INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2023
In the fast-evolving landscape of higher education, where the pursuit of knowledge intersects with the transformative waves of technological innovation, the International Centre of Excellence recently hosted a momentous event that served as a crucible for groundbreaking ideas and visionary discussions. The International Conference on Revolutionizing Higher Education: Reconciling Required and Acquired Learning unfolded as a dynamic platform, bringing together thought leaders, academicians, and industry experts to delve into the pressing issues and exciting possibilities that define the future of education.
At the helm of this intellectual confluence was Ms. Sumbal Manzoor, the distinguished Director of Academics and Head of the Centre, whose inaugural address resonated with wisdom, setting the stage for a day filled with exploration and enlightenment. As the curtains rose on this intellectual symposium, Dr. Razia Fakir Muhammad, a luminary and Professor at IQRA University, took center stage during the opening ceremony. Her thought-provoking discourse marked the commencement of an exploration into the challenges and opportunities that shape the educational landscape.
Following suit, Dr. Nassar Ikram, the eminent President of IQRA University in Karachi, added insightful opening remarks, creating a vibrant backdrop for a series of profound discussions. The conference witnessed a dual keynote address that transcended borders of expertise. Mr. Muhammad Azfar Ahsan, the visionary Founder and CEO of Nutshell Group, shared his insights, providing a glimpse into the future of education. Dr. Graham Spikket-Jones, the esteemed Dean of iQualify UK, delved into the captivating theme of “Reimagining Education in the Hypermediated Age,” sparking contemplation on the evolving role of technology in shaping educational paradigms.
Further enriching the intellectual tapestry, Dr. Gulfam K.K Baghoor, the Director of Extreme Commerce Incubation Network, captured the audience’s attention with a discourse on “Shaping Futures: The Relevance Revolution in Higher Learning.” Their perspectives added layers to the narrative, emphasizing the transformative power of education in our dynamic era.
A distinguished moment unfolded as the Guest of Honor, Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), and the honorable Minister of Education, Mr. Madad Ali Sindhi, graced the occasion. Their profound insights underscored the paradigm shift brought about by technology, making education just a click away. This acknowledgment of the digital revolution highlighted the importance of adapting to the changing landscape of education.
In his address, Dr. Ali Raza Nemati, Group Director HR at iQualify UK, shared his thoughts on the “Integration of Digital Skills and Innovation: A Path Ahead for HEIs.” His focus on bridging the gap between education and career resonated with the audience, emphasizing the need to equip students with a robust skill set for the challenges of the future. His insightful discourse left attendees with a renewed sense of purpose and a shared commitment to revolutionizing higher education.
The symbolic exchange of shields, a poignant moment graced by the distinguished Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed and the honorable Mr. Madad Ali Sindhi, encapsulated a profound commitment to propel education forward within our rapidly evolving landscape. The shields, presented with solemnity and purpose, became emblematic of a shared vision to advance educational frontiers, embracing innovation and adaptability. As Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed and Mr. Madad Ali Sindhi extended these symbolic tokens, they reinforced a dedication to fostering a transformative learning environment that aligns with the dynamic challenges and opportunities of the modern era. This ceremonial gesture marked not only a recognition of the collective pursuit of knowledge but also a pledge to navigate the ever-changing currents of education with resilience and foresight.
Embarking on a dynamic exploration of the future of higher education, our panel discussion at the International Conference on Revolutionizing Higher Education delved into the transformative theme, “Integration of Digital Skills and Innovation: A Path Ahead for HEIs.” Helmed by the insightful moderation of Dr. Ali Raza Nemati, the panel brought together luminaries from diverse fields: Dr. Shah Jamal Alam, Assistant Professor at Habib University; Mr. Abid Gil, Deputy Chief Advisor of JICA-AQAL Project; Ms. Maria Mckenna, Global Development Director at NCUK; Mr. Mustafa Rabbani, Executive VP at Bank Islami; and Dr. Shamsa Aziz, Chairperson of the Department of Teacher Education at IIUI. In this intellectual symphony, these visionaries harmonized their perspectives, creating a resonant discourse that echoes the future landscape of higher education.
In the grand tapestry of academia, events like the International Conference on Revolutionizing Higher Education stand as beacons of inspiration and enlightenment for students navigating the dynamic landscape of learning. As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, the importance of students learning from distinguished figures in education cannot be overstated. These conferences provide a unique opportunity for students to glean insights from visionary leaders, luminaries, and experts who are shaping the future of education. The wisdom shared by Ms. Sumbal Manzoor, Dr. Razia Fakir Muhammad, Dr. Nassar Ikram, Mr. Muhammad Azfar Ahsan, Dr. Graham Spikket-Jones, Dr. Gulfam K.K Baghoor, and others resonates as a guiding force for students, offering a roadmap to navigate the evolving challenges and embrace the transformative potential within the realm of higher education. The exchange of ideas, the profound discussions, and the shared commitment to innovation and adaptability showcased in such conferences foster a rich learning environment that empowers students to cultivate a forward-thinking mindset, equipping them with the skills and insights needed to thrive in an ever-changing educational landscape. As we reflect on the impact of these conferences, it becomes evident that they not only serve as platforms for intellectual discourse but also as catalysts for inspiring the next generation of trailblazers in the field of education.