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Posted on: Thursday, April 26, 2018

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The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) organized a seminar on "Multiculturalism Policies and the Promotion of Diversity & Inclusion"  on 25 April 2018 at the Conference Hall, Junaid Zaidi Library, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad.

The keynote speaker was Mr. Perry J. Calderwood, High Commissioner of Canada, who gave a presentation on “Building a Diverse and Inclusive Society: The Canadian Experience”. He was followed by Dr. Imran Syed, Head CPS, who gave a presentation on “Multiculturalism and Interculturalism: The Problem with Defining the Problem”. The two presentations were followed by a question-answer session. The seminar attracted a lot of students and faculty and the Conference Hall was fully packed with many students sitting on the carpet in the aisles.

The seminar focused on the Canadian model, regarded by many as the most successful set of multiculturalism policies in the world. Even though the Canadian model has been more effective than others, in addressing cultural difference and promoting inclusion, still, it has faced challenges. The presenters looked at some of the challenges the Canadian model faced as it evolved and the challenges it continues to face.

The question-answer session was lively as the students explored how the Canadian experience could be of relevance to Pakistan. It was interesting how culture and politics intersected with students asking several question about Canadian foreign policy. The seminar  was very interactive with the students applauding during the presentation and in support of question and answers they liked.  


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