- WHAT IS THE CAC?
- WHEN WAS THE CAC FORMED?
- WHO HEADS THE CAC AND WHO IS / ARE THE POINT(S) OF CONTACT IN THE CAC?
- WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF THE CAC SECTOR COMMITTEES?
- WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CAC / WHY WAS THE CAC FORMED?
- WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE CAC?
- WHAT ARE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE CAC?
- HOW CAN I BENEFIT FROM THE CAC?
- CAN I JOIN THE CAC IF I AM A STUDENT?
- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ROLES OF THE CAC AND THE CAREER
DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (CDC) AND INDUSTRY LIAISON OFFICE (ILO), TWO DEPARTMENTS THAT
ARE ALREADY WORKING IN NUST?
- WHAT IS THE LASTING IMPACT OF BUILDING CAC ON NUST AND PAKISTAN?
1. WHAT IS THE CAC?
Understanding the importance of industry-academia collaboration, NUST formed the
Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) whose mandate was to facilitate communication and
collaboration between university researchers and academic experts, thus enabling
them to together find workable solutions to industry problems by utilizing the vast
R&D base of NUST. The CAC encompasses eleven Industry sectors which are: Automotive,
Bio-Technology, Infrastructure, Information & Communications Technology
(ICT), Engineering, Banking & Financial Services, Energy, Chemical, Defence Technologies,
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), and the Social Sector.
2. WHEN WAS THE CAC FORMED?
CAC was formed in April 2010.
3. WHO HEADS THE CAC AND WHO IS / ARE THE POINT(S) OF CONTACT IN THE CAC?
The Corporate Advisory Councils governed by a Board of Advisors (BoA) that comprises
distinguished and eminent personalities from NUST, the Industry and the Government.
The BoA is chaired by:
The Secretary General CAC Mr. Amer Hashmi serves as the CEO, while the operations are headed by Director CAC Ms. Rabia Shoaib Ahmad, who manages the sector activities through a small but an efficient team of Associate Project Managers.
- Engineer Dr. M. Akram Sheikh, Professor Emeritus NUST and founder of the Corporate
Advisory Council; and
- Engineer Muhammad Asghar,Rector NUST
You can communicate with the CAC via the email addresses given below or through the firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com (Ms. Qandeel Nawaz,
Associate Project Manager CAC)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Ms. Sobia
Bilal, Project Coordinator CAC)
4. WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF THE CAC SECTOR COMMITTEES?
Each CAC Sector Committee is co-chaired by two senior executives (one from NUST
and one from the Industry).These Sector-specific Committees comprise of 15-20 members
representing the NUST Academia and the Industry. Members of each Committee combine
their thoughtleadership and experience, working towards mutual benefits.Details
about the NUST and Industry Co-Chairs of the CAC Sector Committees can be found
on the CAC homepage.
5. WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CAC / WHY WAS THE CAC FORMED?
A university, in addition to teaching and awarding degrees, must engage in research.
Research at universities across the world is academic as well as industry-specific.
However, in Pakistan, universities rarely develop linkages with the industry. NUST
has recognized the long-term advantages of these linkages for the university, the
industry, and the country’s economy. Therefore, it has brought on board over a 150 members from 11 different sectors of the economy, to fulfill the following high-level objectives:
The Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the CAC include:
- Help develop required University-Industry collaborations for “knowledge economy”
and “technology driven development.”
- Build mutual trust and faith.
- Build, produce and provide knowledge and knowledge workers.
- Visible, effective and measurable contribution to the Pakistani Economy.
- Help productive employment for NUST Graduates in Pakistan.
- Joint studies, projects and R&D (domestic & global Industries).
- Encourage domestic and global Industry to invest in NUST R&D facilities.
- Help develop appropriate projects in the National Science and Technology Park (NSTP)
- Undertake required studies jointly with Industry to assist government for rapid
development & economic growth.
- Site visits by faculty / students.
- School visits by Industry.
- Guest lectures by industry specialists.
- Workshops in industry by NUST academia through the Professional Development Center
- Term projects for students based on industry requirements.
- R&D projects for NUST faculty from industry.
- Student placements in industry (internship and employment).
- Improvement / addition in NUST curriculum based on industry relevance.
- Bilateral investments.
- Co-production of material for the CAC Newsletter.
6. WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE CAC?
The CAC members include:
- Industry experts from the 11 sectors in which the CAC operates. This includes NUST
Alumni currently working in different industries.
- Serving and retired officers of Government of Pakistan.
- NUST faculty.
- NUST Management.
- Students who are office-bearers in various social or community service bodies within
NUST can become a member of our Social Sector Committee (SSC).
7. WHAT ARE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE CAC?
With a very small, lean and highly ‘ideas-oriented’ team, the CAC manages 11 sectors
of the economy (in reality covering the entire spectrum of economic activity within
a science and technology paradigm).
- Within a span of 04 years, the CAC industry membership has grown to over a 150, which was a daunting task to accomplish, considering the fact that for senior
industry representatives like Chairmen and CEOs to come on board, winning their
trust in NUST and CAC to deliver what was promised was crucial, and indeed a challenging
task. However, we were highly encouraged by the fact that our core idea was greeted
with open arms by all stakeholders, particularly the Industry. As the Industry’s
faith in the CAC and NUST gets stronger, more and more partners join us; this broadens
the spectrum of industries that we cover, and the scope of R&D that NUST can conduct
for them. The spirit of national development is echoed by our members and partners.
The CAC’s sustained interaction with the industry has allowed us to build trust
on the basis of reciprocity.
- Through the CAC platform, several industry projects have been initiated by the NUST
schools; several have been completed, many others are under execution, and new projects
are being conceived. To view the list of projects, please click on Industry Projects.
- The CAC has managed to forge long-term investment relationships with Industry notables
such as the Millat Group, ICI, Huawei Pakistan and even foreign companies such as
NRG Bio-fuels of Canada and Canada Pakistan Business Council (CPBC). Huawei Pakistan
has set up a network academy at SEECS, NUST; it is known as the Huawei Authorized
Network Academy (HANA). NRG Bio-fuels of Canada is heavily involved in the biofuels
program of NUST’s Center for Energy Systems (CES). Several other examples of active
industry participation in NUST through the CAC exist.
- The CAC endeavors to involve the students in as much industry-based research as
possible. The industry shares with the CAC, research areas which NUST students can
take up as their thesis projects. The CAC ensures that such research is supervised
closely by our Industry partners, to give students exposure to real-time industry
issues, and a chance to work with Industry leaders. This not only broadens the students’
horizons, but also improves their employability. Currently, the CAC is working on
a few such research areas, for which students of CES, NBS and SEECS, NUST are being
involved. The research projects are currently in the development stage.
- The CAC, with help from other NUST departments including RIC, Administration, P&D,
etc., planned and conducted a Seminar on Regional Peace & Economic Development –
Role of China and Pakistan in NUST on 16th January 2012. A Chinese delegation from
comprising of senior members as well as students from Tsinghua University Beijing
and South West University of Political Science & Law, Chongquin participated in
the Seminar (as speakers as well as audience). All CAC industry members were invited
to the event, as were other distinguished Government and private sector individuals,
as well as NUST management and faculty. The same evening, the Launch of the China-Pakistan
Think Tank took place; planning and execution of this event was also done by the
CAC. The China-Pakistan Think Tank MoU was signed between NUST and the two Chinese
universities mentioned above. The deliverable of these two events was the formation
of the China-Pakistan Think Tank, which has created a common research, analysis,
and advocacy platform, aiming to increase cooperation and collaboration between
the two countries through knowledge inputs from the intelligentsia of both countries.
This initiative hopes to take Sino-Pak relations to a new level of strategic partnership
in all spheres of activities, and aims to develop a framework for strategic technical
and economic partnership based on mutually beneficial Technology Transfers and long-term
alliance. The formation of the China-Pakistan Think Tank also marked the creation
of the NUST GTTN – the NUST Global Think Tank Network; with NUST as the hub, the
GTTN aims to develop regional nodes, the first of which is the China-Pakistan Think
Tank. A network of interactions between the hub and the nodes and inter-node exchanges
is planned in order to make it possible to create a common and shared policy vocabulary
for reconciling conflicting national development and peace visions. The nodes with
which the NUST GTTN plans to connect with in future will be aimed at regional areas
with localized analysis becoming part of the policy output. The specific target
regions include Asia (China, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Indonesia and Japan),
the Americas (Canada, North America, South America), Middle East and Africa, and
Europe. In effect, the NUST GTTN was a deliverable of and a natural progression
for the CAC, since the Think Tank was conceived within the CAC, and our partners
from the Industry, NUST Academia and the Government are active members of the GTTN.
- The CAC also organized a Consultative Workshop on Science & Technology Park Development
at NUST from 30th January to 2nd February 2012, in collaboration with UNESCO and
the World Technopolis Association (WTA). The Workshop was led by the world’s leading
team of experts from WTA and the Surrey Research Park, UK. The Pakistani audience
comprised senior business / industrial groups, academia, and science policy makers
to share ideas for the establishment of Pakistan’s first National Science and Technology
Park (NSTP) by NUST. The workshop consists of consultative meetings of the UNESCO-WTA
team with academics and researchers from NUST. This workshop reiterated NUST’s commitment
to further the cause of S&T-led and equity-based socio-economic national development
of which the NSTP was going to be a vital expression.
8. HOW CAN I BENEFIT FROM THE CAC?
The CAC is a platform where the Industry, Academia and Government, all stand to
gain in different ways:-
- If you are a student, you are our biggest client! All the objectives that we strive
to achieve at the CAC are for the benefit of you all, NUSTIANS (currently adding
up to more than 11,000), the future of our country. We are working for the enhancement
of industrial and business activity in our country, which will benefit the industry,
improve the economy, and create employment opportunities for you and the thousands
like you studying in other universities in Pakistan. We want there to be enough
opportunities for you within your country, so you will not have to look to supposedly
greener pastures abroad. You should be able to achieve your personal and professional
goals while serving your motherland. So nation-building will go hand-in-hand with
personal and professional growth. This is the Pakistan that we envision for you,
for your children, and their children.
- If you are a NUST faculty member, your area of expertise and experience is extremely
valuable for us, since your expertise will help us to show our industry partners
the innovative contribution that your skills can make to the industry. Please do
come forward and meet us (face-to-face, or virtually through email or the CAC Access);
tell us how your expertise can be utilized to add value to the Industry, and we
will help match your expertise with the relevant area or problem of the industry.
Through this activity, your own skills and experience will be enhanced, giving you
an edge over your counterparts in the market. Your personal and professional growth,
and NUST’s growth, will precede and follow each other at the same time.
- If you are from the Industry, you form an important end of our triple-helix triangle
(Industry, Academia, and Government). The NUST R&D base is here to help provide
you solutions to your industrial and business problems, whether they relate to product
design, product improvement, process improvement, commercialization of an idea,
or a policy-related issue. We will match your requirement to the services offered
by the relevant NUST school(s), and hence form a partnership which will benefit
you in the long run, in terms of cost-effective and innovative R&D by our students
and faculty, an infrastructure base in the form of our labs and facilities, and
a resource pool of potential employees (NUST students. Sharing the CAC platform
with your counterparts from other industries will also enhance inter-industry linkages.
- If you are a part of the Government of Pakistan (GoP), your inclusion to the CAC
is of high value to us, as we need your input and your support to push industry-
and economy-friendly policies through the relevant quarters. We all must join hands
to work towards one goal – nation-building. And that cannot be achieved without
active contribution from you.
9. CAN I JOIN THE CAC IF I AM A STUDENT?
Yes, you can join the CAC Social Sector Committee (SSC) if you are an office bearer of any of NUST’s social service bodies, regardless of which school you are in. You can write an email giving a comprehensive detail of yourself including the Name, Semester, Department, School, Email address, Contact number and your current residing address to email@example.com. A short paragraph as to why you want to join the Committee should be included as well. Confirmation email will be sent to you within 2 weeks of receipt of email.
10. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ROLES OF THE CAC AND THE CAREER
DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (CDC) AND INDUSTRY LIAISON OFFICE (ILO), TWO DEPARTMENTS THAT
ARE ALREADY WORKING IN NUST?
The Career Development Centre (CDC) provides programs and services to students and
Alumni in exploring and making effective career choices. These programs provide
opportunities for NUST students and Alumni to foster professional networks with
employers and also assist employers in meeting their recruitment needs. The mandate
of the Industry Liaison Office (ILO) is also mostly student placements in the Industry,
for which they work with the middle-to-lower management levels in the Industry.
The CAC liaisons with the top management in various industrial, business and Government
enterprises and its main thrust is on generating projects through which the NUST
R&D base in its various schools can solve industry problems. The CAC’s linkage with
the academic schools of NUST and industry leaders through its unique structure described
above helps the fulfillment of this objective. Of course, there is an overlap between
the ILO and the CAC, and these two entities work in close cooperation with each
other to complement and supplement each other’s role and task.
11. WHAT IS THE LASTING IMPACT OF BUILDING CAC ON NUST AND PAKISTAN?
Universities have a significant and pivotal role to play in the development of nations
and economies. CAC was developed keeping in view the 4 basic functions of a university,
and is playing a fundamental role in achieving the third, fourth and fifth functions
- As discussed above, the most basic function of a university is to teach and to award
degrees, which is no higher than the role of a college.
- The second and third functions are academic and industry-based R&D, both of which
are being fulfilled by NUST.
- The fourth function is to contribute to policy development at the national level;
although the CAC still functions as a pseudo-Think Tank, it has helped NUST to form
the first Academic Think Tank in Pakistan – the NUST GTTN. The GTTN and the NSTP
(discussed below) are actually CAC deliverables.
- The fifth function of a university, based on its pool of the most fertile minds
in the country (faculty, researchers, and students) is to create a dynamic Knowledge
Ecosystem – a platform for technology incubation, business development and commercialization.
STPs promote interaction between institutional elements, i.e. universities, research
parks, large companies, venture funds etc., and non-institutional elements i.e.
talent, bodies of knowledge and virtual communities, to create job opportunities
for the youth and link local assets to global and domestic markets generating value.
STPs around the world contribute significantly to the economies of the countries
they are in. NUST, recognizing its responsibility towards the economic growth of
Pakistan, is developing the first Science & Technology Park (STP) of Pakistan, known
as the National Science & Technology Park (NSTP), NUST. The NSTP will be an alliance
between the University, the Government, business enterprises, and R&D institutes,
drawing together the best intellectual minds, their innovative research and the
latest technologies in a wide number of areas. The NSTP will focus primarily be
on high-tech R&D, commercialization, designing, production and manufacturing. It
envisions stimulation of economic activity in the country by developing a unique
knowledge-based multi-industry cluster around the capital city, including segments
of the ICT, Engineering, Bio-technology, Banking & Financial Services, Defence
Technologies, Energy, and Automotive Industries – all of which are already NUST’s
partners through the CAC.