International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) to promote the industry-academia linkage.

According to the MoU, IIUI and ICCI will collaborate to promote research culture in the industry to boost industrialization in the region and produce demand-driven graduates for the industry.

Both sides have agreed to work together to conduct vocational and skills development programs for the promotion of entrepreneurship as well as educate students to practice sanctity in their work and follow ethical procedures.

The researchers of the university would also be helped to grow contact with the external parties.

IIUI and ICCI would also jointly work for the creation of internships and training programs for students to provide them with opportunities that can broaden their experience and exposure by working with experts.

IIUI students would be given the opportunity to conduct research studies to identify the challenges being faced by the local industry and make presentations to meet these challenges before joint sittings of IIUI and ICCI.

ICCI would conduct joint meetings of industry representatives and IIUI faculty & students to discuss opportunities in the market and would disseminate information to IIUI about various trainings organized by it or government organizations for the capacity building of faculty and students in different areas.

IIUI President, Dr. Hathal Homoud Alotaibi, and ICCI President, Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan, signed the MoU in a ceremony held at ICCI.

IIUI Vice President Administration & Finance, Dr. N.B. Jumani, and Vice President Research & Enterprise, Dr. Ahmed Shuja Syed, were also present at the occasion.

IIUI President said that the linkage of academia and industry is a need of the hour, adding that through research, we could achieve the future demands of our industry and it is necessary to bridge the gap between academia and industry.

President ICCI said that the chamber of commerce will work keenly to facilitate IIUI students for their internships and projects in functioning industrial units.