Success of FUI Students in Summer Fellowship Program & Rookie Game Jam 2021 by Mindstorm Studios, San Francisco
ORIC had brought Mindstorm Studios, San Francisco to FUI's students and encouraged them for Summer Fellowship Program, which is an 8-week long nationwide program, tailored specifically for students to cover different facets of game development such as Game Design, Game Programming and Game Arts. This year, 1600x students from all over Pakistan applied for this program, out of which 3x were from Foundation University Islamabad. To put learning to practical use, the initiative also included mandatory participation in Pakistan’s largest Student Game Jam, called the Rookie Game Jam powered by Mindstorm Studios, in which participants formed teams and were tasked to produce a mobile game from scratch. This year, 270x participated (grouped in 76x teams) in the Rookie Game Jam and successfully completed the program. The overall prize pool of the program was PKR 1x Million.
We feel immense pleasure to share that Lieba Nadeem (Bachelor of Computer Arts) and Raania Nur (Bachelor of Software Engineering) have successfully completed the Summer Fellowship Program & Rookie Game Jam 2021 and Nabi Bin Pasha, a recent graduate of Foundation University Islamabad, has also been hired by Mindstorm Studios, San Francisco as a Senior 3D Artist.
Director ORIC, Health Services Academy (HSA), Dr. Mubashir Hanif visits Foundation University Islamabad (FUI)
Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) hosted the visit of Director ORIC, Health Services Academy (HSA), Dr. Mubashir Hanif on 28th Sep 2021 at the Islamabad Campus of Foundation University Islamabad (FUI). The visit was moderated by Manager Innovation & Commercialization Mr. Abdul Moeed Qureshi, couple of fruitful meetings were also held with Dept of Community Medicine and College of Nursing. Dir ORIC-HSA expressed that “It is inspiring to see the institutional commitment and discipline at FUI Islamabad Campus. A research project in the field of public health was also identified during the meeting with Principal Nursing Capt. ® Yasmeen Saggu which is aimed to be done in collaboration between both the institutions. Common areas of work were sought out for future collaboration which will be executed through the document of understanding.
Finding Innovative and Creative Solutions for Society (FICS)
ORIC, FUI has joined hands with Corporate Advisory Council (CAC), NUST to promote social entrepreneurship among the students of FUI through a competition called "Finding Innovative and Creative Solutions for Society (FICS)". NUST has pooled up FUI as a partner University to allow its students to compete.
"Finding Innovative and Creative Solutions for Society (FICS)" is a competition to promote Social Entrepreneurship and creation of products and services by the students to benefit communities and Society. Currently students can register following the link, https://fics.nust.edu.pk/register/student/. The idea submission stage is in progress and the deadline to submit ideas is Wednesday, 15th Dec 2021, midnight.
Students from within one department or different departments call pool up to make a group and register an interdisciplinary team.
Information Technology Orientation Seminar in FUI for Graduating Students by Nexskills
Information Technology & Information Technology Enabled Services (IT & ITES) Industry needs slightly skilled graduates as starters in different IT roles, whereas education sector is struggling to meet the desired pre-job skillset. Therefore, to develop such skills of student in different verticals of these Industries, ORIC in partnership with NeXskill (OZI Group), an IT training company, brought together 5x renowned young CEOs to orientate the FUI students about their career progression. The Director Operations OZI Group, Mr. Omar Khokhar; CEO Anz Technologies, Mr. Ahmed Manzoor; CEO Grape Games, Mr. Hamza Malik; CEO Funtash Technologies, Mr Ahmed Aziz; and CEO Red Cubez, Mr Salman Gillani shared their journeys during and after the graduation and provided an overview of what skills are required by employers in the IT & ITES sector. The students were enlightened about emerging technologies, web & app development, sales & marketing, and network & systems as career choices. They raised abundant queries during the Q/A session which shows their curiosity to learn and excel. The participants’ feedback was also very positive and encouraging.
Faculty Development Training Session on Effective Proposal Writing towards Winning the Research Grant
FUI aims to organize training sessions for bringing improvements and professionalism in academics and research. Therefore, on 30 th November 2021, ORIC invited Dr. Syed Muhammad Junaid Zaidi, the Founder Rector COMSATS for training session on the topic “Effective Proposal Writing towards Winning the Research Grant”. Dr. Zaidi acquainted the faculty members with the tips for effective proposal writing and also explained the points to be avoided while writing a proposal to the funding agency. The session continued for an hour, followed by Q/A session. The Q/A session remained very interactive, as the faculty members eagerly and actively inquired about their queries and concerns.
Acting Pro-Rector/ Director FURC presented the souvenir to the guest and thanked Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi for sparing his valuable time to train the FUI Faculty members on such an important topic. The Faculty members showed their satisfaction and also suggested ORIC for organizing more faculty development events.
Interactive Session between FUI Students and GITEX winning Co-Founders of MyTM
On 12 th Nov 2021, The CEO and COO of GITEX 2021 award winning startup, MyTM, in partnership with ORIC-FUI, delivered an interactive motivational session at Foundation University Islamabad’s Rawalpindi Campus for the aspiring student entrepreneurs and the faculty. Dr. Zain Farooq, CEO of MyTM, walked the audience through the journey of 625+ times rejection and how they were able to succeed. The students were curious during question answer session to know how MyTM stood firm during this difficult time. CEO and COO MyTM suggested the students to strengthen their imagination process and think about brining solutions to people through their innovation projects. They also assured the students and faculty of their support in their relevant projects in coming times. ORIC-FUI will enable the linkages between MyTM and the FUI faculty and students through working relationship.
FUI Participated in Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Students' Survey 2021
The GUESSS (Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Students' Survey) Report 2021 has been published by GUESSS global. With participation of 58 countries, and a total of 266,943 responses, the 9th edition of GUESSS has become more international. From Pakistan, 896 students across 18 different public and private sector universities participated in the survey including Foundation University Islamabad (FUI). FUI is mentioned in the report as participating university from Pakistan. Please share this report with colleagues and other organizations which are deemed suitable. ORIC appreciates the participating students of FUI campuses. Full report can be accessed at https://www.guesssurvey.org/
Foundation University Islamabad entered into an agreement with Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology for training of Biomedical Engineering students
On 21st October 2021, Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) has entered into an agreement with Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology (RIC) for Supervised Industrial Training (SIT) of the students of BSc. Biomedical Engineering Technology. This is a 4-years long technology program in which students spend 3-years on campus and 1-year in the industry as a full-time human resource, their 7th and 8th semesters are dedicated for practical experience. This industry exposure shall prepare market compatible biomedical engineers aligned with Pakistan’s Vision 2025 as well as the National Technology Council’s guidelines. This important milestone has been achieved through continuous efforts by FUI’s Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) and more industry partners will be onboarded in coming times.
FUI Internal Funding Program 2021
HEC Capacity Building Workshops 2021
MoU Alfoze FUI
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) and Alfoze Technologies Pvt Ltd on June 02, 2021. The MoU paves the way for cooperation between both the organizations for joints initiatives under industry academia linkages. Prof. Dr. Abdul Ghafoor, Pro-Rector FUI, and Mr. Muazzam Arslan Bhatti, CEO Alfoze Technologies, inked the agreement to practically implement the various activities jointly developed by the FUI and Alfoze. This agreement shall benefit FUI students in terms of their final year projects, ICT boot camps, internships, supervised industrial training and industry-based research projects.
CEO Alfoze Technologies Pvt Ltd Visited FUI Rawalpindi Campus
CEO Alfoze Technologies Pvt Ltd, Mr. Muazzam Arslan Bhatti visited the Foundation University Islamabad at its Rawalpindi Campus to meet HoD-Business Administration, Dr. Qaiser Ali Malik. The productive discussion was focused on final year projects by students and their need for industrial synchronization. Alfoze has offered supervision to the shortlisted FYPs in the domain of ICT. This effort shall count towards practical implementation of the MoU signed between both the organizations.