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.
Participants of 25th Advanced Diplomatic Course visit COMSATS Secretariat
A group of six mid-career diplomats from the COMSATS' Member Countries visited COMSATS Secretariat, Islamabad on an invitation from Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi, Executive Director COMSATS on 16th March 2017... [ Read more ]
15th March 2017
Minister for Science and Technology hosts a Dinner to Honor the New Executive Director COMSATS
On March 15, 2017, the Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan, H.E. Rana Tanveer Hussain, hosted a dinner to introduce the newly appointed Executive Director COMSATS to the diplomatic community of COMSATS Member States and a few non-members in Islamabad,... [ Read more ]
14th March 2017
COMSATS Inducts a Batch of Internees from Developing Countries
On 14th March 2017, a group of foreign students studying in COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) received an orientation session at COMSATS Secretariat in Islamabad. The group, comprising of 10 students from 7 developing countries, is being inducted as interns for the duration of their stay in Pakistan.... [ Read more ]
8th March 2017
The Executive Director COMSATS Delivers a Lecture to CIIT Faculty
On March 8, 2017, Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi, Executive Director COMSATS Secretariat, delivered a lecture at workshop being conducted at Faculty Development Academy of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT). The 5-week long workshop is being conducted from February 27th - March 31st 2017 for the young faculty of CIIT at FDA,..... [ Read more ]
19th - 23rd December 2016
6th International Workshop on 'Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards' successfully held in Rabat, Morocco
The 6th International Workshop on 'Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards' was held from 19th to 23rd December 2016, in Rabat, Morocco. The event was jointly organized by COMSATS; the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); and the Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT)..... [ Read more ]
20th December 2016
COMSATS' Delegation Meet the Senior Officials of Mohamed V University, Rabat, Morocco
A delegation of COMSATS visited the Mohamed V University, Rabat, Morocco, on 20th December 2016, and held a meeting with its senior officials with a view to discuss matters related to the University's induction in COMSATS' Network of Centres of Excellence..... [ Read more ]
28th - 30th November 2016
International Workshop on Nanotechnology for Young Scientists (IWYS-2016) held in Malaysia
The first International Workshop on Nanotechnology for Young Scientists (IWYS-2016) was successfully held from 28th to 30th November 2016, in Selangor, Malaysia. The three-day event was jointly organized by COMSATS; the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia..... [ 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.