NUST-Technopark is a Unit of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) that is located in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. It is a Strategic Business Unit (SBU) of NUST that systematically strives to position itself at the interface between the research and innovation efforts of the University Community on one hand and the private and public enterprise sectors in the country on the other hand.
To become a one-stop-shop at NUST that provides services to both the established businesses in the country and to scientifically inclined entrepreneurs that are desirous of harnessing the intellectual resources and expertise that are housed at the University.
Mission Of NUST-Technopark
To forge partnerships between the Faculties and Departments of NUST so as to encourage co-operation and transdisciplinarity on the one hand and Industry, Commerce and the Communities on the other hand so as to create opportunities for developing and sharing knowledge, know-how, skills and experiences; resulting in tangible benefits that are shared equitably between the parties who have all become stakeholders.
Strategic Goals and Strategic Objectives
To be a catalyst for the economic and social advancement the Zimbabwean society by stimulating economic growth,modernization and resultant prosperity through the exploitation of research outputs and innovative ideas that are generated at the University
To be the vehicle for technology assimilation, adaptation,customization and diffusion in Zimbabwean society ; primarily for the benefit of Industry, Commerce and the Communities
To be the SBU of NUST that carries out:
Critical Success Factors
The following are some of the CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS for the NUST-Technopark project:
The stakeholders of the Technopark in the first place are members of the NUST community as a whole, but particularly the University management and administration, all academics, the research staff, technicians and students. The Technopark project needs to enjoy the ownership of each category of the aforementioned stakeholders in order for it to succeed NUST-Technopark needs to cultivate an external stakeholder base consisting of business organizations and some community based projects.
An extension of the foregoing condition is that NUST-Technopark needs to forge strong ties with representative business associations in practically all sectors of the economy and also with Government Departments and Local Government authorities The management of the NUST-Technopark must first and foremost be competent, have a strong insight into the mindsets of academics and researchers, and above all have an entrepreneurial outlook so as to better relate to the mindsets of the captains of Industry and Commerce. The staff manning the Technopark needs to be diligent individuals, and also possess the qualities of patience and good public relations.NUST ought to have in place an Institutional Intellectual Property Policy (IPP) that is widely subscribed to by members of the University Community.Existence of the institutional IPP should result in the NUST Community being adequately educated on matters of IPPRs.
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