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COMSATS’ Joint International Training Workshop on ‘Science Education for Sustainable Development’ held in Bangladesh

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A two-day International Training Workshop on “Science Education for Sustainable Development” was organized by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on June 27-28, 2011, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This collaborative event was inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid, Minister for Education, Government of Bangladesh, on June 27, 2011, at the Bangladesh Institute of Administration and Management (BIAM), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The main objectives of the event, inter alia, were to: discuss the role of Science Education in attaining sustainable development; identify means of enhancing the quality of scientific education, research and training; and jointly develop policies and strategies for employing innovative techniques for the delivery of Science Education, raising awareness on climate and environmental challenges, meeting healthcare needs, and building regional and global partnerships for Science Education.

Speaking at the Inauguration, the Honourable Minister for Education declared the economic development as the basic precursor to all aspects of development, and that science and technology have the power to bring about this change. “Technological solutions to challenges faced by the common masses in our countries are not impossible, and are not beyond the intellects of our own manpower”, the Minister further stated “What is needed is a clear understanding of the targets, and proper planning.”

In his message that was read at the occasion by Advisor (Programmes) of COMSATS, Mr. Tajammul Hussain, the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, stressed that “Regional and global partnerships for scientific education and training are essential for achieving economic prosperity, environment quality and social equity that are the three dimensions of sustainable development”.

The Inaugural Session of the event further included addresses by the Secretary of the Bangladesh’s Ministry of Education, Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Head/Representative of UNESCO’s Dhaka Office, Mr. Derek Elias, and the Additional Secretary of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Education, Mr. Md. Sirazul Islam, as well as presentation of the Workshop’s Theme Paper by the Chairperson of the Department of Biochemical Physics and Technology at Dhaka University, Prof. Dr. K. Siddique-e-Rabbani (Technical Coordinator of the event).

The proceedings of the two-day event comprised 5 Workshop Sessions, having specific topics related to the overall theme of the workshop and comprising presentations of local/foreign participants as well as discussion sessions for the identification of key issues and challenges facing Science Education in the developing countries and formulation of specific recommendations. Besides the participation of relevant personnel from China, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and USA, various public/private universities, S&T/R&D organizations, Government Departments and NGOs of Bangladesh were represented in the event.

The Workshop served to develop and strengthen necessary linkages among the relevant entities, individuals and/or institutions of the developing countries to exchange expertise/knowledge for strengthening Science Education as a way of attaining sustainable development. During the final session of the Workshop, the participants jointly formulated a set of specific recommendations that would help the relevant decision-making bodies of the developing countries in amelioration of the prevalent education systems that, per se, fall short of meeting the needs of sustainable development.

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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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BACKGROUND

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.

INTRODUCTION

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.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

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.

FORMAT

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.

TARGETED INDIVIDUALS

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.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Mr. Omer Altan
Head of International Relations Department
TUBITAK UME
Barış Mah. Dr. Zeki Acar Cad. No:1
41470 Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey
Tel: 90 262 679 50 00 ext. 2901
Email: omer.altan@tubitak.gov.tr

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
Email: farhan@comsats.org

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