Collaboration Talks between CUI and Edith Cowan University Australia for Joint Ph.D. Program
Islamabad, November 28, 2023: A delegation from Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia, comprising Dr. Muhammad Rizwan Azhar, Discipline Coordinator and Lecturer in the School of Engineering, also serving as the Focal Person and International Coordinator for Pakistan, along with Mr. Adam Bryers, International Account Manager (Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Central Asia, Pakistan, Europe, Nepal) and Mr. Waasay Ahman Khan, new In-Country Representative (Pakistan, MENA), met with officials of COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) on November 28, 2023, to discuss possibility of collaboration on a joint Ph.D. program between CUI and ECU.
The officials from CUI who participated in the meeting were Prof. Dr. Shahzad A. Malik, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Dr. Laiq Khan, Chairperson, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering/ Focal Person, Dr. Hammad Omer (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz) Head, International Office, Mr. Ali Tawab Baloch, Senior Manager, International Office, Dr. Bakhtiar Ali, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, CUI Islamabad Campus, along with a team from the International Office.
The meeting aimed to foster collaboration possibilities between CUI and ECU for a joint Ph.D. program. Discussions covered preparation of documentation, achievements, challenges, and an action plan, emphasizing documents sharing, academic endorsement, and engagement with regulatory bodies.
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Collaboration between COMSATS University Islamabad and Technical University of Berlin Takes Stride Forward
Islamabad, October 10, 2023 — Dr. Oliver Görke, Chair of Advanced Ceramic Materials at Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany, visited COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) on October 10, 2023, to advance discussions on the ongoing collaboration between the two institutions.
The meeting saw the participation of key officials from both universities, including Dr. Hammad Omer, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Head International Office/ Tenured Associate Professor CUI, Mr. Ali Tawab Baloch, Senior Manager, International Office, and Dr. Asma Tufail Shah, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Research Center in Biomedical Materials (IRCBM), CUI Lahore Campus.
Dr. Omer welcomed Dr. Görke, providing an overview of CUI's vast academic landscape during a formal meeting. Dr. Görke, in turn, emphasized the significant presence of Pakistani students at TU Berlin and expressed the institution's keen interest in strengthening collaborative ties particularly in research with CUI. Dr. Shah highlighted the active collaboration between IRCBM and TU Berlin, dating back to 2016. Mr. Baloch provided insights into the collaboration process on activities, such as participation in conferences and other research prospects. Dr. Görke expressed TU Berlin's aspiration to deepen ties with CUI.
Discussions covered collaboration aspects involving the German Embassy in Islamabad, promotion of the German language at CUI and exploring collaboration in AI, CS, research topics, engineering science, commercialization of products and patents. Dr. Omer assured Dr. Görke of CUI's dedicated support in formalizing the MoU, actively pursuing Governmental approval to initiate collaborative activities promptly.
The visit concluded with a tour of CUI's campus facilities and mutual expressions of gratitude, setting the stage for a dynamic and fruitful partnership between CUI and TU Berlin.
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University of Manchester Explores Collaborative Prospects at COMSATS University Islamabad
Islamabad, September 19, 2023: Mr. Christopher Gibson, International Officer, University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom visited COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) on September 19, 2023. The delegation met with Mr. Ali Tawab Baloch, Senior Manager International Office and his team.
The meeting commenced with illuminating presentations on the respective institutions, underlining their distinct strengths and academic prowess. Mr. Gibson, during his presentation, delved into the minutiae of postgraduate degree fees and funding opportunities, encompassing tuition fees, the Bicentenary Global Futures Scholarships, British Council Scholarships, and British Chevening Scholarships.
A pivotal highlight of the meeting involved an exploration of potential avenues for collaboration and partnership between the two esteemed universities. The prospects explored were in particular the arrangement of awareness sessions, preferential pricing initiatives by UoM, international internship opportunities within Pakistan and at UK facilitated by UoM's partners, collaborative joint PhD programs, high-level faculty interactions, access to Erasmus funding, formalized instruments of collaboration and faculty exchange programs.
Mr. Baloch inquired about the feasibility of fee discounts for CUI students for studying at the University of Manchester, with a particular emphasis on Master's and PhD tuition fee reductions, which Mr. Gibson assured he will take it up with the UoM for provisioning such arrangements.
The meeting concluded on a promising note with both institutions keenly envisioning a mutually beneficial collaboration that will enhance academic opportunities and global perspectives. Mr. Gibson also visited academic facilities of CUI Islamabad campus.
Islamabad: A delegation from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) England visited COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) on January 16, 2023. Mr. Mark Coddington, Global Projects and Policy Manager, Office of the Principal, accompanied by Mr. Nabeel Vehra, Regional Advisor (Pakistan), Global Engagement Office, Directorate of Marketing and Communications were received and welcomed by Mr. Ali Tawab Baloch, Head International Office CUI. Subsequently, the delegation paid a call on the Rector CUI Prof. Dr. Muhammad T. Afzal.
Later, the delegation discussed possible collaborative options with CUI officials. Prof. Dr. Sajid Qamar, Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Prof. Dr. Saqib Gulzar, Dean, Faculty of Business Administration, Dr. Mustafa Nawaz Shafqat, Chairperson, Department of Biosciences, CUI Islamabad Campus and Mr. Ali Tawab Baloch, Head, International Office joined the conversation with the delegation about possible collaboration options between CUI and QMUL. Mr. Coddington highlighted that QMUL is a public research intensive university in England whose history dates back to 1785, with the founding of The London Hospital Medical College. QMUL’s has established, successful models of collaboration including 1+1, 4+1 and faculty mobility programs. He presented collaboration models for CUI students which included 1+1 (double degree program) and 4+1 through progression agreement program. For CUI faculty, the guests presented prospects of faculty mobility programs.
The delegation highlighted several benefits of 4+1 model for CUI students which included tuition fee discount, simplified application route, application support and enhanced channels of communication. The hosts suggested increase of discount for benefitting CUI students.
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The atmospheric/environmental pollution is recognized as the main driver of climate change which is one of the greatest challenges today and an important factor in shaping strategies for future sustainable development. Accordingly, there is a growing need of awareness, research, professional expertise and monitoring networks in environmental science and its applications specifically in the developing world.
In this regard, on Dec. 18, 2014 a video-conference meeting held between Department of Meteorology, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad and Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen, Germany conceived and facilitated by Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar, T.I. Dean of Research, Innovation and Commercialization, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad. The meeting aimed at exploring the possible collaboration between the two institutes. Dr. Kalim Ullah, Incharge / Head of the Department of the Meteorology briefed the participants about the scope and state of the art of Environmental Research at COMSATS whereas Priv.-Doz. Dr. Annette Ladstätter-Weißenmayer gave a presentation about the scientific expertise in Environmental Physics and Chemistry, ground, airborne and satellite based instrumentation, remote sensing and experience in establishing high level education and research in Atmospheric and Climate related fields. She expressed her willingness to provide training in ground and remotely based instrument/measurement techniques, analytic methods and numerical data analysis.
The meeting concluded with an understanding to move forward with a vision to share knowledge and expertise primarily for the benefit of MS and PhD students at COMSATS.
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