FUI participated at BOI Technology Roundtable, 7th Jan 2022
Board of Investment successfully hosted a Technology Roundtable on Friday, the 07th January, 2022 at Serena Hotel, Islamabad to highlight the remarkable work being done in the IT & ITES sector. The roundtable brought together a large number of stakeholders from the government & private sector who were briefed on how integration of digital technology is enabling innovation in all sectors of the economy. Pakistan’s expanding digital footprint, booming startup culture that has attracted investment from across the globe & capitalising on investment opportunities were some of the key points of discussion. Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, Advisor to Prime Minister on Investment, Mr. Muhammad Azfar Ahsan, Minister of State / Chairman, BoI, Mrs. Fareena Mazhar, Secretary, BoI, Dr. Muhammad Sohail Rajput, Secretary MoIT also present.
Stage 1 Evaluation of FUI's Project Ideas for NUST Idea Competition "FICSS'22"
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. FUI being the partner university of NUST in this competition positively participated and submitted 25x project ideas. As a next step, an evaluation panel consisting of experts from different fields, screened these projects for onward submission to NUST. FUI wishes good luck to the students who are participating in unique competition.
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.
Meeting between FUI and Benazir Income Support Program (BISP)
A team including ORIC and Engineering Technology Department visited Head Quarters of Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) on 13 th October 2021 to discuss the FYPs, some R&D projects within social development sector as most importantly the Supervised Industrial Training.
1st Meeting of the ORIC-Steering Committee at Foundation University Islamabad
Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) lays strong emphasis on research and innovation. To strengthen the Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC) and impart industry expertise, the first meeting of the ORIC-Steering Committee (SC) was held on 5th October 2021 at the FUI Secretariat. This committee comprised FUI’s Academicians, Experts, and Industry Leaders of respective domains. The initial milestone of ORIC-SC was to draw upon a robust 5-year strategic plan for research, innovation, and commercialization.
The meeting was jointly chaired by Rector FUI Maj Gen Nasir Dilawar Shah HI (M) (Retd) and DG Technology/ Advisor Benazir Income Support Program Mr. Meer Anwar. The industry leaders included Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academics) National University of Medical Sciences, Maj Gen Saleem Ahmed Khan HI(M) (Retd), Chairman Rastgar Engineering, Mr. Imtiaz Rastgar, Director Policy, Research & Market Intelligence, Special Technology Zones Authority, Dr. Mohammad Ali Mohammad, Partner AUC Law, Barrister Ahmed Uzair, CEO Alfoze Technologies, Mr. Muazzam Arslan Bhatti, and Program Coordinator Health Services Academy Dr. Shaheer Ellahi. Whereas the internal members of FUI’s ORIC-SC included Director Islamabad Campus, Maj Gen Jawad Khaliq Ansari HI(M) (Retd), Director Rawalpindi Campus, Brig. Dr. Abdul Ghafoor SI(M) (Retd), Dean Engineering & IT, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Shaheen, Registrar, Prof. Dr. Amir Gulzar, Director ORIC, Dr. Shagufta Akhtar, Director QA, Ms. Asmat Parveen, In-charge Multi-Disciplinary Lab, Dr. Yasir Waheed, and Manager Innovation & Commercialization, Mr. Abdul Moeed Qureshi.
Honorable Rector FUI Maj Gen Nasir Dilawar Shah HI (M) (Retd), welcomed all the members and applauded them for becoming part of ORIC-SC. In this first meeting, detailed round of discussion has taken place to design the blueprint of ORIC’s next 5 years. All the members took great interest in the deliberating the way forward to strengthen all the components of ORIC-FUI.
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Team Alfoze Technologies visited FUI's Dept. of Arts and Media
A team from Alfoze Technologies Pvt Ltd, including their CEO, Director R&D and Product Manager, visited the FUI’s Department of Arts and Media for future joint work. The delegates were apprised in detail about the functioning of Department of Arts and Media, the FUI Studio, FUI Radio FM and the Art Gallery. Various possibilities were discussed, and some activities were planned to be held wef Fall 2021 semester. These activities shall be aligned with the MoU which was recently signed between both the organizations.
MoU signed between FUI and Alfoze Technologies
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 visits FURC to meet HoD-BA
On June 02, 2021 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.
MoU Signing FUI Sialkot Campus With WebExcels
MoU with Mishal and Rinstra
Two memorandums of agreement have been signed by Foundation University Islamabad (FUI), first with Mishal Pvt Ltd, and other with Rinstra Technologies Pvt Ltd. The signing ceremony took place on 8th Feb 2021 at FUI Rawalpindi Campus. At this occasion, Pro Rector FUI, Prof. Dr. Abdul Ghafoor & CEO Mishal Pvt Ltd, and Rinstra Technologies Pvt Ltd, Mr. Aamir Jahangir signed the MOUs. This effort by the department of Arts & Media will start bearing fruits in coming time in the domain of film, production, and digital content creation. Additionally, Rinstra Technologies Pvt Ltd will extend their support to launch Foundation Film Festival. It marks a milestone in enhancing and standardizing the film production skills for the students and faculty of Arts & Media and strengthening the relationship between both parties.
Talks@FUI - 3rd Episode: A discussion on E-Pharma, Telemedicine, Artificial Intelligence and the required R&D in Pakistan
On 28th Dec, 2020, 3rd episode of Talks@FUI was held at FUI TV Studio. Mr. Bilal Mumtaz, Director Marketing, Sehat.com.pk from Lahore was invited as a guest. In the discussion, Mr. Bilal Mumtaz shared how he started to spearhead the marketing operations of sehat.com.pk and how the research study was conducted before the start of ecommerce operations. He suggested the key areas in the e-pharma industry where the students and faculty can study the issues and develop solutions. The full length video can be watched at https://youtu.be/3e_LUOEv51w
Talks@FUI - 2nd Episode - The Importance and role of Final Year Project (FYP) in Young Graduate's career and the Knowledge Economy
In 2nd session/episode of Talks@FUI, two industry experts from the IT industry were invited to enlighten the "The Importance and role of Final Year Project (FYP) in Young Graduate's career and the Knowledge Economy". On 7th December 2020, Manager UIL, ORIC moderated the session at FUI Studio with the guests, Mr. Muazzam Arsalan Bhatti, CEO Alfoze Technologies and Mr. Haroon Q. Raja, Founder, Happy Cloud. During this 45 mins interactive session, each guest took five different questions and a comprehensive set of advice/suggestions were drawn for the betterment of FYP at FUI. Both guests emphasized on the growing need of innovative projects which are aimed to solve societal problems. The industry experts advised to:
- Increased the interaction of students and faculty with the right industry experts
- Ensure market readiness of the product/service being developed during FYP
- Enable inter-disciplinary engagement of students
- Make competitive mechanism for FYP topic selection
- Develop skills’ set of the students in order to increase chances of commercialization
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry invited Universities to implement Mehanti Jawan Program 2021
On 29th Dec 2020, the first session was held between Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Universities, to discuss the implementation of Mehanti Jawan Program (MJP) 2021. Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) took active part in this session and pressed upon the need to present local solutions because our problems are local. The Mehanti Jawan Program 2021 contains:
1. Business Accelerator Program
2. Business Plan Competition
3. Job Fairs
4. Policy Dialogues
It is expected that through MJP2021, ICCI shall activate industry academia linkages in Islamabad region. Students interested in starting their own ventures are encouraged to stay tuned for the announcement and take active part in MJP2021.
FUI Team visited Xylexa Inc
Manager UIL along with 4x Faculty members from the Department of Software Engineering visited Xylexa Inc. This collaborative visit was hosted by the Co-Founder/CEO Mr. Shahrukh Babar at Xylexa's head office located in the National Science and Technology Park, NUST H-12. During this visit, the CEO of Xylexa gave a presentation to the FUI Team followed by discussion on different aspects. Xylexa, Inc., is developing a computer-aided diagnostics (CADx) platform in which they are using Artificial Intelligence and image processing approach to assist caregivers with automated, accurate, timely, and cost-effective medical image diagnosis. This AI based data analytics offer advanced diagnostics as the decision support system for radiologists and second opinion for patients across the globe.
Webinar on Future of Hospitality and Tourism
On 28th July 2020, Dept of Hospitality and Tourism at FURC, arranged an online webinar on the topic of “The Future of Tourism and Hospitality Education: From a Strategic Perspective”. The guest Mr. Azam Jamil, COO Hashoo Education Division, was invited to speak to the student and faculty on this occasion. Mr. Jamil adopted an unorthodox approach to enlighten the participants of the talk about this diversified field of tourism and hospitality. He also counselled the students about their career and guided the right approach to enter into this industry.
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MoU between FUI and NIE
Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) and National Institute of Electronics (NIE), Ministry of Science and Technology, have joined hands on 12th of June 2020 to enhance the joint research and development in field of electronics/electrical engineering. Director General NIE, Mr. Abdul Majeed Soomro and Pro-Rector FUI, Dr. Abdul Ghafoor have inked the document of this understanding. Major areas of collaboration between both the organizations include; exchange of lab facilities, calibration and testing, joint research projects, supervision of final year projects (FUI students), event organization and industry led faculty.
Webinar On "Preparing For A Post COVID-19 World"
On 3rd June 2020, a webinar was arranged by Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) through its new initiative Talks@FUI on the topic "Preparing for a post Covid World". Mr. Abdul Moeed, Manager UIL moderated this webinar and a recorded session is available to be watched at YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dywg9QF-L3g&t=675s. The participation was open for everyone, especially the working professionals and young graduates. Click Here
Industry Linkages meeting between PEC and employers’ representatives and alumni of Department of Electrical Engineering
Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) team visited FUI Rawalpindi Campus on Friday 13th March 2013 and met the employers’ representatives and alumni of Department of Electrical Engineering. The PEC representatives discussed different aspects of electrical engineering profession and taken the feedback of the participants. One of the key suggestions appreciated by PEC was the introduction of user application for registered engineers.
Lecture on "The Sound Heart - How to Purify Your Soul"
Mufti Shaykh Tauqeer, Founder, Nur ul Ilm Academy, Dubai, during his visit to Pakistan, delivered a lecture to the students and faculty of Foundation University Islamabad Campus on 10th March 2020 at FUMC auditorium. The content of lecture focused upon purification of heart and the soul through adoption of Islamic Teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).
Lecture on "Transforming the Digital Landscape of Pakistan through Fintechs"
Executive Vice President JS Bank, Mr. Noman Azhar visited Foundation University Rawalpindi Campus on 4th March 2020 to speak to the students and faculty of Software Engineering, Computer Sciences and Management Sciences regarding “Transforming the Digital Landscape of Pakistan through Fintechs”. The interactive talk ended at announcement of “Idea Challenge” with a prize of PKR 100,000.
CFO Kohi Noor Pvt Ltd visits FUBIC at FURC
Helping startups to grow, is one of the key functions of Foundation University Business Incubation Center. Therefore, meetings and visits by industry partners are regularly arranged at FUI to boost entrepreneurial activities. Recently, Chief Financial Officer of Kohi Noor Hitec Pvt Ltd Mr. Abdul Shakoor visited FUBIC on 11th March 2020 and interacted with startup “Digital Sight” and discussed various avenues in mass marketing of their brands Toshiba Pakistan and Boss Home Appliances.
FUBIC's startup Automechsol Pvt Ltd presented at FFBL's Technology Dept
Commercialization of indigenous technologies is the need of time for the Universities in this era of 4th Industrial Revolution and FUI is taking keen steps to provide industrial exposure to its students, faculty and the startup companies of the FUI Business Incubation Center. Automechsol Pvt Ltd, a startup incubated at Foundation University Business Incubation Center (FUBIC), along with Manager UIL Abdul Moeed and Manager BIC Syed Taimoor gave a presentation to the representatives of Technology Dept at Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Ltd (FFBL) on 11th March 2020 at FFBL Tower DHA-II Islamabad. The purpose of this presentation, was to seek technical expertise of FFBL, discuss the possibilities of technology transfer and scaling the business of Automechsol Pvt Ltd, through an MoU signed earlier in 2019 between FUI and FFBL. Mr. Qasim Noor, Founder and Mr. Muhammad Usama, the Co-Founder, have been offered technical mentorship and a meeting in subsequent week for calibration of mass and energy values of the product output. FFBL has agreed to help in marketing and projection of the refined version of the PLC Biomethane gas plant in upcoming months.
Idea Challenge 2020 by JS Bank for students of FURC
On 4th March 2020, during a lecture on Fintech and its Potential, Executive Vice President of JS Bank, Mr. Noman Azhar announced an "Idea Challenge".
Director General National Institute of Electronics visits FURC Electrical Engineering Department
A delegation from National Institute of Electronics (NIE), Ministry of Science and Technology visited the department of Electrical Engineering (DEE) at Foundation University Rawalpindi Campus on 25th February 2020. The delegation included the Director General Mr. Abdul Majeed Somroo, Director Technical Services Mr. Muhammad Kamran and Head of Quality Testing Mr. Faisal Paracha. In this visit, delegation was shown various laboratories of DEE, prototypes developed by students during their Final Year Projects and briefing on research projects in process. Both the institutions have agreed to work on joint technology driven activities and foster research in latest technologies.
Recruitment Drive by Zameen.Com at FURC
A recruitment drive by Zameen.com was held at FURC on 19th February 2020 between 11 AM and 5 PM for 6x different positions ranging from customer service to sales.
This talent hunt event was jointly managed and delivered by ORIC and Faculty of Management Sciences. 26x applicants were interviewed by a panel of HR Business Partner and Assistant Manager.
The panel appreciated the competency level and skill sets of the candidates.
Recruitment Drive By Ideas (Gul Ahmed Textiles Ltd)
On 11th February 2020, ORIC, BIC and Dept of Business Administration arranged “Recruitment Drive by Ideas (Gul Ahmed Textiles Ltd)” for the fresh BBA and MBA graduates of FURC. The HR representatives of Ideas interviewed the applicants for the position of Graduate Trainee Officer. Moreover, queries of students of last semester were also answered who want to start their career in retail industry
Lecture By Dr. Shaheen
"For faculty development, ORIC arranged a lecture for FURC Faculty on 7th February 2020. The resource person was Dr. Muhammad Shaheen, Dean Engineering & IT FURC and topic of lecture was “Individual and National Character”
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Educational Visit to Research Institute about International Terrorism
Students of BSMC 6th Semester along with Faculty Members, visited Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) Islamabad on January 2nd 2020. The students were given presentation by the Managing Director of PICSS about the functioning of the Organisation, their research database and the external relations with various diplomatic missions in Islamabad.
3x Industry Visits to Software Department of Fauji Foundation Head Office
On 9th, 10th and 11th December 2019, Students and Faculty of Department of Software Engineering, visited the IT Division of Fauji Foundation Head Office (FFHO). The main objective of this industry visit was to give students, the exposure to state of the art Data Center and the development of various software product in the SW department.
Industry Visit to 6th Conference on Digital Rights by Students of Media Sciences
13 Scholars of MS Media Sciences (Semester 1) Batch Fall 2019 along with 2x Faculty Members of Arts and Media Department participated in the 6th National Conference on Digital Privacy, hosted by Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) on Saturday, 7th December 2019 at the Ramada Hotel in Islamabad.
Industry Visit of Students to Fauji Foods Bhalwal
Final semester Students of MBA and BBA along with faculty members of Management Sciences, visited Fauji Foods, Bhalwal on 5th December 2019. Fauji Foods is a subsidiary of FFBL Pakistan and is a leading manufacturer of FMCG products with availability and visibility across Pakistan prominently Nurpur Dairy, Dostea and MUST beverages. Resident Manager of Fauji Foods lead the students.
Industry visit to Nayatal Head Office by Students of Software Engineering & Business Administration
ORIC arranged an industry visit for the students of Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering and Business Administration, to Nayatel head office on 27th November 2019. Senior Manager Mr. Syed Waqar gave a presentation to the student delegates and the faculty about Fiber to the Home (FTTH) deployment and the working mechanism of Nayatel Operations. #Nayatel Pvt Ltd is one of the strong industry partners of #FUI and has always welcomed collaboration with the university.
Industry Visit to National Institute of Electronics by Students of Electrical Engineering
Industry visit was arranged for students of Electrical Engineering Department by ORIC to the National Institute of Electronics (NIE). The students of BSEE 7th semester thoroughly benefitted from this visit on November 26, 2019 and gathered knowledge about different state of the art Labs of NIE (Automotive Research Lab, SMT Production Lab, Power Electronics Lab, Communication Engineering Lab and Integrated Circuit Design Lab). Director Technical Services and Coordination briefed the students about the research and development facilities offered by NIE.
Industry Visit to AKSA SDS Head Office by Students of Software Engineering
On 21st Nov 2019, Students and Faculty of Software Engineering and Business Administration, visited AKSA-Solutions Development Services (SDS). AKSA-SDS is a leading technology company that provides reliable and trusted next generation hardware and software solutions using latest innovative technologies and is based at Sector I-9/3 Islamabad. During this industry trip, the management of AKSA-SDS briefed the student delegates about the life-cycle of their product / services. FUI, in future, aims to establish stronger linkages with such organizations.
Interactive Session on “How to ace a job interview” by GM-HR Mari Petroleum Co. Ltd
On 3 rd May 2019, Foundation University Islamabad held an interactive session of General Manager Human Resource, Mari Petroleum Company Ltd (MPCL), Brig. Abdul Ghaffar Khan SI(M) (Retd) at its Rawalpindi campus. The theme of the session was, “How to ace a job interview” and it lasted for 90 mins. The Guest Speaker gauged the session keeping in view the students are millennials. In question and answer session, the students clarified some genuine issues which are faced during a job interview. A tremendous response was witnessed from students who took great interest in the discussion.
Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) has signed MOU with Foundation Wind Energy Limited (FWEL)
On 18th April 2019, FUI has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Foundation Wind Energy Limited (FWEL). Managing Director of FWEL, Rector FUI and senior management from both sides participated in this signing ceremony at FUI Secretariat. FWEL is operating 2x plants of 50MW each and aims to diversify its production using hybrid source including wind and solar. According to this MOU, both organizations shall help each other in the areas of Industry-Academia Linkages (IAL). The key areas of IAL in this MOU include; supervision from FWEL experts in final year projects of FUI students, provision of internships for students of FUI, help in new academic programs, areas for joint research and guidance in product development.
Lecture "Technology and Innovation in Pakistan" by Mr. Yusuf Hussain
On 16 th April 2019, CEO-Ignite (National Technology Fund), Mr. Yusuf Hussain graced Foundation University Islamabad with an interactive session on "Technology and Innovation in Pakistan". The guest speaker ignited the students to develop the skills which shall be needed to survive the 4th Industrial Revolution. He clearly mentioned that Initiative and Critical Thinking are two major driving skills of this digital era. Students were also explained about the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Pakistan and its performance of past one decade. At the end, Pro-Rector/Campus Director Brig. Abdul Ghafoor presented a souvenir to the guest speaker as token of appreciation.
Lecture “Emerging Regional And International Environment: Challenges And Response” By Lt Gen Tariq Khan HI (M) (Retd)
A lecture by Lt Gen Tariq Khan HI (M) (Retd), MD/CEO of Fauji Fertilizer Companyc (FFC) on “Emerging Regional and International Environment: Challenges and Response” conducted on 11 April 2019, in auditorium of FUMC. The duration of the session was 1 hour followed by Q&A session. In this lecture Guest speaker Lt Gen Tariq Khan pitched the light on importance of CPEC for Pakistan and its impact on the region. He also educated the audience about the Afghan and Kashmir current situation and its repercussions over Pakistan and rest of the world.
The MOU between Foundation University Islamabad and CCIXER Inc. USA was signed on April 04, 2019 by Director ORIC, FUI and Country Director CCIXER on behalf of their respective organizations. CCIXER is a USA tech Company located in the Silicon Valley and provides training in the field of Science and Technology to undergraduate students. CCIXER has provided free of cost training to 10 FUI students through CCIXER's "Tech Gateway Program". FUI Students are very satisfied and termed it as “fruitful and conducive for their academic learning”. After graduation, CCIXER will sent student’s profile to companies in USA for internships and jobs. Scholarships will also be provided to students who intended to pursue Master’s degree in USA.
Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) has signed MOU with Fauji Fertilizer Company (FFC)
On 27 March 2019, the Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) and the Fauji Fertilizer Company Ltd (FFC) – signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on industry-academia linkages. The MOU was signed by Director ORIC, FUI and Company Secretary, FFC, at the head office of FFC located at Sona Towers, The Mall, Rawalpindi. The ceremony was attended and witnessed by Senior Officials from both organizations.
Under the MOU, both sides agree to enhance cooperation on industry-academia by undertaking several activities in areas of mutual interest. The MOU keenly focuses on the arrangement of internship and supervision of final year projects of students which would result in the strengthening of linkages between both institutions.
Lecture On “Aspects Of Cerebra Vascular Diseases” By Dr. Ashfaq Shuaib
Dr. Ashfaq Shuaib, MD, FRCPC, FAHA, Professor at the Department of Medicine and the Director of Stroke program, Division of Neurology at University of Alberta was invited at FUMC to deliver a talk on March 21, 2019. The talk was regarding various aspects of Cerebra Vascular diseases including Epidemiology, Risk Factors, and Clinical Presentations, Stroke sub-types, Diagnostic investigations and Management. The lecture was attended by senior faculty members from basic and clinical sciences, and more than 400 students from medical, dental and rehabilitation colleges of FUIC.
Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) has signed MOU with Askari Cement Limited (ACL)
Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) has reached another milestone by signing MOU with Askari Cement Ltd (ACL) on 19th of March 2019. This memorandum shall enhance alliance between both the institutions and jump-start the industry academia linkages. ACL aims to add value for students, faculty and alumni of FUI by: supervising Final Year Projects (FYPs); mentoring through Guest Lectures; facilitating Industrial visits; guidance of Incubatees and providing Internship / jobs opportunities. Company Secretary, Brig. Haroon Abbas Khan SI(M) from ACL and Director ORIC, Dr. Shagufta Akhtar from FUI signed the MOU in presence of senior dignitaries at the head office of ACL.
Seminar On “How To Start Your Career In Game Development Industry” By Ms. Sadia Bashir
A lecture “How to start your Career in Game Development Industry” was delivered on February 12, 2019 for the students of FURC. 150 students of Department of Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Psychology attended the lecture. The resource person Ms. Sadia Bashir, CEO Pixel Arts Academy, offered an insight into the Game Development Industry, which is one of the emerging industries of the world. Students showed keen interest and appreciated the guest speaker’s elaborations.
Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Ltd (FFBL)
ORIC at Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) is enhancing the Industry Academia Linkages with full zeal and zest under the patronage of Rector FUI and has been able to develop understanding with FPCDL, FCCL and MPCL since December 2018.
In continuation of above, today another milestone I. e. an MOU has been signed between FUI and Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Ltd (FFBL).
The key areas of this MOU are; Curriculum Revision, Visiting Faculty, Internships, Placements, Industry Visits, Job Fairs, Supervision of Final Year Projects, Guidance of Incubatees at Business Incubation Centre and Guest Speeches.
Memorandum of Understanding signed between Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) and Mari Petroleum Company Limited (MPCL)
Foundation University Islamabad linked an MOU with Mari Petroleum Company Limited on January 23, 2019. This MOU will enhance Industry Academia Linkages (IAL) and provide invaluable opportunities for students and graduates of FUI.
Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Foundation Power Company Daharki Ltd (FPCDL)
On January 08, 2019, Changez Dil Khan , Rector FUI and Maj Gen Asghar Nawaz HI(M) (Retd), CEO / MD FPCDL signed the MOU on behalf of Foundation University Islamabad and Foundation Power Company Daharki Limited. The purpose of the MOU is to synergize on the different areas of Industry-Academia Linkages (IAL) which includes; joint research, curriculum revision, new academic programs, industrial trips, internships, job placements, professional trainings, prototype / product development and commercialization of research.
Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Fauji Cement Company Limited (FCCL)
Foundation University Islamabad inked an MOU with Fauji Cement Company Limited on January 08, 2019. The prime objective of this understanding is to enhance the industry academia linkages. This collaboration is meant to benefit from each other’s initiatives, expertise, working procedures and to support and assist the researchers associated with both organisations.
GM HR Mari Petroleum Co. Ltd visited ORIC FUI - 2nd Nov 2018
Brig Abdul Ghaffar Khan SI(M) (Retd), General Manager HR Mari Petroleum Co. Ltd (MPCL) visited ORIC at FUI Secretariat on 2nd Nov 2018. In a short meeting with Director ORIC, Dr. Shagufta Akhtar and Manager UIL, Mr. Abdul Moeed, he briefed about HR needs of MPCL and provision of internships for FUI students/graduates.
Fauji Fertilizer Company Ltd (FFC) visited FUI - 1st Nov 2018
A delegation from Fauji Fertilizer Company (FFC) led by Manager Technical Services, Mr. Muhammad Farooq, visited FUI Rawalpindi Campus on 1 st Nov 2018. The delegation included Officers from Marketing, IT and Technology departments of FFC. During the visit, some prototypes made by department of Electrical Engineering were shown to the guests, they also visited the data center and computer labs. At the end of the visit, Dean Arts and Social Sciences briefed the guests about overall performance indicators of FUI.