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Third Regional Consultative Workshop on National Innovation System and Intellectual Property (Arab Region) concludes in Tunis, Tunisia

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The Third Regional Consultative Workshop on ‘National Innovation System and Intellectual Property’ for the Arab Region, was held successfully on October 5-7, 2015, in Tunis, Tunisia. This workshop was hosted by the Tunisian National Commission on Education, Science and Culture (TNCESC). The event was third of the series of workshops organized by the COMSATS in collaboration with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the Inter-Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT). The first two of the series for the Asian and African regions were held in Islamabad-Pakistan (2013) and Rabat-Morocco (2014), respectively.

In line with the theme of the series of workshops, this intellectual exchange activity was also meant to benefit middle to high level policy planners, IP practitioners and academicians. The key objectives of the workshop were to deliberate on the contours of National Innovation System (NIS) and IP Regimes in the Arab World; develop capacities of relevant stakeholders from the Member States of COMSATS, ISESCO and INIT; as well as to sensitize them on the need of having strong NIS/IP policies for effectively meeting the challenges of competitiveness in the midst of globalization and rapid technological transformation.

The three-day workshop was inaugurated on October 5, 2015, by the Assistant Secretary General, Tunisian National Commission on Education, Science and Culture (TNCESC), Mr. Mohamed Kamel Essid. Over 25 subject specialists, IP practitioners, experts and government functionaries, including 19 participants from 12 countries including China, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Sudan and Tunisia, as well as well as local Media persons, participated in the inaugural session. Twenty national and international institutions/organizations were represented on the workshop.

On the occasion, Mr. Essid conveyed the greetings of the Tunisian Minister of Education and the President of TNCESC. He stressed the importance of an efficient and a well thought out National Innovation System and IP regime for any developing country to prosper.

In his address delivered by Mrs. Wafaa El Alami, Head of Planning, Information and Documentation Centre (CPID) of ISESCO, H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director General, ISESCO, expressed his confidence in and fruitful cooperation with COMSATS and INIT, and thanked the host institution. He also touched upon the importance ISESCO attaches to scientific research and technological innovation.

Mr. Riad Ben Boubaker, Director, National Center for Educational Innovation and Research in Education (CNIPRE), representing the Minister for Education, Government of Tunisia, welcomed the participants, and appreciated the holding of a regional workshop on national systems of innovation and intellectual property in Tunisia. He hoped that the workshop will provide policy guidelines to the governments of the region for keeping pace with rapid developments taking place in today’s world.

The Executive Director INIT, Mr. Tahir Naeem underscored the need of efficient NIS/IP regime in the wake of decreasing marginal returns on investments in physical resources. He noted that knowledge and technology have assumed a centre stage for increasing productivity and competitiveness of firms, industries and in turn the (national) economies.

In his message read out on the occasion by Mr. Abdul Majid Qureshi, Research Scholar, the Executive Director COMSATS highlighted the key role the present governments have to play in today’s rapidly changing socio-economic environment. He called for creating enabling environment for innovation by harnessing the creativity of their people and enterprises, developing good management practices particularly in small and medium sized firms, as well as facilitating linkages among different stakeholders.

The technical proceedings of the event spread over seven technical sessions comprised of talks and presentations that highlighted the importance of a robust and efficient National Innovation System and its impact on the promotion of a culture of innovation and economy, particularly in the Arab region. It included country/organizational case studies highlighting successfully implemented NIS/IP frameworks/models in the region were presented to underscore the importance of IP towards valorization of innovation and the need to protect ideas and advances in knowledge.

Some of the country case studies presented were on: Moroccan Innovation Strategy – A National System of Innovation in Morocco; Understanding the National Innovation System and Building and Implementing a “Context Sensitive” National Innovation System: The Malaysian Experience; How to Promote Industry-University Collaborative Innovation: The Case of Tongji University; Innovation System in Oman; Optimizing Government R&D Subsidies to Facilitating Innovation in Private Sector: The Experience of China; An insight into Intellectual Property and Creativity in Palestine; The Role of Technology Innovation and Commercialization Offices‎ in Egyptian Universities and Research Institutions; Managing Intellectual Property within the Framework of National Innovation System in Sudan; National Innovation & IP System in Morocco; Academic Innovation Assistance Program – Omani Experience; The development of intellectual property protection in Lebanon and the laws in force which highlighted the achievements of the Intellectual Property Protection Office; and Patents for Nurturing Incremental Innovations in Tunisia.

The participants discussed challenges faced by developing countries in implementing effective IP regimes, including problems of drafting and examining patents. Several cases of Arab innovation system and frameworks of intellectual property being promulgated in these countries, and their role in making an economy knowledge-driven were discussed. Key issues relating to patent filing, and a need for greater awareness of IP was stressed and benefits to researchers and small industry were highlighted.

Finally, a round table discussion touched upon various aspects of the themes and resulted in the key recommendations to the organizers for improving the state of awareness on the subject in the developing world. The recommendations to the organizers called for adopting a “utility model” law to take advantage of scientific research and innovation results; creating a Network of Intellectual Property in the Arab and Islamic countries to share knowledge, experiences and expertise; supporting Arab and Islamic countries on the development of regulations relating to intellectual property in the legislative, technical and human and institutional fields; as well as organizing workshops in the future in cooperation with the intellectual property offices on writing and documenting the patents.

A city tour to the historic site of The Carthage National Museum and to the touristic destination of Sidi Bou Said was organized at the close of the second day of the Workshop. The tour underscored the historical significance of Tunisia as one of the oldest civilisations linking the rest of the world with Africa and the significance of knowledge economy and incremental innovations even during the Carthage civilization. The participants were then taken to the Ez-Zitouna Mosque which is known to host Islam’s first and oldest degree awarding university.

A resolution draft proposed by Mr. Tahir Naeem, urging the need to continue dialogue on a sustained basis and affirming the resolve to promoting the subject areas of the workshop, was adopted unanimously by the participants/organizers of the workshop.

The concluding ceremony of the workshop took place on October 7, 2015, which was also presided over by the Assistant Secretary General, TNCESC, Mr. Mohamed Kamel Essid. He lauded the organizers for sensitizing the stakeholder governments on key issue of NIS/IP for their socio-economic development. Mrs. Wafa El Alami, presented vote of thanks on behalf of the organizers and said that the proceedings of the workshop were indeed useful in understanding the regional imperatives for innovation and the challenges faced thereof. M. Nour-Eddine Boukharouaa, Chairman of the last technical session presented the vote of thanks on behalf of the participants of the workshop.

Mr. Tahir Naeem in his concluding remarks thanked the host institution for facilitating the round of discussions and stressed the need for addressing the challenges of National Innovation System and Intellectual Property through awareness and assertive action. The representative of COMSATS, Mr. Abdul Majid Qureshi, encouraged the participants to give their feedback to improve the outcomes of the future events of this activity. The participants of the workshop were awarded certificates of participation.

Upcoming Events

Seminar on SDGs Implementation: The Collaboration among Universities
Dec 12 all-day

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The Inter-University Consortium for the Promotion of Social-Sciences (IUCPSS), the largest alliance of more than 45 private and public universities, is launching its latest initiative entitled the ‘International Student Convention & Expo 2019: Securing Our Future’, an expo that runs from 10-13 December, 2018 at the Pak-China Friendship Center, in Islamabad, Pakistan. The event would provide an opportunity to Pakistani youth by providing a platform for interaction, networking and a range of diverse learning activities spread across the three days.

The event comprises of participation from 100+ Universities and Vice-Chancellors, 30+ countries, and 300+ international students to align youth efforts with global challenges and demands to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In order to channelize the youth to attain the SDGs, IUCPSS in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) and the Commission of Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) is holding a Seminar entitled ‘SDGs Implementation: The Collaboration among Universities’, on 12th December, 2018.

The Seminar would be an open forum to formulate clusters for the realization of the SDGs amongst the participating Universities, comprising of interactive brainstorming among the participants with an exclusive focus on the 17 SDGs. The session would initiate a process where the participants would voluntarily align their respective institutions with one or more than one SDGs and show commitment in formulating a plan with other participating Universities in the same areas of interest. Universities’ involvement in this event at the highest level will provide roadmap to the educational institutions in Pakistan towards achieving these goals. The seminar would be marked with the presence of leading figures, experts, and policy and decision makers to share their ideas on the realization of the SDGs.


Mr. M. Bilal Chouhan
Director (A&E)
COMSATS Secretariat, Islamabad
Tel: (051) 9214515-7

Ms. Rida Bokhari
Sr. Programme Officer
COMSATS Secretariat, Islamabad
Tel: (051) 9214515-7 Ext. 216

11th National Training Workshop on Repair and Maintenance of Scientific Instruments/ Equipment in Universities, Research Institutions, and Small Scale Industries, Gebze, Turkey
Dec 17 – Dec 21 all-day

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Scientific Research and Development activities are the most effective and sustainable tools in achieving long term national economic growth for the developing countries. A large proportion of this research is customarily conducted in the educational and industrial organizations, both in public and private sectors. The pace of research largely depends on the skills of the scientists and technicians, and the availability of well-maintained scientific instruments. In developing countries, lack of planning, in purchase and management of inventories and severe shortage of technical expertise related to repair and maintenance of the same greatly hampers smooth progress of research programmes. In this context, the teaching and research institutions suffer more from delayed research output and the industrial units face production losses.

Unfortunately, the concerned management in most of the developing countries, including Islamic Countries, do not pay enough attention to establish maintenance facilities, resulting in discarding a large number of very expensive instruments and equipment. These losses can be averted by spending a fraction of money on the effective and preventive repair and maintenance processes as compared to the costs incurred due to time losses and procurement of the new instruments and by providing relevant training to the operators, concerned engineers and technicians of such instruments, equipment, etc. There is a great need to develop an indigenous capacity to repair and maintain the scientific equipment in the developing countries, since inviting foreign experts for this purpose is time-consuming and economically unviable. Manpower adept in repairing and maintaining scientific equipments of all sorts used in the teaching and research institutions and industries can ensure uninterrupted research work, and thus lead to an overall socioeconomic development of a country.

To enable Islamic countries to achieve technological self – reliance in setting up of repair and maintenance facilities and to reduce technological dependence on foreign experts, national training workshop is being organized by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); in cooperation with Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); and TUBITAK, Republic of Turkey. The national workshop entitled “Repair and Maintenance of Scientific Instruments/ Equipment in Universities, Research Institutions and Small Scale Industries” will take place in Republic of Turkey, from December 17-21, 2018. The Workshop is intended to highlight the issues/problems related to the maintenance of scientific engineering equipments used in universities, research institutions and small scale industries. Two experts from Pakistan would provide hands-on training to the participants of the workshop for upgrading their skills and enhancing their capacities in repairing, maintaining and troubleshooting important scientific engineering equipments in their organizations. The workshop encompassing interactive lectures and practical training is a part of the COMSATS-ISESCO series, under which similar events were held in Kazakhstan (2017), Nigeria (2016), Ghana (2013 & 2015), Oman (2015), Iran (2014), Sudan (2013, 2005 & 2004),Tunisia (2012), Egypt (2011), Senegal (2010) and Syria (2005). These workshops have benefited over 420 scientists, engineers and technicians by building their expertise and capacity to indigenously repair and maintain scientific instruments used in the labs of R&D institutions as well as small-scale industries in their respective countries.


The workshop has the following objectives:

  • To demonstrate the process of repairing the defective instruments by the experts;
  • To provide hands-on training to the participants for improving their skills for independently maintaining and repairing the scientific instruments;
  • To update the participants’ knowledge on the latest techniques involved in the operation of scientific instruments;
  • To acquaint the participants with the functioning of scientific instruments through need-based training, as well as documentation of the repair and maintenance activities;
  • To update the trainees’ knowledge on changing and new technologies in scientific equipments;
  • To facilitate information-exchange among scientists, researchers, technicians, service engineers, and industrialists for enhancing the existing scientific capacity.


The working language for the Workshop will be English.


Professional technicians, scientists, researchers and service engineers from academic and research institutions, hospitals and industries of Republic of Turkey are encouraged to register for the national workshop.


Mme EL ALAMI Wafaa
Supervisor of ISESCO Centre for Promotion of
Scientific Research
Avenue des F.A.R. – Hay Ryad
B.P. 2275 – C.P.10104
Rabat – Kingdom of Morocco
Tel : +212 (0) 537 56 60 52/53
Fax: +212 (0) 537 56 60 12/13

Mr. Tajammul Hussain
Advisor (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2 Islamabad – Pakistan
Phone: +92-51-9204892, 9214515-7 Fax: +92-51-9216539

Mr. Nisar Ahmad
Deputy Director (Systems)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2 Islamabad – Pakistan.
Tel: (+92-51) 9214515-17 Fax: (+ 92-51) 9216539

Dr. A. Ömer ALTAN
Head of Department
International Relations Dept.
TÜBITAK Ulusal Metroloji Enstitüsü
Baris Mah., Dr. Zeki Acar Cad. No.1
41470 Gebze Kocaeli
Ph +90 262 679 5000 x 2901; Fax +90 262 679 5001

8th COMSATS‐ISESCO-INIT International Workshop on “Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards”, State of Qatar
Dec 23 – Dec 27 all-day

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Information Technology is now considered a necessity for the general public and organizations in various sectors. However, it presents various risks in the form of cyber-attacks and has, therefore, evoked many privacy and security concerns. The frequency of cyber-attacks is considerably increasing every year, and the nature of security risks is constantly evolving. Therefore, effective surveillance networks are needed to ensure that the information and networks are protected from attacks, damage and unauthorized access, through the use of appropriate technologies, processes and practices.

In view of the above, the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); and the Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) took the initiative of spreading awareness on this important field in the developing countries, particularly in their Member States, by means of organizing a series of training workshops. The earlier events of this series were held in Syria (2011), Jordan (2012), Tunisia (2013), Tanzania (2014), Turkey (2015), Morocco (2016) and Kazakhstan (2017).


The eighth five-day International Workshop on ‘Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards’ is being jointly organized by ISESCO; COMSATS; INIT, on 23-27 December 2018, in Qatar.


The workshop aims to provide a forum to the young scientists/professionals from the developing countries to learn about the latest advancements in the field of Internet security; promote the use of state-of-the-art technologies for protection of network and network-accessible resources from different types of malicious attacks; and identify effective Internet/information security solutions for general public, governmental organizations and commercial ventures through rigorous risk-analyses and security management approaches.


The workshop includes technical presentations, tutorials and hands-on training sessions by a group of renowned subject experts. It will cover major aspects of Internet/information security, ranging from theoretical understanding of cryptographic algorithms to practical subtleties of the network systems, and will also address the related managerial and technical issues. Moreover, a handful of network security tools will be demonstrated to provide opportunities to the participants to update their knowledge-base and interact with experts for further collaborative undertakings.


Following are the key topics of the workshop:

  • Information Security Risk Assessment/Management
  • Network Security: Modern Attacks, Evasion Techniques and Defenses
  • Malicious Code Analysis and Detection
  • Measuring Security
  • Ethical Issues of ICT Security
  • Organizational Security Standards, Policies and Guidelines
  • Cryptographic Techniques for Network Security
  • Web Security
  • Social Network Security
  • Cloud Computing Security
  • Digital Forensics Procedures and Tools


Young researchers, practitioners, academicians, executives, system administrators, system programmers, and students working in the field of Internet/information security and cryptography are invited to participate in the workshop.


The workshop is expected to enable the participants to:

  • Understand Organizational Security Structure and their particular security requirements;
  • Analyzing and mitigating the Information security risks;
  • Understand network protocols, models, topologies and related security threats;
  • Understand major modern-day cryptographic algorithms and protocols;
  • Understand how to send secure emails;
  • Use Full Disk Encryption (FDE) tools, including TrueCrypt;
  • Understand the anti-virus, anti-spyware tools and firewalls;
  • Understand the working of major web-security applications;
  • Understand the working of contemporary biometrics systems;
  • Understand organizational security measures, risk assessment tools and techniques and implement appropriate policies and procedures for a given organization;
  • Understand different aspects of cyber security; and
  • Understand and use various types of ethical hacking tools to secure the networks, including: network sniffing, spoofing and poisoning; port scanning and vulnerability analysis; offline and online password attacks; buffer overflow; and root-kits and trojans.


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


Dr. Muhammad Nabeel Anwar
Director (Science and Technology)
Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)
Avenue des F.A.R, P.O. Box 2275, PC Code 10104
Hay Ryad-Rabat, Morocco.
Tel: +212-537-566052/53; Fax: +212-537-566012/13

Dr. Aicha Bammoun
Science Directorate
Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)
Avenue des F.A.R, P.O. Box 2275, PC Code 10104,
Hay Ryad-Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco.
Tel: +212- 5-37566052-53; Fax: +212- 5-37566012-13

Mr. Tahir Naeem
Executive Director
Inter Islamic Network on InformationTechnology (INIT)
COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI)
Park Road, Chak Shehzad, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92-51-90495169; Fax: +92-51-9247006

Mr. M. Atiq ur Rehman
Sr. Program Officer
Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT)
COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI)
Park Road, Chak Shehzad, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92-51-90495024; Fax: +92-51-9247006

Mr. Tajammul Hussain
Advisor (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92-51-9204892; Fax: +92-51-9216539

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters,
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92 51 9214515-7; Fax: +92 51 9216539

Workshop on Water Resources: Expected Crises and Strategies of Predomination, at National Research Centre, Egypt
Mar 11 – Mar 12 all-day