International Centre of Excellence, a British education provider, established by iQualify UK, is organizing a two-day International Conference in collaboration with IQRA University Karachi and International Islamic University Islamabad. The theme of the conference is ‘Revolutionising Higher Education: Reconciling Required and Acquired Learning’. The conference will explore the new opportunities and challenges around the globe, specifically for developing countries.


The conference will provide a platform to international and national academics and practitioners to share their scholarly work in the said area. All the submitted research papers will be evaluated through blind-peer review based on the relevancy, originality, depth, accuracy, and technicality of the theme of the conference. 

About the Conference

Real education offers youth experiences that encourage them to think critically, morally, and intellectually about issues and situations, encouraging innovation that leads to quality and productive lives. According to a current situation analysis, approximately 31% of young people in Pakistan are currently unemployed, and many of them hold professional degrees. A lack of opportunities and a shaky employment market can both contribute to this problem. However, lack of knowledge and expertise to fulfil employment requirements, as well as the relevance of education in terms of preparing for a job, are some of the major challenges identified, which also reflect on the type of education we are providing to our youth and whether it leads to an economically sustainable quality of life.

According to the existing literature, the two biggest impediments to producing new technologies and surviving in the 21st century and beyond are innovation and knowledge. The Internet’s quick adoption and rapid advancement have transformed many elements of our lives, from our patterns of contact to our work options, work criteria and standards, and living styles. The expansion of technology invites innovation in pedagogical and academic standards, to the point where higher education must be watchful in order to offer students skills that fulfil market expectations. As a result, the goal of higher education is to provide individuals with the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes they need to live productive lives, make informed decisions, and contribute both locally and globally.

This conference invites debate on reimagining a traditional degree path and integrating skill-based education in higher education, which could address the issue of how to change lives by addressing long-standing educational issues such as inequality, learning poverty, economic insecurity, and the exclusion of youth from the job market who are not in degree programmes.

Hence, the objectives of this conferences are:
  • Build global and institutional collaboration (e.g. university and industry) and harmony for transforming higher educational curriculum, practices and outcomes.
  • Extend discussions on the transformative power of education and the future of our youth;
  • Draw on research-based evidence to learn from the integration of skills-based approaches in higher education.

Themes of the Conference

We invite submissions (extended abstracts of a minimum of 500 words and full length papers)
focused on the following sub-themes.

Keynote Speakers

Prof Dr Graham

Dean iQualify Uk

Mr. Azfar Ahsan

CEO Nutshell Group

Dr. Ghulfam Khan

Director Extreme Commerce Incubation Network

Prof Dr Graham

Dean iQualify Uk

Prof Dr Graham

Dean iQualify Uk

Dr. Ghulfam Khan

Director Extreme Commerce Incubation Network

Panel Discussion

Dr. Ali Raza Nemati

Director HR,
iQualify UK

Ms. Maria Mckenna

Global Development Director, NCUK

Mr. Mustafa Rabbani

Executive Vice President,
Bank Islami, Pakistan

Mr. Abid Gill

Deputy Chief Advisor,
JICA - AQAL Project

Dr. Shamsa Aziz

Chairperson., Dept. of
Teacher Education IIUI

Dr. Shah Jamal Alam

Assc. Prof. Habib University, Pakistan

Workshop Trainer

Mr. Amir Jahangir

Founder & Ceo, Mishal Pakistan.

Ms. Bakhtawar Mahmood

Head of Content, Media Sniffers

Dr. Hassan Mohy-ud-Din

Asst. Professor, LUMS

Important Dates

Abstract Submission 14th September, 2023
Acceptance Notification 21st September, 2023
Registration Deadline 28th September, 2023
Full-Length Paper Submission 10th October, 2023
Conference Dates 28-29th November, 2023
Conference Venue International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI)

Registration and Payment

Abstracts can be submitted online at manuscripteditorial.com

Registration Fee:

For Presenter: PKR 3,000
For Participant: PKR 1,500
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/4h7v6f25

The conference registration fee can be paid through the following modes:
Face-to-Face registration by visiting:
International Centre of Excellence (ICE) Islamabad, 63 North Service Road, I-10/3 Islamabad
International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), H10, Islamabad
Pay your registration fee through a bank transfer:
Bank name: Bank Alfalah
Account Title: International Centre for Excellence
Account #: PK57ALFH0146001007487052

Conference Programme

Title: Integration of Digital Skills and Innovation: a path ahead for higher education institutions

SDG 4.4 calls for a significant increase in the share of youth and adults with the skills required for employment, decent jobs, and entrepreneurship. To address concerns about youth unemployment, the government and many other institutions have lately developed digital education and vocational initiatives for youth.

Despite numerous interventions, progress in reducing unemployment remains significant, particularly for young professionals with degrees. Graduates are more likely to be underemployed and underpaid, working part-time or on short contracts in general. Meaningful education is an element of raising young people to have a quality life. However, existing educational systems are failing to meet the learning needs of a large percentage of today's youth. Furthermore, whether there are strong, explicit links between education and the workplace is being debated. Mismatches between student-acquired skills and those in effective demand on the labour market can result from a lack of these links. Hence the purpose of this panel discussion is to generate discussion around the following questions:

  • What strategies are effective in increasing young employment through university education?
  • What obstacles do universities face in responding fast labor-market innovation?
  • What are our short- and long-term strategies for making education innovative and relevant to graduates?

Conference Partners

Contact Us

For queries and more information please email us at conference@ice.edu.pk or call us at +92 346 0864076

Conference Chair
Prof. Dr. Nabi Bux Jumani

Vice President
International Islamic University Islamabad

Conference Convener
Prof. Dr. Razia Fakir Mohammad

Department of Education & Social Sciences
IQRA University, Karachi.

Conference Secretary
Dr. Ali Raza

Group Director HR
iQualify UK

Conference Secretary
Ms. Shaherbano Ijaz

Academic Lead - Business
ICE Pakistan

Prof Dr Graham

Dr. Graham joined the academic team at ICE after three decades working with leadinguniversities in the UK and the US, including Queen Mary University of London, the Uni-versity of East Anglia and Notre Dame University. He is keen to support widening accessto education and has held roles as International Director and Director of Admissions andRecruitment that have developed educational links around the world, and pathways for stu-dents to access international study opportunities. Prior to his academic life, Graham had acommercial marketing career in the beverage industry building brands and developing newmarkets. He is an advocate for the importance of international experience for students, andpassionate about the value this can bring to organisations by providing international perspec-tives and competitive resilience to face global economic pressures. His research interests havefocused on fast-changing aspects of promotional marketing, working with leading marketingagencies to understand their use of mass communication and digital media. This includesmapping approaches to promotional marketing management and collaborative agency net-works involved in integrated strategic communication campaigns that can enhance brandstatus and corporate reputation.


Muhammad Azfar Ahsan

Muhammad Azfar Ahsan is a public advocacy consultant, global outreach practitioner,business connector, change activist, philanthropist, political analyst, and entrepreneur basedout of Pakistan.Azfar has served as Minister of State and Chairman Board of Investment (BoI), Gov-ernment of Pakistan (technocrat/non-political), with a vision to open doors for the businesscommunity of Pakistan, bring in investment in all sectors of the economy, facilitate investors,ensure ease of business, improve Pakistan’s international competitiveness, and contribute tothe country’s socioeconomic development.


Prof. Dr. Gulfam K.K. Baghoor,

Dr. Gulfam brings with him the project management, research, HR, CSR and IT skills into the field of education, development planning, designing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. He is team player with significant experience in project designing, project coor-dination, organisational development, human resource management, logistics, and budgeting and system development for private and non-profit sectors. He has remained a member of the team for design, implementation and monitoring of a number of projects. He has excel-lent leadership, interpersonal, listening, presentation and written communication skills with analytical, decision making & problem solving ability. He is PhD scholar and has presented research papers in many national and international research conferences and has more than dozen research publications in national and international journals.


Dr Ali Raza Nemati

Dr Ali Raza Nemati is an Internationally Certified HR Practitioner and Trainer. He individual with a diversified experience in Human Resource with Rare Mix of Corporate and Academia who is known for the professional depth, skilled caliber & dedication.His forte is Strategic Human Capital Management, Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Learning and OD. He has exposure in Digitizing HR Processes and Operations. He has 13 years+ of experience in Banking, Educational and Pharmaceutical Sector. He had his PhD (Doctorate) in Management along with MS with distinction having 22 Research Publications and Presentations at global forums.


Ms. Maria McKenna, Global Development Director, NCUK

With over two decades of experience in the field of international education, Ms. Maria has demonstrated their dedication and expertise in various leadership roles. Currently serving as the Global Development Director at NCUK – The University Consortium, Ms. Maria has been driving the development and expansion of educational opportunities for the past 8years. Her previous role as Regional Director at NCUK, spanning 6 years, showcased their commitment to shaping the future of education in the United Kingdom. n addition to her work in education, she also run A M Tree Services, displaying versatility and entrepreneurial spirit. Prior to her current position, she served as School Director at EF Education First and Regional Sales Manager for Europe. Her extensive experience in educational leadership is further substantiated by her tenure as the Regional Director for South East Asia at NCC Education and her sales management role at Nord Anglia Education PLC.


Mr. Mustafa Rabbani, Executive Vice President, Bank Islami, Pakistan.

Mr. Mustafa Rabbani is a seasoned professional in the field of banking and finance, with a wealth of experience and expertise. He currently serves as the Head of Corporate Banking-North at Bank Islami Pakistan Limited, where he plays a crucial role in the management and strategic direction of the company’s corporate banking operations in the northern region. Prior to this, he held the position of Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking-Central at the same institution, demonstrating his strong leadership and managerial capabilities. Mr. Mustafa’s journey in the banking sector has been marked by notable achievements. He has also made significant contributions to the industry, having previously served as the Business Head for Commercial and Retail Banking at the Islamic Banking Group of Bank Alfalah Limited. His educational background is equally impressive, with a degree in Banking and Finance from the Lahore University of Management Sciences, complemented by a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of the Punjab. In addition, he holds a Masters degree in Marketing, Education, and Business, showcasing his commitment to continuous learning and professional development


Mr. Abid Gill, Deputy Chief Advisor,

Over 25 years of experience in social development sector in the field of education in par-ticular. Have worked with the national and international organisations including UNICEF,UNESCO and JICA in management and advisory capacities. Currently working with JICAas Deputy Chief Advisor of the “Advancing Quality Alternative Learning” (AQAL) project and successfully led the reforms process with Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, KP and Federal Government that resulted in development and approval of Non-Formal Education Policies, quality assurance & enhancement through standards, curriculums, and their management.


Dr. Shamsa Aziz, Chairperson, Dept. of Teacher Education IIUI.

Dr. Shamsa Aziz Associate Professor is currently working as Chairperson Department of Teacher Education, IIUI. She did her Masters in Science Education and PhD Education with area of specialisation “Curriculum Development” from Institute of Education & Research University of Punjab Lahore, while Post-Doc in Science Education from School of Education University of Glasgow Scotland. Before joining International Islamic university in 2008she has served in different capacities in Department of Education in the province of Punjab and under Federal ministry of Education. She is supervising & had supervised a number of Masters, MS & PhD students. She has been working as external examiner, thesis evaluator, member of BoS of different universities, reviewer of journals & NACTE evaluator. She is also contributing in administrative, intellectual & Scholarly activities of IIUI as member of different committees


Dr. Shah Jamal Alam

Until June 2014, Dr. Alam was a postdoctoral researcher at the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh working on projects related to land use change and climate change adaptation. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, Dr. Alam worked as a postdoc- toral researcher at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in the Koopman Lab (Dynamic Causal Systems in Epidemiologic Analysis) on HIV transmission dynamics and complex networks. Dr. Alam has a Ph.D. in Computational Social Science from the Centre for Policy Mod-elling, as well as a Masters from the University of Saarland and an undergraduate degreefrom the University of Karachi, both in Computer Science. His previous work includes a postas a research assistant in the Multiagent Systems Group at the German Research Centre forArtificial Intelligence (DFKI GmBH). He is also a former member of the National Growthand Development Pilot Project team at the University of Karachi.