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The National Skills University Islamabad is the first public sector university in Pakistan established on the premises of fast job transformation challenges associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This higher education institute differs from the conventional higher education institutes by paying more attention to inculcating job-ready skills among learners besides their cognitive development. Graduates of this university are expected to have ample knowledge of workplaces in their field of specializations due to its pedagogical practices focusing more on discipline-specific practical experience. This will involve both training in the university laboratories as well as working in the field with industrial collaborators of this institution through Co-op programs.
Brief History of National Skills University:
The Federal Government established the National Technical Teachers’ Training College (NTTTC) in 1985 under ADB assisted Technical Education Project for quantitative and qualitative improvement of Technical Education in the country. Similarly, the Federal Government established an Institute for Promotion of Science Education and Training (IPSET) in 1989 for qualitative improvement of Science Education in the country.
Later, in 1997 the Federal Government merged NTTTC and IPSET and renamed it as the National Institute of Science and Technical Education (NISTE) and declared it as Subordinate office of the then Ministry of Education.
In 2010, after the 18th amendment in the Constitution, the Federal Government decided to upgrade NISTE into Degree Awarding Institute (DAI) to offer various undergraduate and graduate-level engineering technologies programs to meet the requirement of the industry of the country.
In the light of international and particularly the regional trends, the Government decided to upgrade NISTE into National Skills University (NSU) to meet the technical human resources requirements of industry and other sectors of the economy.
The Parliament of Pakistan approved the Act to Upgrade NISTE into National Skills University, Islamabad on March 07, 2018, and subsequently the President of Pakistan approved NSU Charter on March 12, 2018.
The main objective of establishing the first-ever National Skill University is to produce a substantial number of high-quality graduate and post-graduate technologists professional in a variety of current disciplines to meet the national demands.
To be a premier institution for skill-based technical education, focusing on the youth's excellence and economic empowerment.
NSU aspires to achieve excellence in technical skills-based education by:
1. Offering innovative and demand-based skilling and re-skilling programs, certificates, diploma, and degree programs;
2. Building partnerships with industry and businesses to ensure their engagement and participation in the emergence of NSU as a cutting-edge skills university;
3. Focusing its programs on the demands of Pakistan economy and industry and producing talent with employable technical skills;
4. Leveraging relationships with all its stakeholders (government, students, faculty, community, industry, donors, and others)
5. Facilitating accessibility of NSU to all the youth of the country through its campuses and affiliates;
6. Deploy public funds prudently to ensure access to technical education for the neediest youth and generate additional resources for the university's betterment.
7. Creating an enabling environment that facilitates the growth and expansion of the university.
i. To produce a substantial number of high-quality graduate and post-graduate technologists professional in various current disciplines to meet the national demands of industrial progress and self-reliance.
ii. To make a significant contribution in technology development by giving impetus to the promotion of higher diplomas and degrees in technology education. Thereby providing the much-needed interface between the skilled technicians and the design engineers.
iii. To train teachers who will form the backbone of experts in reviving educational excellence, promote institutional management, become educational policy planners, and improve current educational teaching and learning materials to meet national requirements.
iv. To conduct research and development on important technological and academic issues and support the local industrial and other Government organizations.
v. To promote a knowledge-based environment to support the economic projections of the country.
vi. To help speedy attainment of national capability in newly emerging engineering sciences, including management and technology, by coordinating. Guiding and providing facilities for applied research in highly scientific and technological areas of national interest.
vii. To provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge amongst the elite from the world of science, engineering, and technology, both within and outside Pakistan.
viii. To help the industries through the following consultancy services.
a) Solutions to problems of industry.
b) Up-gradation of' technology.
c) Professional development through workshops/ seminars/ short courses.
d) Self-reliance in design and manufacturing through indigenous research and development.
e) Selection of equipment.
f) Technical vetting of procurement contracts.
g) Software development.
h) Technology absorption and effective utilization of equipment during service life.
ix. University will help in preparing a national curriculum for Technical Education at various levels.
x. University will act in teacher's training for capacity building and their skill upgrading through the following programs:
a. Training for science and technology teachers from all over the country as per the requirements specified fields.
b. Higher level training for newly inducted graduate and postgraduate; doctoral faculty of different professional institutions in pedagogy and institutional management.
c. Training program in curriculum development and other aspects (Teaching and Learning Resources).
d. Evolve and conduct a Staff Course for senior teachers, as per the requirements of educational institutions.
The NSU is offering several 4-Year BS Engineering Technology programs from Fall 2021 in five technologies. Moreover, NSU offers fourteen skills training certificates.
|Sharing knowledge about TVET||Secondary focus|
|Developing knowledge||Secondary focus|
|Developing and building capacities||Primary focus|
|Policy makers||Secondary focus|
|Private sector||Primary focus|
|Greening of TVET institutions and skills||Interested to lead|
|Migration||Interested to learn|
|OER and Online Learning||Interested to learn|
|Equity of access in TVET||Interested to learn|
|Gender equality in TVET||Interested to learn|
|Fostering entrepreneurship||Interested to learn|
|Industry 4.0 / Smart production||Interested to contribute|
|Capacity development projects||Highly interested|
|Policy oriented projects||Moderately interested|
|Knowledge development||Moderately interested|
|Workshops and conferences||Moderately interested|
|Within my cluster||Highly interested|
|With Africa||Moderately interested|
|With the Arab States||Moderately interested|
|With Asia and the Pacific||Moderately interested|
|With Europe, CIS and North America||Moderately interested|
|With Latin America and the Caribbean||Moderately interested|