3. COMSATS Center For Executive Development (CCED)
The CCED is a recently launched initiative by the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CUI). It is an autonomous entity based in the Department of Management Sciences at the CUI Islamabad campus. CUI is a top-ranked public-sector university in Pakistan, presently ranked among the country’s top five in the research categories and number one in terms of IT education. CUI presently spans a network of seven campuses having in total more than 23,000 students and 2,500 faculty members – including one of the largest concentrations of PhD degree holders in Pakistan. A leader in innovation, CUI presently offers over seventy degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including a dual degree program it conducts in collaboration with the United Kingdom’s prestigious Lancaster University. CUI is also undertaking several scientific collaborative projects with reputed foreign universities across the globe.
No one will deny that in today’s challenging global economy where knowledge is now universally acknowledged the most valuable asset, education is more than a pathway to opportunity – it is a prerequisite. With rapid globalization, intensive competition and the increasing need for innovation, organizations in Pakistan and overseas are looking for employees who can think critically, analytically and holistically, successfully manage change, and apply new skills using more complex technologies. At the same time, organizations must continue to improve the way they operate, retain and manage their talent pool, and apply new best practice models in order to remain competitive and sustainable. Consequently, a knowledgeable workforce – one that is best prepared to compete in this economy in the commercial as well as the public and not-for-profit sectors – is in demand. Acquiring new knowledge, learning new skills, and applying new techniques can help master the challenges of change and enable Pakistan’s workforce to be more effective, efficient and innovative.
The CCED’s fundamental objective is to develop, organize and administer training programs in specialized business administration and management themes in accordance with the needs of and in close consultation with organizations operating in the public, commercial and not-for-profit sectors of Pakistan. CCED already has substantial experience to draw upon in this regard as the impressive list of Pakistani and foreign organizations for which its trainers has conducted training shows. In addition, CCED intends to organize events and undertake consulting assignments its fields of expertise for any organization in need of such inputs.
Through its activities, the CCED hopes to help its parent university CUI realize its mission which is to contribute towards Pakistan’s national development.