Al Khwarizmi Institute of Computer Science, UET Lahore (KICS-UET) in collaboration with University of Cambridge UK (IfM) organized a two days’ workshop on Nov 15-16th. Titled as “Road Mapping Workshop for strengthening academia & industrial linkages” 2 days’ activity was based on fostering academic and industrial linkage.

The purpose of the workshop was to bring together industry leaders towards developing a strong platform and structure for University-Industry Partnerships in line with world-leading practices.

On the First Day of Workshop Director KICS, Dr. Waqar Mahmood introduced the Industrial fellows and gave a welcome note at the start of the Workshop followed by the address of Vice Chancellor UET Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid.

Dr. Nikoletta (Nicky) Athanassopoulou, a Senior Industrial Fellow based at the IfM Education and Consultancy Services at the University of Cambridge and Dr. Diana Khripko, a Solution Development Specialist at IfM Education and Consultancy Services at the University of Cambridge were invited as eminent guests.

Dr. Diana, Dr. Waqar, Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Dr. Asif Qaiser, Dr. Nikoletta

The attendees from different Institutions and Industries were provided with an opportunity to explore, manage and communicate the linkages between technology, research, and product development to commercial objectives and market opportunities through a structured visual framework.

The Second Day of Workshop started with the preview of the working and discussion of the previous sessions followed by the Session on the exploration of various types of Industry-Academia Collaboration and surveyed the purposes of a number of different forms of Industry-Academia collaboration.

Attendees were allocated in multiple groups with a task to develop an Action plan for the initiation and the nature of the Industry-Academia collaboration. Each group presented their idea and feedbacks were taken to single out the preeminent action plan.

The Workshop achieved the milestones for;

• Generating specific areas for industry-academic collaborations.
• Using selection criteria to aid the selection of high-value collaboration opportunities.
• Group work to explore and prioritize collaboration opportunities, to develop, roadmaps, identify enablers, barriers, and gaps in the existing portfolio.
• Making key actions for the stakeholders to move forward

Group Photo of Participants with honorable guests

In the closing ceremony, Vice Chancellor Dr. Fazal Ahmed Khalid appreciated the organizers and sponsors in structuring the workshop for bringing the Industry and Academia on a single platform.

Adding to the occasion Dr. Nikoletta (Nicky) Athanassopoulou and Dr. Diana Khripko expressed their gratification on the partnership of British Council and Higher Education Commission in providing this platform.