HECAP Call for Short-term Visits (July to December) Apply by 15 March
The ICTP High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (HECAP) Section offers every year a number of grants for short-term visits. The purpose of the visits is to perform theoretical studies in HECAP's areas of expertise and in close interaction with the Section's resident staff and visiting scientists.
Short-term visits may be for a maximum period of 3 months.
Scientists working in and nationals of developing countries are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to requests for visits outside the summer period.
A short research plan for the expected visit at ICTP should also be added and at least one letter of recommendation is required for junior scientists, postdocs and graduate students. The letter is to be sent separately by the referee after submission of the application.
Application deadline: 15 March 2024 for visits to take place from July to December 2024.
University of Gloucestershire Explores Collaborative Opportunities with CUI
Islamabad, January 31, 2024 – Exciting developments unfolded as Dr. Mathews Andrews, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Governance and Students Affairs of the University of Gloucestershire (UoG), United Kingdom visited CUI on January 31, 2024. He was accompanied by Global University Systems (GUS) officials including Professor Ashraf Jawaid OBE, CEO of International Partnerships, Professor Faisal Azeem, Managing Director of International Business, and Ms. Sabahat Khan, CEO Pakistan.
The meeting – attended by CUI officials included Professor Sohail Asghar, In-charge, Islamabad Campus, Dr. Tahir Naeem, Director (P&D/HRD), Prof. Dr. Saqib Gulzar, Dean, Faculty of Business Administration, Dr. Hammad Omer, T.I., Head, International Office, Mr. Ali Tawab Baloch, Senior Manager, International Office and Dr. Inayat Kalim, HoD, Department of Humanities, Islamabad Campus – set the stage for potential collaborations.
The Head IO CUI provided an overview of CUI through a detailed presentation. He proposed future collaborations between CUI and UoG, which included academic exchange programs (for both students and faculty), joint supervision of PhD students, dual/ double/ joint degree programs, joint research initiatives like UK grant, post-doc fellowships for CUI faculty, joint convening of workshops, conferences, seminars, and training sessions, admission of CUI graduates in MS/ PhD, and resource and support.
Dr. Mathews expressed a keen interest of the UoG in collaboration with CUI, particularly in the vibrant arts and design programs. Both the institutions considered the possibility of launching short-term training programs, drawing inspiration from successful such initiatives that CUI had with the University of Bedfordshire UK in the past. Discussions on 3+1 and 2+2 models highlighted the need for approval from the HEC. In the event of a 3+1 program, UoG committed to providing a significant fee concession of £5,000, adding an appealing incentive for CUI students. The Pro-Vice Chancellor also expressed openness to exploring potential collaborations regarding a three-month certification courses for CUI students.
The delegation called on the Rector CUI, Prof. Dr. Sajid Qamar, and was given a tour of the campus. Emphasizing a preference for direct engagement, CUI expressed enthusiasm for fostering collaborations without involving intermediaries. The meeting concluded on a positive note, reflecting a shared vision and ambition for the future higher education collaboration.
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German Ambassador Honors Special Meetup with German Alumni at COMSATS University Islamabad
Islamabad, January 17, 2024 – H.E. Mr. Alfred Grannas, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Islamabad added distinction to a special meeting with German alumni here at COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) on January 17, 2024. The event was also graced with the presence of Ms. Yasmin Paracha, Interim Director of the DAAD Information Centre, Islamabad.
Prof. Dr. Sajid Qamar, Rector CUI, extended a warm welcome to the distinguished guests and highlighted the significant contributions of German alumni of the university, illustrating the lasting bonds between the two nations. The university forged academic, cultural, research and scientific connections with Germany in 2005 under the leadership of the founding Rector, Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi, H.I., S.I., who was also present during the event. “The university features one of the longest and most extensive partnerships with Germany”, Dr. Qamar revealed.
The Head of the International Office of CUI, Dr. Hammad Omer, T.I., presented a detailed briefing to the envoy on CUI’s achievements and 25-year milestones, showcasing its extensive engagement with Germany. Currently, operating in seven campuses in Pakistan having over 1,100 PhD faculty members, the university offers more than 100 degree programs, with a student population exceeding 34,500, including 360 international students. Over 93,000 students, including 846 PhDs, have graduated from the university. CUI is ranked by THE World University Rankings 2024 holding a position in the band of 601-800 globally, securing the 6th position in Pakistan. Prof. Dr. Jamshed Iqbal, T.I., Head of CUI’s Centre for Advanced Drug Research, serving as a focal person for CUI German Alumni, detailing the university’s collaborations with Germany, presented current and past collaborations. He acknowledged Ms. Yasmin for providing tenacious support of the DAAD.
During the gathering, the Ambassador witnessed a transformative impact of quality education on the lives of German alumni. The university sought valuable guidance and support from the Embassy in various areas, including establishing further connections with top German universities, hosting cultural activities, offering German classes, facilitating research collaborations particularly facilitating the German alumni to secure funding from DAAD and participating in faculty exchange programs.
Expressing admiration for CUI’s achievements, Ambassador Grannas commended CUI’s network with Germany and assured Embassy’s advice and assistance in strengthening ties with German institutions. Emphasizing the importance of bilateral relations, the Ambassador encouraged effective communication through DAAD Islamabad to facilitate further collaboration. He emphasized that building bilateral relations are a two-way street and the DAAD Islamabad can bridge the gap in establishing meaningful connection with Germany. In closing, the Ambassador stated, “the more you know what you want and who you need, the easier it is for us to help you find the right match for you.”
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ICCES Director Explores Transformative Collaboration with COMSATS University Islamabad
Islamabad, January 15, 2024 – COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) hosted Professor Dr. Zhaohui Lin, Director of the International Centre for Climate and Environment Sciences (ICCES), China on January 15, 2024, to explore collaborative opportunities in climate change and environmental sciences.
Key officials from CUI including the Rector, Prof. Dr. Sajid Qamar, Dr. Hammad Omer, T.I., Head, International Office, Dr. Muhammad Imran Shahzad, Head Department of Meteorology, Dr. Zahid Ali, Tenured Associate Professor, Department of Biosciences and Dr. Jabir H. Syed, Tenured Associate Professor, Department of Meteorology and In-charge China Study Centre, engaged in discussion with Dr. Lin on potential collaborations. The Centre, which is under the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, specializes in earth system modelling, meteorology, and environmental research.
At the onset of the meeting, the Rector extended a warm welcome to the Director ICCES, paving the way for insightful discussions on potential collaboration. The Head of the International Office provided an extensive overview of CUI, showcasing its rich academic prowess, milestones as well as global standings. The Rector expressed eagerness to leverage ICCES’ expertise, proposing joint research proposals. The In-charge China Study Centre highlighted the Department of Meteorology’s readiness for collaboration. Dr. Zahid Ali proposed joint research on climate change’s impact on allergenic pollens, aligning with ICCES’ research on asthma. The Head of Meteorology Department recommended a strategic approach and the creation of working groups for effective collaboration. Mr. Farhan Ansari, Deputy Director Programs, COMSATS Headquarters, assured full support of the Commission and unveiled funding opportunities for joint research through ANSO.
Dr. Lin highlighted ICCE’s research focuses on main areas aligned with UN SDGs, earth system model development, meteorological and environmental forecast, data assimilation, and earth system theory. He concluded by emphasizing collaboration between CUI and ICCES for joint publications and joint proposals, expressing ICCES’ openness to data sharing too.
The Director delivered an engaging lecture on the “Earth System Numerical Simulator and its Applications for Climate Studies”, drawing an attentive audience from the distinguished faculty and eager students of the Department of Meteorology of Islamabad Campus. The visit concluded with lab tours of Biosciences and Electrical Engineering Departments and China Study Centre.
The collaboration signifies a transformative step in addressing global challenges, marking a new era of joint research and innovation between CUI and ICCES China.
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Exciting Academic Collaboration Models Proposed by Steinbeis University, Germany at COMSATS University Islamabad
Islamabad: December 18, 2023 – Mr. Zaland Khan Khattak, Managing Director of Steinbeis University, Germany in his recent visit at COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) on December 18, 2023 unveiled unique academic collaboration models with CUI. The meeting was attended by the International Office team including Dr. Hammad Omer, T.I., Head, Mr. Ali Tawab Baloch, Senior Manager, Mr. Muhammad Abbas Baloch, Senior Program Officer and Mr. Arif Awan, Senior Program Officer explored innovative partnerships between the two institutions.
The meeting explored innovative academic collaboration models proposed by the Steinbeis University, Germany with CUI. Among the highlights of proposed models were the affiliated/ delivery partnership model provisions of which are allowed under the existing transnational education (TNE) policy of Higher Education Commission (HEC). The other proposed models were a 1+1 program, offering a unique blend of online study at CUI in first year and then physical immersion at Steinbeis in the second year. Exclusive scholarships and recruiting initiatives were also proposed, featuring awareness sessions, pathways to admissions and a substantial 50% discount for CUI students for undertaking certificates and diploma programs.
These visionary models aim to reshape academic ties, introducing benefits such as hybrid teaching, faculty exchange and establishment of a German Centre, which Steinbeis University intends to establish at CUI Islamabad Campus.
Dr. Hammad Omer assured the possibility of thoroughly examining the proposed models. To facilitate this, he confirmed his commitment to convening an internal meeting involving key stakeholders of CUI to collectively address these pertinent models.
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