COMSATS is an intergovernmental organization with its permanent Secretariat based in Islamabad, Pakistan. Established in 1994, the organization comprising 21 Member States, strives to promote South-South cooperation in the fields of Science and Technology that are most relevant to socio-economic development. A Network of 19 Centres of Excellence in four continents affiliated with COMSATS, provides the necessary pool of human resources and scientific infrastructure for undertaking a variety of capacity-building programmes, bilateral and multilateral cooperative research and consultancy/advocacy for the promotion of S&T as primary ingredient of national development plans. The mission of COMSATS is to help create a world where all nations are at peace with one another and capable of providing good quality of life to their populations in a sustainable way using modern S&T resources.
COMSATS also provides an institutional platform for North-South technical cooperation in areas of common interest such as Energy, Health, Education, Information Technology, and Environment. The flagship projects of COMSATS in Pakistan are open to all Member Countries for training and consultancy.
COMSATS launched its "Science Diplomacy" program on February 25, 2015, during a Roundtable Meeting held in Islamabad. Following the decision made by COMSATS Coordinating Council in its 17th meeting held in May 2014, the new initiative would be geared towards improving international relations among developing countries and supporting.... [ Read more ]
21st February 2015
Cooperative ties between COMSATS and ISESCO further strengthened
The senior officials of COMSATS Headquarters, led by Dr. I.E. Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS, held a luncheon meeting with H.E. Dr. Amina Obaid Ramadhan Alhajri, Deputy Director General ISESCO, on 21st February 2015, in Islamabad, in order to discuss matters.... [ Read more ]
19th - 20th December 2014
COMSATS and CERN to Share Resources for Science Teachers' Trainings
The Director-General CERN, Prof. Dr. Rolf-Dieter Heuer visited Pakistan on 19-20 December 2014, in connection with the signing of Pakistan's accession agreement as CERN Associate Member. Availing the opportunity of his presence in Islamabad, the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. I.E. Qureshi and senior officials.... [ Read more ]
16th December 2014
The Second Meeting of COMSATS' ITRG on ICTs held in Islamabad
The 2nd meeting of COMSATS' International Thematic Research Group (ITRG) on 'Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)' was held on 16th December 2014, at the Group's Lead Centre, the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad, Pakistan... [ Read more ]
16th December 2014
International Workshop on Applications of ICTs organized in Islamabad
COMSATS co-organized an International Workshop on 'Applications of ICTs in Education, Healthcare and Agriculture', in Islamabad, on December 15-16, 2014, in collaboration with Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT), and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT).... [ Read more ]
9th December 2014
4th International Workshop and Conference on Nano-materials and Nano-devices
The fourth International Workshop and Conference on 'Nano-materials and Nano-devices (IWCN-2014)' successfully concluded in Cairo, Egypt, on December 09, 2014. The IWCN was organized by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development ..... [ Read more ]
Capacity-building in various fields of science and technology that are most relevant to the developmental needs of the Member States constitute a major part of COMSATS’ Programmes. Some of the capacity-building activities of COMSATS, in the form of seminars, workshops and conference, have become recurrent features over the years. These activities are mostly held in collaboration with partner international partner organizations, like UNESCO, ISESCO, INIT, as well as COMSATS’ affiliated Centres of Excellence in the Member States. Some key recurring activities include:
COMSATS created International Thematic Research Groups (ITRGs) with an objective to achieve South-South cooperation by undertaking well-defined joint research projects in various S&T fields with the participation of researchers and scientists belonging to different R&D institutions from COMSATS' member countries and other developing countries.
TThe eight ITRGs of COMSATS with designated Lead Centres from amongst COMSATS’ Network are: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) (CIIT-Pakistan); 1. Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology (NRC-Egypt); Natural Products Sciences (ICCBS-Pakistan); Climate Change and Environmental Protection (ICCES-China); Materials Science (RSS-Jordan); Mathematical Modeling (NMC-Nigeria); Construction Materials (BRRI-Ghana); and Renewable Energy (IROST-Iran). The focus of these ITRGs is on joint research projects, expert-exchange, short-term trainings and sharing of facilities/laboratory resources. The Groups’ membership is open to all willing relevant institutions from the developing countries.
COMSATS’ intensive endeavours for the promotion of socio-economic development in its Member States for the past seventeen years have resulted in a wide range of benefits to them. Some of the notable achievements that can be cited as success stories are briefly given below: