25 Feb 2022

The two-day Online International Conference on “TechHighEd Pakistan 2022 Smart Higher Education: Trainings, Transformations, Traps” commenced at the Air University, Islamabad. The Conference revolved around the themes of Technologies in Teaching, Assessment and Learning, Digital Classroom and Social Integration, Simulations in Education, and Human Resources in Education Technology. The Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr Munawar Iqbal Ahmed, inaugurated the proceedings. Keynote address was given by Prof. Dr John Achrazoglou from The University of Iowa, USA. After the Keynote address, the Vice Chancellor Air University, Air Marshal Javaid Ahmed HI(M) (Retd), addressed the participants and prayed for the success of the Conference. He looked forward to the invaluable recommendations which will help further streamline the online/virtual learning platforms in Pakistan. The vote of thanks was moved by Co-Chair Professor Dr Wasima Shehzad. There were two Plenary Addresses: Prof. Dr Muhammad Shaban Rafi, Chairperson Riphah International University, and Dr Malik Ajmal Gulzar, Chair Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad. The parallel sessions in the afternoon comprised of Keynote Addresses by Dr Andreas Buerki, Cardiff University, Wales, UK and by Dr Milana Abbasova,, Khazar University, Baku, Azerbaijan. An interactive session was the Panel Discussion by Prof. Dr Munawar Iqbal Ahmad with the following National Panelists: Dr Fouzia Ajmal (IIUI), Dr Humaira Irfan (UoE), Dr Hamid Ikram (GCUFBD), and Dr Sheeraz Dasti (IIUI).

The Second day’s Plenary Address was given by Dr Helaine W. Marshall, Professor of Education, Long Island University, USA. This was followed by Dr Patrica Fidalgo Head of Curriculum and Instruction, Emirates College for Advanced Education, Abu Dhabi. Further two Plenary Addresses were given by Prof. Dr Zia Ahmad Principal, Emerson University, Multan, by Prof. Dr Samina Malik, International Islamic University, Islamabad and by Prof. Dr Summaira Sarfraz, FAST, Lahore. The Keynote Address was delivered by Dr Diki, Universitas Terbuka, Indonesia. The Panel Discussion was chaired by Prof. Dr Wasima Shehzad and the Panelists were: Dr Fauzia Janjua (IIUI); Dr Akifa Imtiaz (FJWU); and Dr Umar Farooq (CUST). The Closing Ceremony was held on the same day. The Vice Chancellor Air University, Air Marshal Javaid Ahmed HI(M) (Retd), appreciated the efforts of the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) in organizing the conference. The Conference Findings and Recommendations were presented by Dr Sadia Irshad (Conference Focal Person). Closing Remarks were made by Dr Farzana Masroor (Chair English). The Vote of Thanks was conveyed by Dr Sohaib Sultan (Chair HEP).