National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) with the mission “To develop NUST into comprehensive research led university with a focus on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship”
has devoted significant attention to R&D and its commercialization.
In consonance with this NUST established Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) with an aim to propagate /establish a research culture at NUST which caters for the national needs.
Directorate of Research Innovation and Commercialization:
The role of RIC Directorate is to 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. It also encapsulates NUST’s research and intellectual property opportunities at the earliest stage, and translates these benefits to industry by working closely with industry through partnerships, collaborations and licensing. It also acts as a conduit to facilitate NUST graduates towards employment and internship in these industries with the focus on promoting and making NUST graduates the premium choice for the employers.
Career Development Centre:
- Project Coordination Office: It promotes and facilitates cutting-edge research, including collaborative and inter disciplinary research, in areas related to the goals of the University. It gauges industry needs and process match making with NUST institutions to solve industrial problems and undertake related commercialization. It also provides support to for building Research capacity and capability of the University.
- NUST Intellectual Property Office: The Intellectual Property Office determine the patentability of a technology and provides assistance to NUST scientists / researches / innovators in filling and drafting their patents, copyrights, trademarks and design rights etc. applications. NUST has its own IP policy.
- Technology Transfer Office: The mission of TTO is to encapsulate NUST’s research and intellectual property opportunities at the earliest stage, and to translate these benefits to industry by working closely partnerships, collaborations, licensing and formation of spin-off companies. It is responsible for moving research results and discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace.
- Industrial Liaison Office (ILO): It predominantly maintains strong Academia Industry Linkage with the focus on promoting and making NUST graduates the premium choice for the employers
CDC provides programs and services to students and alumni in exploring and making effective career choices. The programs and services provide opportunities for NUST students and alumni to foster professional networks with employers and also assist employers in meeting their recruitment needs.Technology Incubation Center:
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 companiesProfessional 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.Science and Technology Ventures:
ST Ventures NUST is the first holding company to be established in academia in Pakistan. It acts as a platform for the creation of new enterprises by commercializing R&D output for successful businesses.