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  • Monday, October 16, 2023

  • CUI

  • International Office

Erasmus+ Worldwide Webinar 2023 (October 17-19, 2023)

The European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) has arranged an online webinar related to Erasmus+. This online-only event is designed for potential applicants worldwide to introduce the opportunities open under the international dimension of Erasmus+. It will also give newcomers and more experienced users the opportunity to submit written questions to European Commission’s staff. It is being organized in the run-up to the launch of the 2024 call for proposals.

The webinar will feature three sessions, each covering several different topics. The morning sessions (10:00-12:45) will be repeated in the afternoon (14:30-17:15) to cater for different time zones. These timings are Brussels time (CEST).

Tuesday 17 October:

General introduction – International Credit Mobility – Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

Wednesday 18 October:

Erasmus Mundus – Capacity Building for Higher Education – Jean Monnet Actions

Thursday 19 October:

Capacity Building for Vocational Education & Training – Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange – Capacity Building for Youth

You can find more information on this event page, which is where you will find the link to the web stream on the day.

A more detailed programme will appear on this page nearer the date.


Please attend this online webinar if you are interested to know more about Erasmus+.

  • Tuesday, October 3, 2023

  • CUI

  • INIT

The Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) in collaboration with COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) conducted a National Conversation Webinar on “Self-Engineered Sustainable Economic Development through National Industries Globalization in the Present-Day Competitive World Setting” on September 28, 2023, at 1000 hrs. The Webinar was intended to set down the way forward for deployment of science, technology and innovation for economic development in the developing countries including Pakistan. The keynote speaker of the Webinar was Prof. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the former Director, APCTT-UNESCAP and Emeritus Professor & Vice President, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand.

The Webinar began with a brief introduction of the Webinar by Dr. Tahir Naeem, Executive Director, INIT/ Director, Directorate of P & D and HRD, CUI, who was also the moderator of the event. In his opening remarks, he said that technological innovation is now the most important driver of success for nations as it determines sustainable economic development and environmental sustainability. He also underlined myriad ways in which industrial evolution enhances the quality of life and fosters economic growth in developing countries. He stressed that developing countries are required to respond through crafting policies and programs that seek to place knowledge and innovation as the principal drivers of technological and through it the economic transformation i.e. creating knowledge and the innovation economy. He acknowledged and highlighted the contributions and achievements of Prof. Nawaz Sharif in the field of technological innovation and thanked him for giving everyone the opportunity to benefit from his valuable knowledge and rich experience.

After the opening remarks, Prof. Dr Sajid Qamar, President, INIT/ Rector, CUI addressed the audience. In his speech he said that the raison d'etre of technology development does not vest exclusively in research and development rather in the interactive and reflexive relationship among market, governmental policy, national institutions; both formal and informal and the concomitant technological transformation. He talked about Prof. Sharif’s conviction of treating ‘orgaware’ as a component of technology, and his enunciation of the ‘Make Some - Buy Some’ option that highlights the role of institutions complimenting what has been theorized on the tenets of evolutionary and transaction cost economics. He further said that the role of institutions; both informal like ethics, norms, values, customs; and formal institutions such as political will, role of the state, rule of law or those more specifically defined like constitution, laws, policies, organizations, contracts, hybrid networks, etc. shape the science and technology culture in a country. Lastly, he congratulated the organizers of the Webinar and said that in the midst of contemporary debates on ‘sustainable economic development’, there would not have been a better time to convene this Webinar. He appreciated the organizing team led by Dr. Tahir Naeem, Executive Director, INIT, and his colleagues and thanked Prof. Nawaz Sharif for taking time and making it possible to convene this immensely important Webinar.

The next address to the audience was made by Dr. S.M. Junaid Zaidi (H.I., S.I.), Former Executive Director, COMSATS, Former pro Chancellor & Founding Rector, CUI. He said that in an increasingly globalized socioeconomic setting, technology provides faith, hope and value for all mankind. He said that with the widening gap between the haves and have-nots, the crucial role of technology has also come to the forefront; and it is universally considered as the only hope for bridging the prosperity gap. Thus, the process of socioeconomic advancement is inextricably bound with the management of technology for development. He further said that technology per se may be developed for war, prestige, market competition, and social welfare. But "technology for development" is simply the application of technology for socioeconomic progress. Hence, application of technology for development is of paramount importance for all the countries of the world—for the survival of the poor millions in the countries of the South and also for the continued prosperity of the people in the countries of the North. Talking about his long association with Prof. Nawaz Sharif, he said that during the years of his leadership at APCTT in Bangalore, Prof. Nawaz Sharif organized a number of Expert Group meetings to fully comprehend various aspects of integrating technological considerations with national economic development planning process. He said that he can recall that during those days in mid 80s, Dr. Hyung Sup Choi of South Korea and Dr Taro Nakayama of Japan were frequent visitors there and they were specially invited to advise APCTT on the Technology Atlas and other projects, then in hand at APCTT, Bangalore. He informed the audience that after completion of the Technology Atlas project, Prof. Nawaz Sharif was engaged as Team Leader on many "Technology for Development" related projects in the Asian region, specifically those in Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines. He also informed the participants as how under auspices of Science and Technology Capacity Building Project funded by UNDP, Prof. Nawaz Sharif as Team Leader undertook the preparation of twelve country studies regarding the status of "Technology Policies and Planning". The countries included, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Lastly, he congratulated and appreciated the organizers for their great effort in organizing the Webinar.

In the first session of the Webinar, the keynote speaker, Prof. Nawaz Sharif shared his thoughts and experiences related to “Self-Engineered Sustainable Economic Development through National Industries Globalization”. Prof. Nawaz Sharif shared in detail his decades of experience in advising governments in the Asia-Pacific region, and international agencies, on sustainable economic development and technology planning and policies.

Prof. Nawaz Sharif’s talk was composed of five parts. The first part of his presentation focused on “Rationale and Imperatives for National Industries Globalization” in which he described in detail as how the industrial technology innovations are shaping the new world order. The second part of his presentation focused on “Technology System Elements in Production Manager’s Toolbox where he reasoned the essentiality of manager's toolbox in overseeing and optimizing manufacturing processes as within this toolbox, various technology system elements play a crucial role in ensuring efficiency, productivity, and quality control. The third part of his presentation focused on “Product-Process Innovation Cycles and Institutional Ecosystem” where he talked about how product-process innovation cycles and the institutional ecosystem are two critical components of a dynamic and evolving business environment, and both being closely interconnected play a significant role in shaping the competitive landscape for companies. The fourth part of his presentation focused on “Primary Apprehensions, Strategies, Procedures and Challenges” where he said that industrial globalization presents both opportunities and challenges, and in order to succeed, companies must carefully assess the risks and benefits, develop tailored strategies, and implement efficient procedures to navigate the complexities of operating in diverse global markets. The fifth part and last part of his presentation focused on “A Few Questions and Mindsets for Self-Engineering Resolution” in which he highlighted the importance of self-engineering. He said that self-engineering resolution is a process of actively shaping and improving a country’s fate for the better, as only the right mindsets can enhance the ability to make positive changes and achieve the national economic goals. After the sessions, participants gave their rich feedback and asked questions which Prof. Nawaz Sharif answered very patiently and eloquently.

In the second session of the Webinar, Prof. Dr. Aqif Anwar Chaudhary, Head, Interdisciplinary Research Center in Biomedical Materials, CUI, Lahore Campus provided a national perspective on technological innovation in the field of biosciences. Prof. Aqif has a background in Material Science and Engineering with specialization in Biomedical Materials and currently leading a research group in bone repair and regeneration. Prof. Aqif briefed the audience about the achievements of CUI in the field of Biosciences and Biomedical Materials. He informed about the output of the research done by the faculty and students of CUI in the subject which not only benefitted humanity but also helped in entrepreneurial ventures and international collaborations opening employment opportunities for the youth.

The Webinar was a huge success as it was enthusiastically participated by around 300 people from various walks of life including academia, research, commerce and industry, information technology, entrepreneurship, environmental sciences, communication and so on. The Webinar was also live streamed in all campuses of CUI to enable students and faculty to gain valuable knowledge about national and international perceptive on technological innovation and industrial globalization.

Program of Webinar

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  • Wednesday, September 27, 2023

  • CUI

  • INIT

Webinar on Self-Engineered Sustainable Economic Development through National Industries Globalization in the Present-Day Competitive World Setting”, scheduled to be held at 1000 hrs on September 28, 2023.

  • Thursday, August 10, 2023

  • CUI

  • CCRD

  • Webinar was live telecasted on COMSATS Secretariat YouTube channel (

  • Webinar was started with the welcome remarks of worthy Amb. Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, from COMSATS Secretariat. He elaborated the aim of webinar, which is to enhance the understanding of the impacts of El-Nino on Global south. He further emphasized on fostering the South-South cooperation in areas such as technology transfer, resource sharing and capacity building.

  • Dr zaheer Ahmed Baber, Director National Weather Forecasting Center, PMD Islamabad acts as a moderator of the webinar.

  • Dr Ahad Vazifeh, Phd Meteorology, Director National Center for Climate Services and Drought Monitoring, Iran National Meteorological Organization gave a presentation on “Understanding El-Nino and its relationship with Climate Change”. Dr Ahad briefed about the El-Nino Forecast for 2023/2024 weather season. Active El-nino is forecasted over the upcoming fall season. He shared teleconnection of El-Nino with Precipitation and position of subtropical jet stream.

  • Dr. Vanissa Surapipith Ph.D. Depty Director of Thailand’s Hub of Talent on Air Pollution and Climate, Collaborating Center for Clean Air and Climate Change presented her session on “Impacts on El-Nino on Air Quality and interaction with the monsoon system in Southeast Asia”. She addressed that ENSO accounts for approximately 33% of PM10 annual amplitude variation.      

  • Prof. Dr. Dambaru Ballab Kattel, Associate Professor Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research Chinese Academy of Sciences, talked about ENSO and discussed that ENSO is a natural phenomenon and presently no model is being made to predict ENSO accurately on decadal scale.

  • Dr. Sher Muhammad, Cryosphere Specialist participated on behalf of Prof. Fei Zheng. Dr. Sher enlightened the participants about “Increasing Risk from Glaciers and Snow in a Changing Climate”. He shared snow anomaly (November 2022-May 2023) and said that exceptional snow cover in the Hindukush Karakoram and Himalaya region this winter with a remarkable 53 % above normal which will impact all the major river basin in future.

  • Closing remarks for this webinar were from Dr. Mehwish Qayyum Durani, Additional Director, International Cooperation and Head CCCS, COMSATS Headquarters.

  • Only one question was entertained by the panel due to paucity of time and adaptation strategies were not specifically discussed during the webinar.

Mr. Muhammad Ali, Research Associate at CCRD, presented CCRD at the webinar.

  • Wednesday, June 21, 2023

  • Business

  • International Office

I am pleased to inform you regarding the webinar on ‘Advancing Climate Diplomacy in the Global South: The Road to COP28’, which is being organized from the platform of COMSATS Centre for Climate and Sustainability (CCCS) on 22nd June 2023 (Thursday) at 09:00 am - 11:00 am GMT / 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm PST.

This webinar aims to provide a forum to explore the specific challenges faced by the Global South in the Climate Diplomacy and the key role they play in shaping the international negotiations.


The webinar will focus on the following themes:

·       Climate Diplomacy and its significance in addressing the Global climate challenges;

·       Key priorities and expectations of the Global South for COP28;

·       Successful examples of Climate Diplomacy from the Global South; and

·       Innovative strategies for effective Climate Diplomacy in the Global South.


You are cordially invited to attend the webinar. It may kindly be noted that participation of Speakers as well as participants would be enabled through Zoom video communication platform while the webinar will also be live streamed on COMSATS’ official YouTube channel ( for broader audience. Kindly register on the web link given above. Please also find attached herewith the tentative programme and flyer.


Looking forward to your participation at the webinar on 22nd June 2023 (09:00 am - 11:00 am GMT).

Please find attached files.