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HIAST Organises International Seminar with the Support of ISESCO and COMSATS

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The Higher Institute for Applied Science and Technology (HIAST) organized a three-day international seminar on “Bridging Gaps for Industrial Development: Interface between Academia, Policy Making, and Industry”, from 27th to 29th July 2009, at HIAST, Damascus-Syria, under the aegis of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS).

The purpose of the seminar was to create awareness and highlight the usefulness of industrial development in the developing economies. Besides the host country, Syria, participants from Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan and Sudan, took part in this event and presented papers on the subject covering its various aspects. The seminar provided an opportunity to scholars, academicians, scientists, industrialists, government-representatives, policy-makers, entrepreneurs and non-profit organisations to interact, share ideas for fostering collaborative leadership skills and develop partners to meet the challenges of the new global economic landscape.

In his message, Dr. I.E. Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS, appreciated HIAST’s initiative to hold the seminar in Syria and assured it of COMSATS’ continued support for its future ventures. Besides highlighting COMSATS’ efforts towards sustainable development in the South, he called to attention the role that Academia-Industry partnership could play in achieving a number of social objectives, such as employment generation, poverty alleviation, gender equality, higher labour standards and an improved access to education and healthcare.

A strong participation from the Syrian industrial sector, ministries and educational institutions, apart from foreign delegates, played a vital role in the success of the seminar. The recommendations that were made provided guidelines for scientific research, suggested improvements in educational system and curricula, and took under consideration the avenues for transforming scientific research into industrial applications. Furthermore, it was suggested that universities, research centres and industrial institutions should be provided with more forums for exchange of experience in the form of annual exhibitions.

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Workshop on Metrology for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Gebze Kocaeli, Turkey
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

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The important role of the Quality Infrastructure, comprised of metrology, standardization, accreditation and certification institutions, in the process of socio-economic development of countries cannot be overemphasized. They provide a critically important technical foundation for industrial development and global trade, and functioning national measurement systems support in increasing industrial productivity and enhancement of product quality for international markets.

Many developing countries, particularly Least Developed Countries (LDCs), do not have adequate quality infrastructures, which limits their economic development prospects as products and services fail to meet the demands of domestic and international customers as well as requirements imposed by mandatory regulations. A component of this problem is that these countries lack the requisite technical expertise and knowledge concerning the development, operation and maintenance of metrology facilities, which technically underpin all other functions of the quality infrastructure.

There is, therefore, an urgent need to intensify efforts for capacity building of relevant organizations in the developing countries in order to enhance their expertise and upgrade their infrastructure in the area of metrology, thereby also spurring development in other areas of the quality infrastructure and ultimately facilitating industrial development, growth in trade and a rise in societal well-being.


Keeping the above in view, the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); and the TUBITAK National Metrology Institute (TUBITAK UME), Turkey; are jointly organizing a two-day workshop on Metrology for the Least Developed Countries.

The workshop will be held on 26 – 27 November 2018 (Monday-Tuesday), which will be hosted by the TUBITAK National Metrology Institute in Gebze, Turkey.


The primary objective of the workshop is to enhance the knowledge-base, expertise and capacity of the institutions working in the field of metrology in the least developed countries, as well as to prepare roadmaps towards addressing their needs to develop metrology infrastructures with the capability of supporting their economies.

The workshop shall also facilitate the building of regional and international partnerships for the sharing of approaches and best practices in the field of metrology.


The workshop will include technical presentations by relevant subject experts and scientists belonging to LDCs, Member States of COMSATS and international development organizations, as well as discussion sessions and laboratory visits.


The focus of the workshop is on the least developed countries, particularly those that are also members of COMSATS, namely Bangladesh, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The policy makers, scientists and experts in the field of metrology belonging to the least developed countries and the Member States of COMSATS, as well as representatives of relevant international development organizations and donor agencies are invited to participate in the event.


Partial or full financial support will be provided to selected foreign participants from LDCs and Member States of COMSATS.


Mr. Omer Altan
Head of International Relations Department
Barış Mah. Dr. Zeki Acar Cad. No:1
41470 Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey
Tel: 90 262 679 50 00 ext. 2901

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters,
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, Sector G-5/2,
Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92 51 9214515-7 ext. 209

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