The Office of Research, Innovation & commercialization was established at the Ziauddin University in the year 2015 and it became operational on 28th October 2020, with the aim of operating under the vision of Ziauddin University and the guidelines of HEC. ORIC-Ziauddin University is now eligible for enhanced facilities for all HEC sponsored research projects and grants. Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Umrani, an award-winning innovation and entrepreneurship professional, is currently serving as the Director of ORIC.
HEC aims at motivating and facilitating the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to make research a top priority for sustainable economic growth and future knowledge economy. For this purpose, HEC announced the establishment of a central body in universities to serve as a pivotal point, encompassing all the research activities – from the development of research proposals to the commercialization of research products – under a single umbrella. These centers were named “Offices of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORICs)” through accountability, review of design and policies, systematic documentation, analysis of curriculum through identification and support of best practices in the field of education.
Ziauddin University has always been at the forefront of accepting and adapting best practices in the field of education. Recognizing the role that it has to play in the higher education sector, Ziauddin University has established a Quality Enhancement Cell. This cell has the responsibility to ensure that the University’s quality assurance procedures are compatible with national international standards and are designed to improve the quality of higher education.
The purpose of the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) is to develop, expand, enhance and manage the Ziauddin University research-related programmes and to link research activities directly to the educational, social and economic priorities of the university and its broader community.
“Enabling Ziauddin University to drive high impact innovation, applied research and entrepreneurship to benefit our society”
To promote the public good by advancing science, fostering innovation, and translating new inventions made at Ziauddin University into useful products/services/procedures that are available and beneficial to society. It works in partnership with colleagues in academic departments, colleges and external stakeholders to provide comprehensive support for research, enterprise, impact and knowledge exchange activity.
The Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC) aims to:
ORIC is in continued pursuit of ever greater accomplishments in research & innovation through our commitment to curiosity, excellence and quality. Ziauddin University’s research status is on the rise. There are an increasing number of ‘High Impact Factor’ publications and our researchers are breaking new grounds. It is great to see our researchers applying for national and international grants and building new collaborations. Ziauddin University is uniquely positioned with active faculties in Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing, Engineering & Technology, Social Sciences and Liberal Arts with a growing presence across Sindh. Ziauddin University is in expansion with an international outlook. We look forward to building upon our strengths and increasing our impact.
The office of Research, innovation & Commercialization is composed of four functional units these units work as independent and collaborative departments. ORIC ZU has university wide research groups and an active community of focal persons this facilitate in fulfilling the research objectives of ORIC & Ziauddin University.
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Commercialization of applied academic research along with technology transfer and industry collaborations would bring the required outcomes for the economic and scientific achievement of the country. ORIC has developed mechanisms for research commercialization and is setting up a Business Incubator and IPO office to support both researchers and budding startups.
Ziauddin Entrepreneurship Society operates under the umbrella of ORIC as a student wing that is dedicated to discovering, engage and fostering creativity and bringing up true entrepreneurial leaders from the university.
The objectives of BIC include fostering an entrepreneurial culture, by providing the students and faculty of Ziauddin University, an opportunity to transform their technology-based business ideas into reality. Providing support to entrepreneurs across ideation, acceleration, investment and scale-up stages.
Forge partnerships with other organisations for providing services to incubate or the incubator; liaison with the government and industries. Marketing the incubator and business development and actively promoting it through various channels etc. It further aims to facilitate the availability of Ziauddin University resources to the incubates in a mutually beneficial way by liaising with private/public sector funding sources, government agencies, industrial associations, chambers of commerce and industries to provide facilitation and networking for incubating companies.
As sustainability is one of the major issues facing the global community, ORIC has established the Sustainability Office to work towards the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In this regard, it promotes research and activities for all the 17 SDGs.
ORIC has developed a dedicated office to manage all activities which are in line with meeting sustainability priorities of the United Nations. The Sustainability Office oversees the university’s progress towards sustainable development, including Green Initiatives. The office also ensures that the university is meeting all SDGs compliance requirements as part of its Social responsibility. The office holds awareness sessions regarding UN SDGs both to internal and external audiences. The office, alongside other divisions, manages and promotes the research leading to innovations that will help to advance the SDGs.
Ziauddin University forges partnerships with outstanding academic and other institutions across the globe to expand the student experience, faculty growth and contributions, and the impact of our research. Collaborations with our foreign colleagues are essential to the success of our global activities. Ziauddin University has also established the International Office for propagating the Global presence of the ZU brand. Some of the collaborating university includes Monash University and stem cell from Australia, university of Bedfordshire, Valparaiso University, European Society for Translational Medicine and Our most recent partners and collaborations.
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Address: 4/B Shahra-e-Ghalib, Block 6 , Clifton, Karachi-75600, Pakistan.
To accept the responsibility as the Director ORIC at Ziauddin University that holds a solid accreditation for Medical, Technical, and Management education in Pakistan is a big task. Since its inception in 2015 as a mandatory requirement of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) to establish the Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC), Ziauddin University has been making efforts to optimize the functions of ORIC at maximum. There are an increasing number of High Impact Factor publications and our researchers are breaking new grounds. Ziauddin University is in expansion with an international outlook. It is great to see our researchers applying for national and international grants and building new collaborations. The academic environment at Ziauddin University enables students to support academic excellence and present opportunities to faculty, researchers to excel in their intellectual pursuits and build upon an environment that is highly competitive and academic. It also fosters entrepreneurial skills and academic excellence and motivates individuals to involve themselves in academic quests of the highest standards. We look forward to building upon our strengths and increasing our impact.
“We foresee a great future for Ziauddin University-ORIC!”
Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Umrani
Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC)
Ziauddin University (ZU) and Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning take an important step to improve parental and child well-being in Pakistan- 10th February 2023
February 10th, 2023, the Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning (PILL) and Ziauddin University launched Pakistan’s first National Centre for Research on Parental Mental Health and Child Development at Ziauddin University. Pro-Chancellor, Prof Nida Hussain, The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder, CEO of PILL, Prof Nasim Chaudhry. Prof Zafar Abbas, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Director ORIC Dr. Zulfiqar Umrani, Chair Department of Psychiatry, Ziauddin University Prof Imran Chaudhry, Assistant Directors PILL Mr. Ameer Bux and Sehrish Tofique were present at the occasion. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed to facilitate joint work in mental health research, teaching, and training.
Ziauddin University’s accreditation to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UNEP- 10th March 2023
On the 10th of March, 2023, Ziauddin University achieved a significant milestone by receiving accreditation to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This accreditation marks a noteworthy recognition of the university’s commitment to environmental sustainability and its dedication to addressing global environmental challenges.
Ziauddin University (ZU) signs an MoU with Hisaar Foundation – 18th May 2023
Ziauddin University is now a proud member of the Water Network which is an initiative taken by the Hisaar Foundation. In collaboration with Hisaar Foundation, Ziauddin University aims on taking strong initiatives toward water conservation and low-cost solutions for water resources development.
University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) Recognises Ziauddin University as an Official Member
Ziauddin University is now part of a geographically and culturally diverse network of over 500 colleges and universities in 60 countries that have committed to practicing and teaching sustainability and environmental responsibility. As the secretariat for signatories of the Talloires Declaration, ULSF supports institutions that want to contribute to a future of environmental health, social well-being, and economic viability. Ziauddin University, is the third signatory from Pakistan after NED (2018) and Mehran UET (2019), to the network of ULSF.
Ziauddin University (ZU) Becomes a Member of the UN’s SDG Academy
Ziauddin University has become a member of the SDG Academy Community of Practice. The SDG Academy, the flagship education initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), is a diverse network of educators dedicated to advancing education for sustainable development through peer learning and the sharing of best practices, customised resource development, and opportunities for research and thought leadership. Ziauddin University has established the Sustainability Office to advance progress on the SDGs.
Ziauddin University (ZU) Signs MoU with IdeaGIST Global – Bir Ventures USA Ltd. Karachi – October 27, 2020
Ziauddin University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bir Ventures USA Ltd. The goals and objectives are to provide entrepreneurship training to the students, support business incubation center workshops, one-on-one mentoring, process guidelines and by connecting the incubators to a global pool of investors, develop an online community of students, alumni, researchers and industry to encourage collaboration in developing innovation-driven enterprises. ZU students are participating in the PM’s Startup Pakistan program through this initiative.
Ziauddin University (ZU) Joins United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)
Ziauddin University joins over 800 leading institutes from around the world that are committed to building a more sustainable future by implementing the six principles and striving to achieve the SDGs. PRME deepens collaboration in and across institutions on specific issues relevant to corporate sustainability and responsibility and related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Ziauddin University (ZU) signs MoU with Oxfam Pakistan on Gender Edutainment Karachi – November 26, 2020:
Ziauddin University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Oxfam Pakistan – a non-profit organisation – on ‘Gender Edutainment’. The purpose of this MoU is to set forth the framework for collaboration between Ziauddin University, HEC and OXFAM Pakistan in the areas of gender-based violence through an edutainment approach in the university setting.
On the occasion of the signing ceremony of MoU, Prof. Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, former Vice-Chancellor, Ziauddin University said “we really appreciate the objective of this MoU. It is very important for the university students to be aware of their rights and to know more about harassment policies to control it in universities and workplaces”. The project, funded by the Australian Government, has already commenced at Ziauddin University.
Sartaj Abbasi, Gender Specialist, Oxfam Pakistan and Capt (R) S. Waqar Hussain Registrar, Ziauddin University signed the MoU on behalf of both organizations.
ACU Ambassador for Ziauddin University
Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Umrani has been assigned the role of Association of Commonwealth Universities – UK Ambassador from Ziauddin University. The ACU has established this role to improve communication with our members and to strengthen coordination with the UK and member institutions. ZU has established the International Office to support this initiative.
Monash University, Australia and Ziauddin University Research Collaboration Agreement
Ziauddin University (ZU) signed an agreement with Monash University (ANZIC-RC) for an international research project.Dr. Madiha Hashmi is the PI from Pakistan and is responsible for developing this cooperation. ZU will be responsible for overall coordination of the Study in Pakistan. The project is funded by ANZIC-RC which will also provide overall global project coordination for the REMAP-CAP multi national collaboration.Ziauddin University Startup Selected for Pakistan 100 Boot Camp 2021
Dr. Kiran Hashmi has been selected among top 13 startups in Pakistan 100 Boot Camp 2021 organized by IdeaGIST Global. Dr. Kiran Hashmi’s idea has received good scores from the panel of judges in pre-selection interview sessions. A total of only 13 teams have been successfully selected from Pakistan for the final stage.
Ziauddin University Partners with University of Oxford to Lead Project by NIHR
Project “African critical care registry network for pandemic surveillance, clinical management and research” by NIHR, in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) was led by partners including ZU and University of Oxford by Bringing together the expertise of researchers and clinicians based across low- and middle-income countries and partners from established critical care and pandemic networks internationally, this project aims to address the knowledge gaps that exist in the natural history and clinical course of COVID-19 related critical illness in Africa.
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ORIC-Ziauddin University is a pioneer and has already established a Sustainability Office (SO)-in ORIC Ziauddin University is operational since 2020 and working passionately. Sustainability office (SO)-Ziauddin University could support the Sindh SDG Support Unit in other ORICs in the establishment of the Sustainability Office. This would be helpful in generating inclusive and focused effort for the achievement of approved SDGs priorities of Sindh 2025 Vision.
Sustainability Office (SO), Ziauddin University Could Facilitate Public/Private Universities/ORICs in the following:
Objectives of Sustainability Office:
Major objective of the Sustainability Office (SO) would be:
Outcome of Sustainability Office (SO):
Structure of Sustainability Office/Cell:
Sustainability Office /Cell would operate under the umbrella /supervision of the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) in universities.
Sustainability Office/Cell could be managed by Manager-Sustainability Office, assistance can be provided with supporting staff. Manager-Sustainability Office would directly report to Director-ORIC.
Integration of Sustainability Office (SO):
Integration of sustainability office would be in two phases
Localization of Sustainability office (SO):
Globalization of Sustainability Office (SO):
National Centre in Big Data and Cloud Computing
Ziauddin University is organizing two parallel sessions at the UN’s SDSN 9th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD). “Research for Impact: An Inclusive and Sustainable Planet.”
The first session is titled: “SDG Learnings from COVID-19 for Science-Informed Decision-Making” whose invited speaker and moderators are:
Prof. Dr. Nida Hussain (Invited Speaker)
(Pro-Chancellor, Ziauddin University)
Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Umrani
(Director ORIC, Ziauddin University)
The second ZU session is titled: “SDG6 Implementation in LMICs and How National Water Policies Can Accelerate Progress”.