Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC)

From its humble beginnings in 1998 with barely a dozen faculty members and a couple of hundred students, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) is now among the top five large universities and the number one (1) Information Technology institute in the country! On the research forefront, CIIT is number two (2)in the nation. CIIT is dedicated to advancement of learning and extending the frontiers of knowledge. The Institute’s mission is threefold, i.e. Research and Discovery, Teaching and Learning, and Outreach and Public Service. Its mission supports and promotes knowledge creation in academically diverse disciplines and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people.

CIIT’s mission meshes very well with its strategic aim of developing a knowledge economy benefitting socio-economic environment in the country. To fulfill this purpose, the “Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) was established in 2011with the aim of linking university research directly with educational, social and economic priorities of CIIT and its broader community. Its slogan is “Creating endless opportunities by transforming research into prosperity.”

The ORIC at CIIT operates with the following Terms of Reference:

  • Enhancing research culture
  • Promoting inter/cross disciplinary research
  • Building university – industry linkages
  • Inculcating entrepreneurship among researchers
  • Generating intellectual property through research, innovation, and commercialization
  • Establishing technology/innovation/business parks
  • Catalyzing technology transfer through spin off companies and licensing
  • Augmenting capacity building of research/corporate community

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