Memorandum of Understanding Signed Between Khawaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology and AGAHI
The two organizations will be working together on region’s first ever Foresight Lab in Pakistan in addressing challenges and generating awareness on issues amongst masses.
Lahore, PK – 8 September, 2017 – Khawaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology and AGAHI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that is aimed at chalking multiple possibilities to harness better futures by engaging various stakeholders. The two organizations will work together within the scope of their mandates on research and development towards setting up Pakistan’s first Foresight Lab. The Foresight Lab, is a facilitative platform that will provide a forum for debate and the exchange of ideas enabling meaningful futures discourse. Dr. Athar Mahboob, Vice Chancellor Khawaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology (KFUEIT) said “The University is committed in its mission to work in partnership with AGAHI for its futures research and development programme. KFUEIT, as knowledge-partners of AGAHI, under a well-considered plan will create a hybrid pool of resources for knowledge sharing for academicians creating a national conversation on alternative futures perspective.
The industry-academia linkage between AGAHI and Khawaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology will be working on promoting social debates concerning the formation of futures research by bringing together experts from various disciplinary backgrounds to incorporate their opinions and applying existing models to envision a broader range of insights into futures research and development pertinent to Pakistan’s Foresight Initiative.
Dr. Shahid Mahmud, Co-Founder of Foresight Lab and Chairman and Group CEO Interactive Group of Companies said, “This collaboration will help the futures thinking in facilitating the process of institutionalized research-oriented decisions led by academia. This practice will focus at both medium and long-term implications of a policy action”.
Foresight Lab in Pakistan is uniquely positioned at the crossroads of where academia contributes to thought experiment which connects to the country’s think tanks. Puruesh Chaudhary, Founder and President AGAHI said “The Lab will publish the first annual Pakistan – State of Future Index later this year. Further adding that, it is our responsibility to create 21 st century tools that advance human thinking, which is hugely needed in our society”.
The MoU is put forward as an effort to facilitate the process of consultation aimed at building the commitments among various stakeholders and academic experts in the need to create consensus on selective variables of the Pakistan State of the Future Index (PK-SOFI). State Of Future Index will help the decision-makers chart possibilities on creating newer opportunities by strengthening several institutions by producing quality futures research and policy designs. The two organizations will identify emerging issues and opportunities, study relevant prospective and their potential resolution, along with methods for accomplishing such research in support of expanding the Pakistan Foresight Initiative regionally as well as globally.
Khawaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology focuses on contributing to the development of regional economy and uplifting of local community by creating an environment for an intellectual growth.
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, conduct workshops, 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 capital development, 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. AGAHI is at the forefront of devising foresight research and future scenarios work in Pakistan.