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UNESCO Chair set up at CIIT campus

STAFF REPORT IBD: UNESCO and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) have inked an agreement to establish the UNESCO Chair on ‘Knowledge Systems for Integrated Water Resources Management’ at the Institute’s Wah Campus.
The ceremony was witnessed by Secretary S&T Kamran Ali Qureshi; Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, Resident Director UNESCO, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata.
In his remarks, Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid, highlighted the role his ministry in playing for the promotion of S&T.
The Executive Director COMSATS expressed his organization’s desire to have long-term partnership with UNESCO based on synergy, complementarity and willingness.
He noted that COMSATS advocates S&T related South-South Cooperation as means to socio-economic development. He informed that COMSATS has 18 S&T Centres of Excellence, including a full-fledged university, CIIT, affiliated to the organization giving it leverage to play an important international role. 
Dr. Bokova reiterated UNESCO’s pledge to work with the Govt of Pakistan to elevate the level of knowledge and expertise in the country. UNESCO supports initiatives that aim at S&T advocacy, knowledge sharing and excellence in higher education, she said. She also pledged support to COMSATS, especially for activities related to science, technology and innovation, which she considered pivotal for the future development frameworks.


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