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.
Executive Director Holds Meetings with High Officials of the Government of Jamaica
Two high-level meetings were held by the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. I. E. Qureshi, on 24th and 25th March, 2015, during his visit to COMSATS' Member State, Jamaica.... [ Read more ]
23rd March 2015
ICENS-Jamaica Welcomes Executive Director COMSATS
The COMSATS' Centre of Excellence (COE) in Jamaica, the International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (ICENS), Kingston, Jamaica, opened its doors to welcome Executive Director COMSATS in his maiden visit to the Centre on 23rd March 2015. Located in the picturesque setting of Blue Mountain backdrop, amidst vibrant .... [ Read more ]
19th March 2015
UNESCO-CIIT Cooperation Discussed at UNESCO Headquarters
Following the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and first Working Group meeting held at the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. I. E. Qureshi held meetings with senior UNESCO officials in which he discussed the on-going.... [ Read more ]
18th March 2015
First Meeting of COMSATS and UNESCO Working Group
The first meeting of the Working Group of COMSATS and UNESCO was held on18th March 2015, soon after an MoU was signed between the two organizations. The Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. I. E. Qureshi and the Director International Basic Sciences Programmes (IBSP), Division of Science Policy, UNESCO, Dr. Maciej Jan Nalecz, leading .... [ Read more ]
18th March 2015
COMSATS and UNESCO Sign an Agreement for S&T Cooperation
On 18th March 2015, COMSATS and UNESCO formalized their cooperative relations through signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France. The overall objective of the MoU is to provide a framework for cooperation between UNESCO and COMSATS to support the development of more effective and relevant .... [ Read more ]
11th March 2015
Palestinian Ambassador to Pakistan Visits COMSATS Headquarters to Discuss Cooperation Ties
The Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Walid Abu Ali, visited COMSATS Headquarters on Wednesday, 11th March 2015, and held a meeting with the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi. He was accompanied by the First Secretary/... [ 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.
In view of the slow ingress of information technologies in developing countries and their critical importance for the greater pace of socio-economic development, COMSATS launched three projects in its host country during the period 1996-2001. These projects involved provision of reliable Internet services, high quality education in information technology, and utilization of Internet as a means of delivering healthcare services. These pioneering initiatives, two of which have became full-fledged institutions, are now designated as 'Flagship Projects' of COMSATS. The experience gained over the years in the operation of these ventures, listed below, is an invaluable resource for COMSATS' Member Countries.