Pakistan gravely lacks an adequately trained and skilled workforce in the production sector. This has been a major factor contributing to our low exports and poor economic growth. The situation has seen an only marginal improvement in recent years. While our National Education Policy recognizes the importance of technical education at the tertiary level for providing technical skills towards the fulfillment of industry requirements, much remains to be done to enable Pakistan to realize its true potential. The secret to developing a strong knowledge economy lies in the ability of nations to be able to manufacture and export high technology goods. For this, we must have top class engineering universities that can produce students that can meet the new challenges posed by the 4th industrial revolution with the accompanying emerging and disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, next-generation genomics, industrial biotechnology, energy storage systems, 3D printing, new materials, and others.
Globalization and the information and communication revolution have greatly impacted the world’s production methods and structure. Today, knowledge is one of the key features between developed and underdeveloped economies. Pakistan is lacking in having an adequately trained and skilled workforce in the production sector which keeping us behind the others. It is evident, to become a developed economy, it has become a must to invest in and leverage its engineering sector. Pakistan must take advantage of the highest percentage of youth who can become a trained workforce and help the economy of the country.
I am sure this institute will be a great facility for students and to provide best platform for obtaining their degrees, which will help them to linked with relevant industry from start of their program, and better job opportunities.
Pak-Austria Fachhochschule: Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology is located in a rapidly changing and fiercely competitive global environment, Pakistan has to make bold strategic choices in order to achieve sustainable growth in the manufacturing sector.
This calls for massive structural changes and a major paradigm shift in the sphere of production. The answer lies in achieving technology and knowledge-based industrialization with a view to creating a sound base for promoting an integrated and competitive industry culture in the private sector.
To emerge as an outstanding leader in imparting sound skill-oriented education and producing capable, diligent and career-ready graduates to succeed in a globally interdependent society
To contribute to the development of sound industrial economy in Pakistan
To strive and achieve the goals of effective higher education in engineering, science, and technology
To pave the way through success and to promote the hi-tech industries in Pakistan
To establish an integrated Technology Park comprising Business Incubation Center
To engage world-class faculty, highly qualified and well-versed in applied research
PAF IAST is nestled in natural mountains that flank its campus from all sides, offering one even the ravishing view of snow-capped peaks of Nathiagali and natural winding trails. To its north-west is Tarbela Lake, a journey of only a few kilometers from the campus. Set in the middle of the campus is a natural lake, fed by the springs of surrounding mountains. The campus is just a 3-kilometer drive from the Hazara Motorway. The ideal setting equally conducive to academic activity and aesthetic sensibilities of the human eye is a serene island of its own kind, far from the chaos, congestion and cacophony of metropolitan culture. The major cities like Islamabad, Abbottabad, are just an hour’s drive, while small towns like Wah, Hasanabadal, Taxila and Swabi can be reached in just half an hour.
A Vision for the National Skills Strategy, 2008-12” seeks to achieve three main objectives in the context of defining technical education at the policy level:
These objectives are consistent with the policy of the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa towards poverty alleviation through skill training and human resource development. Underpinning these prime objectives is our prime focus on meeting workforce demands in key growth sectors such as industry, IT, information and communication technologies, medical technologies, electrical and mechanical as well as mineral resource development, extractive metallurgy, and construction fields.