gist of the event was encapsulated with different suggestions and recommendations.

 

Incharge China Study Center, CUI, Mr. Ali Tawab, in his concluding remarks admired the efforts of managing speakers from many fold backgrounds. His inspirational remarks were quite motivational for all the participants. Prof. Dr. Liu Huimei, Vice Dean of Academy of Tourism and leisure, Department of Philosophy Zhejiang University; Chair of Leisure Association of Zhejiang Province, on the parallel suggested to find out the new avenues for our leisure time so that we should as a human recollect what is important for our mental, psychological, physical and also an economic well-being.

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  • Friday, January 29, 2021

  • CUI

  • PD HR

A webinar on Graduate Record Examination (GRE) was arranged on January 28, 2021 between 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM. This session was conducted via Zoom for the COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI), Islamabad.

The objective of this session was to familiarize the participants on the different sections of the GRE General Test.

The speakers for the workshop were Ms. Mashall Naeem Khan and Mr. Asad Ali Shah, Education Advisor at United States Education Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP). The speakers covered sections on Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing. The speakers also shared tips and strategies for attempting each section.

A good number of students and faculty members registered for this session. The participants keenly asked questions and appreciated the usefulness of the session. This session was organized by the Directorate of Planning, Development and Human Resource Development.

  • Monday, December 28, 2020

  • CUI

  • INIT

Webinar on “Changing Attitudes of Men towards Women and Technology”, August 24, 2020, WSIS Forum 2020, Geneva, Switzerland

 

INIT in collaboration with UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, COMSATS University Islamabad and Ministry of IT and Telecommunications Islamabad conducted a Webinar on “Changing Attitudes of Men towards Women and Technology” on August 24, 2020 at WSIS Forum 2020, Geneva, Switzerland.

 

The aim of this session was to showcase and validate the finding of the joint research conducted by INIT, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D and COMSATS University Islamabad to better understand men’s attitudes and behaviours towards women and technology in Pakistan.

 

The research undertook 12 focus groups (7 for men only, 4 for women only, and one mixed) using a broadly similar template for both men and women, that began with very broad and open questions and then focused down on more specific issues.  The sample included university students and staff studying and teaching STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), tech start-up companies, staff in small- and medium-sized enterprises, and also in an established engineering/IT company. Focus groups were held in Islamabad Capital Territory, Kashmir, Punjab and Sindh, and they were all approximately one hour in duration. The tentative findings were also discussed in informal interviews held in Pakistan with academics and practitioners to help validate their veracity and relevance.

 

The session also explored through real life accounts of women working in the technology sector and the challenges and barriers associated from the perspective of gender. Since the session was mainly focused on the case study focusing on Pakistan, COVID-19 implications on working from home and managing a balance in work and personal life from a south Asian cultural perspective were also discussed in detail.

 

Relevance with the WSIS Action Lines

 

  • ?1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • C6. Enabling Environment
  • C7. ICT Applications benefits in all aspects of life
  • E-Business
  • E-Employment diversity and local content
  • C10. Ethical dimensions of the information society
  • C8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic

 

Key achievements, announcements, launches, agreements, and commitments

 

Announcement of further strengthening the existing partnerships and conducting similar research in other OIC countries by INIT and UNESCO Chair in ICT4D.

 

  1. Main outcomes highlighting the following:

The following were the outcomes of the Webinar:

 

  1. Debated Issues
    • Please capture highlights of the main issues discussed and interactions with audience
    • Live Sign Language support was provided by INIT through Ms. Nasreen Aghai;
    • Need for policy guidance notes to minimize digital gender divide in developing countries;
    • Need of training and support focused on changing attitudes of men in the technology sector;
    • Infrastructure requirements for female employees.
    • Gender digital equality is worsening rather than getting better.

       

  2. Key achievements and challenges shared by the audience and/or panelists

     

    • SEHAT Kahani a Pakistani woman led technology startup for enabling female doctors to work from home after marriage was showcased a success story;
    • The research carried out by Dr. Akber Gardezi (COMSATS University Islamabad) and Prof. Tim Unwin (UNESCO Chair in ICT4D) in Pakistan and the guidance notes generated in English and URDU were also showcased (https://teqtogether.org/guidance-notes/).

       

  3. Quotes
    • Prof. Tim Stated “Digtal Gender Gap is worsening day by day despite all the efforts made on women empowerment”
    • Dr. Alo stated that “Digital Gender Divide is a big issue for many for many Nigerians, and for many African nations, the cost and where we are economically has been a major factor affecting the adoption of Technology and even more so for women who are less economically empowered”
    • Dr. Iffat stated that “Out of from 60 billion US dollar investment that happened globally in the last four years on technology only 1.8 billion US dollar investment was made in startups or companies build by a woman. And if you talk about Pakistan the situation is no different”

       

  4. Overall outcomes of the session highlighting
    • Main conclusions reached during the discussion
      • Need for effective technology policies to foster more inclusion of women;
      • Human Resource rules should be developed keeping the cultural barriers in mind for women.

         

    • The vision for implementation of WSIS Action lines beyond 2015
      • To achieve inclusion and reduce digital gender divide through C1 (Role public governance policy and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for Development);
      • To achieve inclusion and reduce digital gender divide through C7 ( Education and Governance)
      • To ensure C8 (Cultural diversity and identity , linguistics diversity and local content)

         

  5. Main linkages with the Sustainable Development Goals (please specify the SDGs)

    The thematic areas of the workshop focused on:

    • SDG 4: Quality Education
    • SDG 5: Gender Equality
    • SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

       

  6. Emerging Trends related to WSIS Action Lines identified during the meeting
    • There was a focus on ensuring more inclusive work places especially in the technology sector where lack of infrastructure were routinely pointed by panelists and audience for C1;
    • C10 was also touched upon the ethical dimensions of the information society;

       

  7. Suggestions for Thematic Aspects that might be included in the WSIS Forum 2021

Technology and inequality exploring the impact of monopolization.

Panelists:

The following panelists participated it the Webinar:

 

  1. 1.Prof. Tim Unwin

    UNESCO Chair, Emeritus Professor of Geography,

    UNESCO Chair in ICT for Development (ICT4D), Royal Holloway, University of London

     

  2. 2.Dr. Bushra Hassan

    Assistant Professor

    International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan

      

  3. 3.Dr. Tahir Naeem

    Director Lahore Campus (CUI) / Executive Director (INIT),

    COMSATS University, Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology

     

  4. 4.Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram

    CEO,

    Sehat Kahani, Pakistan

     

  5. 5.Dr. Alo Ohio-Omonkhomion

    CEO,

    Brains & Butter

     

  6. 6.Dr. Iffat Zafar Aga

    COO,

    Sehat Kahani, Pakistan

     

  7. Sahar Habib

    Communications Director,

    Code for Pakistan

     

  8. 8.Dr. Akber Gardezi

Assistant Professor,

COMSATS University, Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology

The recording of the Webinar can be accessed at https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2020/Agenda/Session/333  

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  • Thursday, December 10, 2020

  • CUI

  • Shama Munir

The Department of Computer Science arranged a Webinar titled “Understanding Free Lancing and Getting Started” on November 22, 2020 delivered by Mr. Hamza Tariq, Entrepreneur, full stack developer, full time freelancer, Expertise in Cloud DevOps. The resource person discussed free lancing, streaming and pursuing new ideas to be conceded for source of income. The resource person presented different levels of free lancing studies containing mechanical trucks, handy man, crafts man, unique and remarkable achievements and the ways of marketing.

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