Aptly located at the Innovation Drive in the NUST Central Campus in Islamabad, the Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) is a comprehensive, purpose-built facility that houses the University’s Offices of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) as well as allied offices for fostering industry-academia linkages under one roof.
The rationale behind creating a specialized facility is to reinforce the University’s resolve to promote research, innovation and entrepreneurship by creating a dynamic environment that fosters innovation and creativity through strong inter-linkages between various partners in the RIC eco-system. These include:
- Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization:
- Directorate of Research
- Directorate of Innovation & Commercialization:
- Intellectual Property Office (IPO)
- Technology Transfer Office (TTO)
- Industrial Liaison Office (ILO)
- Technology Incubation Centre (TIC)
- Professional Development Centre (PDC)
- Career Development Centre (CDC)
Technology Incubation Centre:
The Centre has been established to facilitate and support the innovation engine of the University. It is the first model technology business incubator of Pakistan established under the academia, to provide an environment that attracts and nurtures technology based start-up companies, and transforms them into commercially viable enterprises. TIC provides a platform for NUST faculty/students, having commercially viable R&D output, to establish their own start-up companies in order to commercialize their R&D work as entrepreneurs. The objectives of TIC include fostering an entrepreneurial culture, by providing the students and faculty of NUST, an opportunity to transform their technology-based business ideas to reality. These facilities are also open to the general public, provided they contribute to NUST knowledge base. It further aims to facilitate the availability of NUST resources to the incubatees in a mutually beneficial way by liaising with private/public sector funding sources, government agencies, industrial associations, chambers of commerce and industries to provide facilitation and networking for Incubatee companies.
The Directorate of Research established at NUST is acting as a focal point for providing guidance and support to the constituent institutions in all activities related to research & development. As such, the Directorate has a significant role to play towards achieving NUST vision. The mission of this Directorate is to facilitate and co-ordinate research activities of NUST constituent institutions and to liaise with other national as well as international academics, research and industrial organizations to facilitate research at NUST.
Innovation & Commercialization Directorate:
The role of I&C Dte is to encapsulate NUST’s research and intellectual property opportunities at the earliest stage, and to translate these benefits to industry by working closely with the industry through partnerships, collaborations and licensing.
Professional Development Centre:
Enables working professionals to remain updated with the latest developments in their related disciplines thus enhancing their knowledge, employability, and managerial skills. It also greatly helps towards building academia-industry linkage by providing opportunity to faculty members to interact with industry representatives who come for short professional development courses.
Career Development Centre:
CDC provides programmes and services to help students and alumni to explore and make effective career choices, foster professional networks with employers and assist employers in meeting their recruitment needs. The office offers various avenues to the students for personal and professional development and supports them in achieving their goals. CDC also provides valuable means to help employers select professional human resource to fill their job slots by acting as a mediating office for both employers and graduates. The office helps students connect with their potential employers through job fairs and employer sessions. The Industrial Liaison Office is a part of CDC.
Industrial Liaison Office:
NUST-ILO develops and maintains industry linkages to make NUST graduates their premium choice and identifies specific industry partners for the ongoing research at NUST. It gauges industry needs and processes match making with NUST Institutions to solve industrial problems. This office of CDC has direct bearing on commercialization activities. It currently looks after two areas. These are:
The role of IR is to build and maintain strong Academia Industry Linkage with the focus on promoting and making NUST graduates the premium choice for the employers. IR is already fostering professional networks; therefore it also supports TTO to leverage these contacts in finding the potential industrial partners for the research/technologies being developed a NUST for commercialization purposes.
The role of this department is to build and maintain lifelong relations with the NUST Alumni through a common platform in order to stimulate interest, build loyalty, increase involvement and generate support for the National University of Sciences and Technology.
All of the above organs play a key role in establishing much needed linkages between the industry and academia and therefore bridge gaps between the engagement and action neutral zones; as well as those between industry needs and University research. They help in following a very logical process that ultimately ensures economic benefit. Where some of these organs help in establishing industry linkages, others help in soliciting industry needs through these linkages. Still others, work towards translating these solicited industry needs into academic offerings, both academic and research based. Ultimately, as a last step, some of the above organs then evaluate the resultant need based research for commercialization potential, commercialize it and then offer Intellectual Property Management for the said. In this way, the process of creating knowledge based on current needs, and subsequently transforming the said knowledge into wealth is completed within our eco-system.