New Centre at NUST Shaping the future of Energy Engineering in Pakistan
A new research center, U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy, has been launched at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad.
The center has been inaugurated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director John Groarke and Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif.
The research center was constructed with the support of the U.S. government.
Highlighting the United States’ long-term commitment to strengthen Pakistan’s education sector and help find practical solutions for the country’s energy challenges, Mission Director Groarke stated, “These new buildings will house academic programs that will help shape the future of Pakistan and set new standards for the success of both women and disadvantaged youth, especially in the energy engineering profession.”
The new four-story, 60,000-square-foot building includes five classrooms, eight state-of-the-art energy laboratories, a seminar hall, conference rooms, a library, multiple office spaces, and elevator access for persons with disabilities.
Minister Asif expressed his appreciation for the assistance of the American people, saying: “The provision of better-equipped research facilities with assistance from the U.S. government is a testimony to our continued efforts and commitment to improving the quality of education in our country and solving our energy issues.”
Minister Asif also thanked the United States for assisting in many other projects, including construction of two hydel and irrigation facilities, Gomal Zam in KPK and Kurram Tangi in FATA.
In collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC), the new research center at NUST is expected to become one of Pakistan’s premier sustainable energy think tanks. NUST Rector Lieutenant General (retired) Naweed Zaman acknowledged USAID’s assistance by stating, “The role of USAID in the promotion of education is admirable. The center will help produce skilled graduates and set new standards for supporting success of both women and disadvantaged youth in the engineering profession.”
The United States, through USAID, is providing $20 million for the construction of four new research centers at Pakistani universities. This initiative is part of USAID’s larger $127 million investment that will harness applied research to find innovative solutions for Pakistan’s energy, water, agriculture, and food security challenges.