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COMSATS-ISESCO International Conference on Diffusion of ICTs in Academia: Learning in Digital Age in Islamic Countries in Khartoum, Sudan

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The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and the Islamic, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) held an International Conference on ‘Diffusion of ICTs in Academia: Learning in the Digital Age in Islamic Countries’ in Khartoum, Sudan, on October 4-5, 2010. The Conference held under COMSATS-ISESCO Cooperation Agreement (2010) was organized in collaboration with the Inter-Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT), the University of Science and Technology Sudan and COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Sudan, Industrial Research and Consultancy Centre (IRCC).

Highlighting the potential of ICTs for increasing access to and improving the relevance and quality of education, the Conference aimed to underscore the need for more rapid infusion of ICTs into academia of the Islamic Countries. The key issues faced by the Islamic World in this information age were addressed. These included: lack of skilled workforce and necessary infrastructure (especially internet access); shortage of IT professionals due to brain drain; poor indigenization; and needs for growth in software development. The Conference provided a forum for academicians and professionals from Islamic countries to deliberate on these issues with an aim to help find appropriate solutions.

Eighteen experts from Pakistan, Uganda, Iran, Malaysia, Brunei, Mauritania, Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, and Bangladesh presented papers on various thematic areas relevant to the key topics of the Conference. The thematic areas included: Educational Policy and Planning for Integration and Diffusion of ICTs in Academia; Current Projects and Best Practices from Developed and Developing World; Institutional Capacity Building for Integration/Diffusion of ICTs; Delivery Mechanism and Options in an ICT-based Academic Environment; and Effectiveness and Impact of ICTs on Learning and Achievements.

The Conference highlighted the importance of expanding educational opportunities and ensuring high educational standards through ICTs in the Islamic world. Better means to address the growing digital divide and the inadequacy of skilled workforce in the field of ICTs were also identified.

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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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