Partnership with Universities
Universities play a key role in building knowledge cities. An example is role of Silicon Valley universities (e.g. Stanford University) in fostering startups and building a knowledge economy. Universities are a source of intellectual capital and provide opportunities for research and incubation of ideas. They are a key component in development of any knowledge economy. There are 27 academic institutions in Islamabad/Rawalpindi area offering relevant higher education technology programs. Universities like NUST are already working on projects like National Science and Technology Park (NSTP) and have a startup incubation center.
The strategic plan will focus on building strong relationships with universities, facilitating their projects that serve the project’s objectives and leverage their intellectual capital and expertise. A key focus will be to help universities in their efforts to increase the quality and skillset of their graduates as well in facilitating and helping their research projects.