Head quartered at University of Management and Technology Lahore Pakistan
The THA South Asian Chapter lead by Pakistan is the result of deliberations, discussions and presentations made at THA conference held in Tomsk Russian in September 2014. The chapter has been made possible after Mr. Abid H. K. Shirwani Director General University of Management and Technology Lahore has made presentations to the THA Executive Committee and other participants of the conference. He has convinced the audience why it is necessary to have a South Asian chapter of the THA. Mr. Abid made the point that by creating chapter of THA in South Asia will pave the way for sustainable economic growth and prosperity for the region. He emphasized that the majority of the population in the region is deprived of basic human necessities and the governments of the region are striving for finding a sustainable economic growth model. Triple Helix has the potential to offer a sustainable innovation lead economic growth model.
South Asia THA (SATHA) has been established to spur research, innovation economic growth and regional competitiveness in the region to cope the challenges of growing population and poverty. Among the major challenges of South Asian countries are the weak political, social and economic institutional base which has pushed the region among the poorest areas of the world. SATHA through its knowledge based activities intends to build coordinated interactions among the suppliers and users of knowledge.
SATHA intends to build interactions between Universities, Industries, and Governments (UIG) of the region with articulated protocols and with focus on building the capacity of UIG actors for better performance which can ensure economic growth through innovation, entrepreneurial capacities, enhanced knowledge and technology transfer. SATHA will try to improve the overall level and quality of interactions among the UIG actors which involve several strategies to improve higher education, effective coordination, training and development and capacity building of the human resources engaged in UIG.
SATHA will facilitate the regional universities, industries and governments to articulate strategies for better performance through which the dream of regional competitiveness, innovation and higher living standards can be achieved. SATHA will work with the sub chapters of each country to ensure its regional objectives. SATHA in coordination with donor agencies will develop projects for research and training to build the capacity of sub chapters for promotion of SATHA objectives.
Furthermore the content-specific aims of the SATHA are in line with THA and it will align its all activities and strategies according to the overarching objectives of THA. SATHA intends to promote analyses and studies on the interaction between universities, firms, and government, aimed at translating academic models into practical achievements. It will support international exchange of scholars and educate scholars in the field of THA’s mission. It will organize international symposia of relevant scientific interest, provide a common discussion framework for Triple Helix actors in order to engage in regional development and boost the innovation capacity, encourage and support entrepreneurship and competitiveness.
University of Management and Technology Lahore is the headquarter for South Asia THA Chapter. The University of Management and Technology is an entrepreneurial university and is the outcome of love for knowledge, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship from its founders. The University of Management and Technology is the realization of the dream of two noble personalities Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad (Rector UMT) and Mr. Abid H. K. Shirwani (DG UMT). The untiring efforts of the two persons have earned for the university a status of top 10 universities in South Asia. Now the university is hub for many entrepreneurial ventures and is a center point for innovation and commercialization through its subsidiary IRP (Institute of Research Promotion and ORIC (Office of Research and Innovation Commercialization).