Prof Stephen E. Onah, Director /Chief Executive National Mathematical Centre (NMC), Abuja, Nigeria visited COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad from 18-21 January, 2018 in order to explore opportunities of collaboration with the Mathematics Department. The visit took place upon the invitation of COMSATS Headquarters. He showed keen interest in the research work being carried-out at CIIT especially in the areas of Mathematics to pave the way for enhanced future collaboration.
A welcome/brief meeting was held between Director (NMC) and the Rector, joined by Dr. Arshad Salim Bhatti, Dean Faculty of Sciences, Prof. Dr. Moiz ud Din Khan, Chairman Mathematics Department, Dr. Arshad S. Malik, Head International Office, Dr. Ishtiaq Ali, Associate Head, Mathematics Department, Muhammad Taj Arsal, Assistant Registrar.
Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar (T.I) Rector, briefed the Director regarding different achievements of CIIT in academics and research and with reference to its enviable international rankings among the world and regional universities. Rector offered expertise of CIIT in fields of Mathematics, e-Learning, Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences, Physics and Computer Science. Director NMC welcomed the suggestions. Director NMC acknowledged the efforts and contributions of CIIT in the field of education and research.
Dr. Malik apprised that overall 55 Nigerian students have benefited from CIIT, of which 25 are from NMC alone. Director, NMC informed that Minister (Education) of Nigeria was willing to visit the CIIT. Dr. Moiz suggested that CIIT could offer more opportunities for Post-Doctoral researchers. He further informed that one project of “International Thematic Research Group” is going on under the joint funding by ISESCO – COMSATS and more such tangible projects could be submitted in the future. NMC can send Senior Fellows for 1 to 3 months under HEC scheme for “Visiting Foreign Faculty Program”. Later on Dr. Bhatti joined and briefed about all departments i.e. Physics, Environmental Sciences, Pharmacy, Computer Science & Statistics and extended invitation to more researchers to come to CIIT. Director NMC expressed interest to enrich the research collaboration.
Further Director NMC attended the following different meetings:
- Meeting with Department of Mathematics
- Meeting with Executive Director COMSATS
- Meeting with Nigerian High Commissioner, Islamabad
- Meeting with Nigerian Students
- Meeting with Senior Faculty Members of Mathematics Department for Research Collaboration
A dinner hosted by the CIIT in the honor of Prof Stephen E. Onah, Director NMC and finally a short city tour was arranged for the guest.
The Director NMC expressed his gratitude over warm reception and hospitality of CIIT. He was hopeful that both institutions would keep on chasing new opportunities of mutual interest and growth of their respective organizations.
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