Pakistan’s top University — the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) is planning to open its campuses in the UAE and Saudi Arabia on public-private partnership basis.
“We are increasing our visibility around the world to attract more Pakistani expatriates and foreign students,” said Lt-General (retired) Naweed Zaman, Rector of the NUST.
Pakistani expats in the UAE and Saudi Arabia comprise major part of Pakistanis living abroad. Out of an estimated 9 million overseas Pakistanis, around 3.5 million are based in these two countries and remit the highest combined total each year as compared to other countries of the Pakistani Diaspora.
The NUST Rector told media they are working on plans to open at least two campuses — one each in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. “Our priority is to open the NUST campus in the UAE first as we are talking to the authorities concerned,” Lt-Gen Zaman told Gulf News on the sidelines of an event held in Abu Dhabi as part of the university’s outreach program.
The event was organized by an Abu Dhabi-based prominent Pakistani businessman, who is also chairman of the Council of Pakistani Engineers in the UAE.
Zaman said they are working on different options to set up the university campuses within next two to three years if they manage to reach an agreement with the authorities concerned in the UAE. “We are also open for public-private sector partnership to operate the campuses,” he added.
NUST is the only Pakistani university which ranks among 500 universities in the world at number 437. It offers 124 programs to more than 16,000 students in various study fields for graduation, post-graduation and PhD. Around 50,000 students appear for admission tests every year to compete for 2,000 seats.
Last year, NUST School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering successfully developed the Cardiac Stents for the first time in Pakistan.
With funds from Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) to enable production of cardiac stents (both bare-metal and drug-eluted) and angioplasty balloon catheters, this is the first time that a medical school is producing devices to treat narrow or weak arteries in Pakistan.
NUST-MDDC is now seeking to establish a link between the industry and academia in order to develop the ignored medical devices industry.
In 2016, a team from NUST College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and Technology Incubation Center clinched runner-up position in “Robotics Entrepreneurship Forum” at the world’s biggest robotics event.
The first position was won by Cambridge University team. Over 1500 researchers participated in various categories of the event from more than 70 countries.