Message from the Head ORIC

Prof. Dr. Shahid A. Khan

“COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) since its inception has always focused on providing quality higher education in society. CUI believes that countries can flourish through an active research culture and a continual process of knowledge building for productivity. At CUI research, discovery and exploration of new venues for the public service is done through a rational approach of teaching and learning.

ORIC was established at CUI in 2011 with role to uplift academicians and students, facilitator to define strategy and processes with the collaboration of all stake holders. ORICs mission is to ensure quality research in academia and bring these efforts into commercial market in a tangible and meaningful output.

ORIC at CUI bridges the academia with industry, government and multinational agencies. During this short span of time ORIC has worked on facilitating its faculty and students in doing high impact factor quality research, protecting their intellectual property rights. ORIC also rewards these efforts through Research Productivity Awards and assisting them to acquire travel and research grants from various funding agencies. ORIC Professional Development (PD) caters professionals with the skills and knowledge set required to enhance their capabilities and develop future leaders. ORIC views student startups as key contributors to global economic and social development of a country; for which Student Startup Business Centre is in place at six campuses. The centers have been setup to inculcate the culture of innovation, research and commercialization through entrepreneurship among the youth and nourishing them to be a productive entity. The student ideas are fostered and ported to reality by providing platform of business incubation center.

We realize the challenges that had previously hindered universities to play an active role in the development of the societies. Keeping in view, at ORIC we are focused and committed in developing strategic and quality enhancement policies. With the aim to strengthen the CUI knowledge ecosystem, to meet the ever growing challenges of time. We are continuously working for the betterment of society by transforming the innovative ideas into reality through R&D. So that our country can stand proudly among the developed nations.”

Message from the Research Focal Person ORIC

Dr. Nadia Nawaz

“The mission of CUI meshes very well with its strategic aim of developing a knowledge economy benefitting socio-economic environment in the country. To fulfill this purpose, the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) was established in 2011 with the aim of linking university research directly with educational, social, and economic priorities of CUI and its broader community. Its slogan is “creating endless opportunities by transforming research into prosperity”. Establishing the liaison among the University, industry and society and to find appropriate placement for our graduates in the competitive market are the primary focused of ORIC at CUI Wah. Additionally, this liaison between university and industry will offer research based solutions to the industrial problems. Highly qualified and professional faculty and lab facilities are the expression of our efforts and great strength, which we are using for the growth and advancement of our students. ORIC’s efforts for promoting research at the University will equip students with up-to-date knowledge for not only facing the competition in the market, but also meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

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