July 24, 2018 – A multidisciplinary MoU was signed between United Nations Industrial
Development Oragnisation (UNIDO) and National University of Sciences and
Technology (NUST) at the main campus of the NUST. Lt Gen Naweed Zaman, HI(M),
(Retd), Rector NUST, and Ms Nadia Aftab, UNIDO Country Representative,
were present at the ceremony, along with NUST
team including Pro-rectors, senior department heads and associates, and representatives
from UNIDO team comprising of all coordinators of projects.
The purpose of the cooperation under
this MoU is to complement the organisations' areas of expertise in industrial development,
especially Cluster Development Initiative (CDI) for Small & Medium
Enterprises (SMEs). Areas of collaboration will also include industry-specific
research, professional development trainings and policy analysis.
the occasion, Rector NUST said that NUST valued its partnership with UNIDO,
adding both organisations aimed to establish UNIDO-NUST InnoHub at National
Science & Technology Park being set up at NUST. He maintained that the
InnoHub would aim at promoting R&D, specifically addressing the needs of
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The Rector further said that UNIDO, under
the CDI with the Punjab Government, has engaged NUST to carry out interaction
with Sialkot-based SMEs in surgical cluster, and recommend measures to develop it.
Country Representative also expressed UNIDO’s interest to strengthen ties with
NUST in multiple domains, including joint R&D projects, provision of
consultancy services in multiple domains, student job placement, and InnoHub at