(Web Desk) – Renowned Pakistani computer scientist and vice chancellor of the Information Technology University, Dr. Umar Saif has been appointed the UNESCO Chair for employing Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD).
A statement issued by ITU said that this was the first international UNESCO Chair in the field of ICTD, adding that this would help Pakistan become a centre of excellence in using Information Technology for development, especially to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“This UNESCO Chair is a huge honour for Pakistan and is a recognition of our work in using technology to solve problems of the developing world, including access to education, low-better healthcare, technology-enabled agriculture practices, rural Internet connectivity and digital financial inclusion,” said Dr. Umar Saif.
“This Chair will help Pakistan become a global hub of ICTD and the use of technology to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” he added.
“Through this UNESCO Chair, ITU will establish collaborations with leading universities such as United Nations University (UNU), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the University of Washington.”