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PAF-IAST has planned to establish five centers of excellence at its premises

Centers of Excellence (COE)s

PAK-IAST had got approval for establishing the Sino-Pak Center of Artificial Intelligence from Public Sector Development funds. The core objective of the center to build national capacity to carry out R&D in the emerging field of artificial intelligence by producing expertise through MS/PhD programs in collaboration with Chinese and Austrian universities. To solve local problems using AI and market them through the technology park. Provide high-value shared services to industrial partners. Develop an advanced workforce in AI and Data Science through training and applied work. Help in creating ecosystem for startups and spin-off companies to make Islamabad an IT hub for software companies/businesses. To lead other Pakistani universities, institutes, and industries into the era of artificial intelligence by managing and sharing the infrastructure and trained human resource.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a comprehensive and integrated infrastructural based project and is a major part of the China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) global initiative. Railway is one of the most important means of transportation, especially the freight transportation, since long. Construction work on $8 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor’s project of Pakistan Railways - up-gradation of Main Line, ML-1- is likely to start this year. PAF-IAST planned to establish center of excellence in Railway Engineering as the location of the institute is situated on the line of ML-1 route. The core areas will be Signaling, and Communication Engineering.

The Nanotechnology Center for Socio Economic Development (NCSED) proposes to become the leading hub of innovation, scientific research, knowledge transfer to local researchers, and training in the area of high-resolution imaging and spectroscopic techniques for in-depth analysis and understanding of new and emerging (nano) materials.

The main objective of the center is to develop and upgrade the facilities for characterization and evaluation of (nano) materials and devices, which will become the hub of major research, development and commercialization activities in Pakistan. This center objectives will be closely related to the priority areas of the Higher Education Commission, S&T Sector and Ministry of Science & Technology, Pakistan.

Pakistan is rich in mineral resources, including clays (china clay and fire clay), copper, dolomite, gypsum, iron ore, limestone, marble (onyx), salt, sand and gravel, and silica sand; energy resources, including coal, natural gas, and oil; and precious and semiprecious stones.

Keeping in view the new avenues and significance of mineral resources, PAF-IAST is aiming at establishing a Centre of excellence with the co-operation of Chinese universities and solely geared towards provision of skills concerned with Mineral Resources Engineering in the following disciplines:

  • Mineral Resources Engineering;
  • Raw Material Engineering;
  • Petroleum Engineering; and
  • Advanced Mineral Resources Development

Agriculture has remained the lifeline of Pakistan’s economy since its birth. It has been playing a pivotal role in development of the economy by providing food security to the masses and poverty reduction. It also provides cheap raw material to several value-added industries.

PAF-IAST has planned to establish a Centre of excellence in Agriculture Food Technology with the co-operation of Chinese universities in the critical areas such as:

  1. Food processing Technology;
  2. Packaging Technology
  3. Seed Technology
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To boost innovation, every faculty member, trained in Austria and China, will be offered an average grant of USD 50,000 for developing new projects in the Innovation Park.
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The PAF-IAST programs are closely integrated with a parallel program for the development of technology-driven enterprises. For holistic achievement of the concept, it is necessary to dovetail the institute’s educational infrastructure with a corresponding and compatible growth in high-technology industry in tandem. To meet this critical need, PAF-IAST has a sound plan in place to build on its state-of-the-art campus an Innovation Technology Park. To boost innovation, every faculty member, trained in Austria and China, will be offered an average grant of USD 50,000 for developing new projects in the Innovation Park. A sum of 10 million USD has already been set aside for this purpose. The new projects, which will be implemented largely in collaboration with scientists of Austrian and Chinese partner universities, could potentially lead to joint patenting and industrial production.

Pak-Austria Fachhochschule: Institute of Applied Sciences & Technology, (PAF-IAST) Haripur

KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA AND Haripur Chamber of Commerce & Industry (HCCI) Haripur KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA has decided to sign MOU.

The main purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to establish each Party’s intent to engage in discussions and exchange information with the other Party to support each other on mutual interests and in the interest of region/country.

The main purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to establish each Party’s intent to engage in discussions and exchange information with the other Party to support each other on mutual interests and in the interest of region/country.

A joint committee is constituted, and two members from each side are included, the committee will meet on regular basis and put recommendations to higher ups of the both parties for decisions and implementations on mutual understanding.

The initial objectives of the MOU are:

  • Establishment of State-of-the Art Research Laboratories at PAF-IAST Haripur to cater for the testing and certification needs of the industry
  • HCCI member Industries will be encouraged to routinely send samples of their products/materials for testing at the PAF-IAST Research Laboratories
  • Internships opportunities for students of PAF-IAST at Hattar Industrial Estate
  • Applied research for industrial problems and development assistance for innovations in existing products by Faculty of PAF-IAST
  • Trainings for Industry employees at PAF-IAST which will be certificate based in relevant areas of mutual interests
  • Motivational lectures/seminars by Experienced Industrialists

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International Collaborations

PAF-IAST one of his goal to establish linkages with international reputed Institutes and get benefit from them in terms of human resource, technology transfer, research activities, and support for establishing the center of excellence and technology park.

The main purpose of the agreements is to foster collaboration between the Foreign Institutes and PAF-IAST. The aim is to establish an academic link between the institutions for mutual benefit and in a spirit of friendship and co-operation.

The agreements are signed with the following Institutes:

  • FH | JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences, Graz, Austria
  • Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • China University of Mining and Technology, Jiangsu
  • Guangdong University of Technology, China
  • University of Science and Technology Beijing
  • Beijing Jiaotong University
  • Software Competence Centre Hagenberg Austria
  • China University of Mining and Technology, Jiangsu
  • Shanghai University China
  • Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, China
  • Jiangsu University (JSU), China
  • MCI, Management Center Innsbruck - Die Unternehmerische Hochschule GmbH

Area of Cooperation

  • Exploration of collaborative research projects
  • Exchange of teaching and research staff
  • Organization of joint academic activities which include degree program, seminars, lectures, workshops, and conferences
  • Progression and exchange of students
  • Short visits of faculty

Training of Faculty and Administrative staff of PAF-IAST