AGAHI and National University of Modern Languages (NUML) to create foresight perspectives on Linguistic Corridor
Islamabad, November 4, 2016 – AGAHI a not-for-profit organization and the country partner of the Millennium-Project, a Global Futures Studies & Research participatory think-tank signed MoU with NUML for establishing Pakistan’s First Foresight Lab focusing on the country’s challenges and opportunities. The Lab aims to check and test assumptions about Pakistan’s future among the leadership and wider society, explore perceptions of Pakistanis from both inside and outside the country, and identify future risks and opportunities.
The MoU signing ceremony was held at NUML Conference Room. On the occasion, Puruesh Chaudhary, the Founder and President of AGAHI said, “AGAHI and NUML will be focusing on strengthening the industry-academia linkage on creating informed foresight perspectives in Pakistan”. She further added, “This relationship will bring together experts from varied academic backgrounds road mapping their professional opinions on Pakistan State of Future Index (PK-SOFI) envisioning broader range of alternative futures.
Speaking on the occasion Rector-NUML, Maj. Gen. Zia Uddin Najam HI(M)(Retd) said; “Besides contribution in developing Pakistan-State of Future Index (PK-SOFI), NUML will suggest and collaborate on futures and foresight opportunities. The University faculty and AGAHI’s Foresight Lab Team will establish a linguistics corridor; linking it to a significant socio-economic development project, the Pak – China Economic Corridor (CPEC). This will be of immense importance for Pakistan”.
The knowledge collaboration will help strengthen the industry-academia linkages developing a demand-driven futures’ discourse pertinent to human security. AGAHI and NUML endeavour is based upon the premise that increased linkages between industry and academic institutes can improve quality of life and foster innovation within the pedagogy and practice of futures research. Dr. Shahid Mahmud CEO Interactive Group of Companies stressed the need for collaboration to meet the challenges of a fast evolving world that make the times we live in both exciting and frightening; sharing ideas and furthering innovations like never before. It’s time for a new way of thinking that’s driven by data. Foresight Lab primarily aims to accomplish this goal. In adding to the said endeavor by AGAHI, Director General-NUML, Mr. Riaz Ahmed Gondal emphasized that the significance of AGAhi and NUML’s collaboration through the signing of MoU will enhance interaction between academic researchers, practitioners and the Government to create a hybrid pool of resources for knowledge sharing whilst reaffirming how NUML will engage to ensure successful implementation of this MOU.
In concluding the MoU signing ceremony, Prof. Dr. Karamat Ali Director ORIC– NUML expressed that time has arrived where academic institutions must play their role to synchronize with initiatives like AGAHI’s Foresight Lab and how the endeavour would act as a catalyst to Identify the real important issues which are going to affect Pakistan in future and their indigenous solutions
Foresight Lab is a collaborative effort. AGAHI with its local partners Interactive Group of Companies and Eikon7 along with other leading academic institutions are creating a model that would have the ability to track expected state of the future over time at national, provincial and district levels – this will enable decision-makers to opt for the most informed policy choice.
AGAHI is a not for profit organization established in Islamabad in 2011 under the Society Registration Act 1860. Its primary function is to create non-paid communication strategies, content intelligence structures, development collaterals and tools for diverse sectors and organizations. AGAHI encourages and advises individuals and institutions in pursuing and supporting initiatives to improve the state of development in Pakistan. It works on developmental frameworks facilitating information and knowledge sharing platforms on understanding challenges in global perspective. Its research work mainly focuses on national and international security, ICT, competitiveness, human security, and governance. AGAHI in association with several leading national and international partners focuses on creating shared spaces for interactive learning, collaborative thinking, and knowledge sharing. It is at the forefront of devising foresight research and future scenarios work in Pakistan. AGAHI works with highly motivated and qualified professionals who have substantial experience in learning and leadership development.