COMSATS is an intergovernmental organization with its permanent Secretariat based in Islamabad, Pakistan. Established in 1994, the organization comprising 24 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 20 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.
International Conference and Exhibition on Renewable Energy Technologies concluded in Islamabad
The 3-day International Conference and Exhibition on Renewable Energy Technologies successfully concluded on 20th October 2016. COMSATS organized the event in collaboration with the Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) and ISESCO...... [ Read more ]
18th October 2016
COMSATS-PCRET-ISESCO International Conference on Renewable Energy Technologies Inaugurated in Islamabad
The International Conference and Exhibition on Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) was inaugurated in Islamabad on October 18, 2016, by the Pakistani Minister for Science and Technology, H.E. Mr. Rana Tanveer Hussain. The joint three-day event of COMSATS ..... [ Read more ]
28th September 2016
COMSATS' ITRG on 'Climate Change and Environmental Protection' holds its fifth meeting in Beijing, China
The fifth meeting of COMSATS' International Thematic Research Group (ITRG) on 'Climate Change and Environmental Protection' was held on 28th September 2016, in Beijing, China, in conjunction with the 15th CTWF International Symposium on Atmospheric Aerosol..... [ Read more ]
19th - 24th September 2016
COMSATS' collaborative events on Atmospheric Aerosol successfully held in Beijing, China
The 15th CTWF International Symposium on Atmospheric Aerosol (19-24 September 2016) and the International Lecture Courses on Atmospheric Aerosols (25-27 September 2016) were successfully held in Beijing, China. The events, which were hosted by COMSATS' Centre.... [ Read more ]
22nd September 2016
COMSATS Organizes Seminar to Commemorate UN's South-South Cooperation Day
COMSATS organized a Seminar on September 22, 2016, to commemorate the UN Day for South-South Cooperation, in Islamabad. The event was held in collaboration with Pakistan Academy of Sciences, at the latter's premises on the theme of 'Framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)'. Mr. Neil Buhne, UN Resident Coordinator and ... [ Read more ]
18th August 2016
COMSATS Publishes Urdu Translation of "One Hundred Reasons to Be a Scientist"
On August 18, 2016, COMSATS organized the launching ceremony of Urdu translation of the book titled, "One Hundred Reasons to Be a Scientist", which was originally published in 2004 by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy. The ceremony was presided over by former Rector International Islamic University .... [ 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.
The 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 become 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.