National Centre of UNESCO International Institute of Online Education (IIOE), University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore organized an agreement signing ceremony with its partner universities in Pakistan to collaboratively facilitate the quality future of digital transformation of the higher education system to jointly pave the way to support Online and Blended Teaching and Learning (OBTL) by incorporating capacity building and competencies enhancement efforts for university teachers at the national level.
Besides, a certificate distribution ceremony for the IIOE courseware competition was also held to hand over the awards to Pakistani winners. Vice-Chancellor UET Prof Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar, Chief of IIOE management Centre and Director UNESCO-ICHEI Mr LYU Feng, Chief of Asia-Pacific Program Office of UNESCO-ICHEI Ms Li Fan, Program Specialist, UNESCO-ICHEI Hassan Adeel Shahzad, Director, Al-Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Science (KICS) Prof Dr Waqar Mahmood, Deans of all faculties from UET Lahore, IIOE competition winners, representatives from other partners HEIs (Higher Education Institutes) attended the event.
The event kicked off with the opening remarks of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar, LYU Feng; Chief of Asia Pacific Program Office Ms Li Fan, and Director KICS Prof Dr Waqar Mahmood briefed on the introduction and plans for upcoming events of IIOE National Centre Pakistan situated at UET Lahore.
Lyu Feng emphasized that IIOE National Centre for Pakistan, established at UET Lahore, will streamline the future work and coordination by implementing various upcoming projects with respect to teachers’ capacity building and professional development, expanding quality educational resources and content, to strengthen domain-specific research and knowledge sharing, to promote blending teaching and learning, and to boost the poll of Pakistani experts of digitalized higher education at the world arena.
Prof Dr Bushra Mirza, Vice Chancellor LCWU, Prof Dr Zubair Shaikh, President of Muhammad Ali Jinnah University (MAJU), Karachi, Dr Aisha Mehmood from the University of Education (UE) Lahore, signed the agreement representing their universities. Ms Sadia Nawaz and Dr Aisha Mahmood from the University of Education got the 1st prize whereas Dr Muhammad Umair Ahmad Khan, and Dr Sayyed Mohsin Ali Kazmi from UET Lahore got the 2nd prize in the IIOE courseware competition. Hassan Adeel Shehzad, Program Specialist from UNESCO-ICHEI, presented the gifts to Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar, Vice-Chancellor UET Lahore and Dr Waqar Mahmood, Director KICS, and received souvenirs from respected Vice-Chancellor and Director KICS.