Islamabad-Under the auspices of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), training workshop on the topic of “Managed Pakistan: Today’s Need, Tomorrow’s Solution” concluded here yesterday.

The training workshop was attended by business administration faculty of all eight campuses. The main purpose of the workshop was to promote research and networking in the region, according to a press release.

The event opened with a welcome address by Rector CIIT Dr SM Junaid Zaidi, who emphasised over learning from the past and preparing for the future. He emphasised the faculty to incorporate modern teaching methodologies to prepare students for global competition.

Tariq Farid, Founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements international, USA, gave motivational talk on how teachers can encourage their students to become entrepreneurs.

Dean Faculty of Business Administration, Dr Khalid Riaz also spoke on the occasion and shared his thoughts on Pak-China trade.

The opening ceremony was followed by a group activity in which teams were assigned topics to discuss pertaining to past business education practices.

The evening session had two talks. The first talk was delivered by Chairman HEC Dr Mukhtar Ahmed who emphasised upon collaboration amongst researchers and meaningful research output.

The second speaker was Dr S Sohail H Naqvi, VC LUMS, who highlighted the importance of incorporating ethics, technology and sustainability in business education. He emphasised that management education is an application discipline which needs to be connected with industry for fruitful results.

The talks were followed by training by Dr Nasir Afghan, IBA-Karachi. He guided the faculty as to how can they effectively deliver case study teaching methodology. The first day closed with a colourful musical evening.

The second day opened with a talk by Bradley Emerson, former regional manager of CIMA, who emphasised on combining all the stakeholders with the university system. The second talk was given by Dr Sohail Jehangir Malik, Chairman Innovative Development Strategies Pvt Ltd, who spoke on the role and importance of teacher in the society. The talks were followed by a Training by Yousaf Haroon, Group Head HR and IT - Emaar Pakistan, on writing case studies.

There were two talks held in the afternoon. First talk was given by Salman Ansari, who spoke on IOTs importance in the business world. He lauded the efforts of Rector CIIT in making CIIT an excellent example of innovation and out of the box thinking.

Second talk was delivered by Madam Shahida Saleem, who emphasized on building leadership qualities in students.

On the occasion, Prof Dr Qaisar Abbas announced a case study competition. Rector CIIT Dr Zaidi said in his closing remarks to work together in strengthening higher education in Pakistan. He also promised to support the participants of the case study competition both intellectually and financially.