UK Alumni Get Together and Panel Discussion on “Reskilling for Jobs of the Future” 1700 hrs, March 6, 2019 in COMSATS University Islamabad

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The COMSATS University Islamabad in collaboration with the British Council, Pakistan organized UK Alumni get together and a stirring panel discussion on ‘Reskilling for Jobs of the Future’ on 6th of March 2019. In his welcome address, Prof. Dr. Junaid Mughal, In-charge Academics CUI, thanked the representatives of the British Council for bringing this discussion platform to CUI. He urged that it is the need of the hour to modify our present teaching methodologies and skills to focus on for the revolutionary times to come.

Ms. Sarah Parvez, Head of Education and Skills at British Council Pakistan was the moderator of the discussion. The panel consisted of Dr. Shahid A Khan, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, CUI; Ms. Humairah Jabeen, a Commonwealth Alumni having over 6 years’ experience in the Energy and FMCG sector in the technical capacity and Mr. Faran Mahmood, an expert on SDGs with a full spectrum of advisory, policy, fund-raising and programme management experience on his palette in government, international and local development sectors. Dr. Shahid A Khan shared a very thought-provoking video clip with the audience on how the speed of technological change is going to outpace the academia and policy makers unless they respond adequately to it and start acting now. He emphasized that though the expected digitalization is inspiring yet terrifying and that reskilling is a requirement of the future and that our youth must be trained for it.  Ms. Humairah spoke for the development, importance and need for the inculcation of non-cognitive skills and adaptability in our youth to equip them to face the challenges future has in store. Mr. Faran adding to the discussion said that it is highly likely that the linear model of education- employment and career may be disrupted by increased automation, artificial intelligence, robotics and internet of things for which all the instrumental sectors need to be prepared and which requires strong partnerships between policy makers, academia and industry.

After hearing a thriving discussion, UK Alumni in the audience spoke candidly about their own take on the topic. The discussion encouraged exchange of new and innovative ideas between academia, industry experts and youth participants.

It was concluded in the end that more of such events should be arranged with CUI as it has a large pool of about 400 UK alumni to analyse such challenging ideas highlighting the necessity of transformation and trends required for reskilling of our workforce.

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