Partnerships for the Goals

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NUST Signs Agreement with Multinational Consortium Led by ICA

NUST signed an agreement with a multinational consortium led by International Consulting Associates (ICA) for the development and expansion of National Science & Technology Park (NSTP), Pakistan’s first STP. The Transaction Advisory Services agreement between NUST and the multinational consortium led by iConsult, will augment NUST’s plans to develop NSTP by constructing eight towers in four phases over the next 10-12 years on Public-Private Partnership (P3) basis, over close to 60 acres of land at its H-12 Campus, Islamabad. Special Economic Zone status – availing income tax and import duty exemptions for 10 years – has already been conferred on the project to provide incentive support by the government. In December 2019, NUST established NSTP with a mandate to serve as an internationally proven vehicle for the promotion of science, technology and innovation by facilitating cooperation amongst research centres, industry, communities and government to create stronger knowledge-based activity in Pakistan’s economy. The pilot building is already home to a mix of anchor tenants, hi-tech SMEs and start-ups doing cutting edge research and innovation in select thematic verticals of national and international significance.

Foreign Students Treasure Collaborative Placement at NUST; Depart with Memories for a Lifetime

NUST’s signature Internship Program for International Students (NIPIS ’21) concluded at the university’s main campus. The program promises to deliver a sublime internship experience that not only advances the professional skills of participants from around the world but also reinforces their academic competence through its practical applications, and simultaneously gives them insights into the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of Pakistan. 33 foreign  interns – 28 as part of NIPIS, while 5 others from Association for the International Exchange of Students in Economics & Commerce (AIESEC) – partook in the program that entailed a 360˚ learning experience. However, due to the pandemic and travel restrictions thereof, a total of 14 interns could manage to physically attend the internship on campus, while the rest benefitted from the program through virtual means. The countries these interns represented included Afghanistan, Egypt, Canada, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

International Memberships National Science and Technology Park (NSTP):

NSTP strives to forge partnerships with like-minded institutions and organizations, that can serve the overall national interests of promoting Science, Technology and Innovation; training and grooming scientists, technologists and engineers to become drivers of change through innovative products and services; providing foreign markets to Pakistani innovators and entrepreneurs and opening doors to the Pakistani market for overseas innovators and entrepreneurs; facilitate joint ventures and partnerships between enterprises from different industries or countries; and more. NSTP is member and in strategic alliance with the following international organizations:

International Association of Science Parks (IASP)

IASP is a worldwide network of Science & Technology Parks having 347 members from 77 countries. NSTP is the only full member of IASP from Pakistan.

Asian Science Park Association

ASPA is an international nongovernmental organization established in Japan in 1997 for the purpose of accomplishing the joint development in the fields of scientific technology, industry and economy in the Asian region.

World Technopolis Association (WTA)

WTA is a multilateral international organization created with the purpose to connect the advancement of science and technology with local development. NSTP is the only associate member of WTA from Pakistan.

Inter-Islamic Network on Science & Technology Parks (INSTP)

INSTP is a platform for technological development among Muslim countries. NSTP is member for INSTP as well as the only Pakistani member of its Executive Council.

International Business Incubator (IBI) Beijing, China

International Business Incubator (IBI) Beijing, China also known as Zhongguancun Science and Technology Park. It is the most intensive scientific, education and talent resource base in China.

Iaccelerate, Wollongong, Australia

iAccelerate one of the leading and unique business accelerator and incubator program run by the University of Wollongong (UOW)). It’s a thriving community of like-minded entrepreneurs with vision, purpose and passion, offering a unique eco-system with exceptional education, mentoring and support.

Iaccelerate, Wollongong, Australia

iAccelerate one of the leading and unique business accelerator and incubator program run by the University of Wollongong (UOW)). It’s a thriving community of like-minded entrepreneurs with vision, purpose and passion, offering a unique eco-system with exceptional education, mentoring and support.

NUST Collaborations with International Associations:

NUST believes in establishing collaboration with international bodies for the capacity building, shaping future leadership, and preparing youth for the multi-dimensional global challenges. NUST has been collaborating with International Association for Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) foreign interns since 2013 as well as International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences (AIESEC) for students’ exchange programs. So far NUST has hosted fourteen international students in these programs and aims to increase the numbers in the future, focusing on in-take from under-represented countries. Apart from students’ exchange, NUST has been a member of Sustainable Solutions Development Network (SDSN), SDG Accord, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) which enable NUST to propagate its sustainability initiatives, establish collaboration, and share knowledge with the global key players.

NUST Community Service Club (NCSC)

Total 100,000+ Community Service Hours

NUST has encouraged and facilitated its students to participate in community service. Therefore, a highly dedicated and active club, NUST Community Service Club (NCSC), sponsored by the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (SMME), was established in 2007 for the sole purpose of developing a sense of responsibility, compassion, and empathy towards the community amongst the students of NUST. From a humble beginning of 35 volunteers in 2007, the club has now grown to 1000 registered members every year, 1100 registered for community service courses and an extensive network of NCSC alumni. It is headed by a council of students, yearly selected based on past community service contributions. The council makes a yearly calendar of activities conduct frequent eye-camps, blood donation drives, tree plantation campaigns, orphanages and school visits, awareness programs, and much more., collaborates with community partners and non-government organizations (NGOs).