Think tanks are a key element in the global competition and
collaboration for knowledge production and acquisition today amongst
knowledge–producing actors. NUST Global Think-Tank Network (GTTN) is an
international policy research, analysis and advocacy initiative that brings
together Pakistan’s thought leadership on one platform for linking up with
global intellectual excellence. Designed to utilize the dynamic and diverse
knowledge generation and dissemination potential of NUST, GTTN has evolved
gradually and can best be described as an emergent structure. The network
approach has been adopted considering the interconnected and global nature of
The first node of GTTN was launched on 16 January 2012 as
China-Pakistan Joint Think Tank between NUST, Tsinghua University, Beijing, and
Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL), Chongqing, China.
The other nodes of GTTN shall consist of knowledge partnerships with renowned
academic and non-academic think tanks in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, North
America and South America. The nodes have been envisioned on the basis of the
belief that each region has followed a particular trajectory of
socio-historical development which is in turn embodied in the various knowledge
paradigms of the societies inhabiting each region. These paradigms are codified
in the dominant systems of knowledge best represented by the higher education
institutions of these regions. GTTN shall strive to bring these different
knowledge paradigms together for helping solve regional and global problems
through creating globally competitive knowledge for development, poverty
reduction, economic growth, and social inclusion. GTTN and its activities
strive to accommodate the commonalities and differences in stages of
development of countries and societies across the world. Through its
horizontal approach to collaboration, GTTN shall enable the different
continental, regional, and national traditions of wisdom to converge at one
platform for initiating a global dialogue on coming to terms with the common
problems like poverty and development, conflict and war, urbanization, and economic and social inequality.
The emphasis of GTTN’s activities shall be the promotion of a
multidisciplinary understanding of contemporary events to facilitate
international, regional and domestic flows of ideas. This engagement approach is inspired by a
vision of the world in which the values of peace, prosperity, justice and
harmony reign supreme as only such a world can ensure a free and fair development
for all peoples, nations and states of our world.
To become a global network of think tanks for promoting development, justice, peace, prosperity, and harmony at national, regional and global levels.
To actively influence nation-building through regional and international knowledge-based collaboration.