Industry engagement is key to long-term success of the Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy


About the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy

The USAID-funded U.S.–Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy program (USPCAS-E) focused on applied research relevant to Pakistan’s energy needs and served as a bridge between the government, industry, and academia while undertaking sustainable policy formulation.

USPCAS-E was a partnership between Arizona State University and two leading Pakistani universities: the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad and the University of Engineering and Technology in Peshawar (UET). Through this partnership, ASU  leveraged its expertise in higher education, university design, applied research, and energy to help Pakistan release its enormous potential for economic growth through its universities.

Through technical assistance provided by ASU and under the umbrella of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, the centers at both NUST and UET are expected to become Pakistan’s premier energy think tanks that will generate cost-effective and sustainable solutions for Pakistan’s energy challenges. Sound governance, applied research, a modernized curriculum and the application of the latest teaching strategies and methods produced skilled graduates and increased the energy knowledge base in Pakistan. The centers are committed to supporting the success of both Pakistani women and disadvantaged youth in the engineering profession.

Our Vision

To make decisive contributions to Pakistan’s economic growth by significantly enhancing the capacity of Pakistani universities to respond to changing public and private sector needs for applied research, teaching and skilled graduates in the energy sector. USPCAS-E will advance NUST and UET to international leadership by linking university-based innovation in energy to sustainable progress in Pakistan.

Our Mission

To assist and support two leading Pakistani universities, the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar, in realizing their impact in energy-related research, scholarship, teaching and workforce development. To collaborate with the public and private sectors in Pakistan and contribute to the formation of national and provincial energy policy.

Energy at ASU

ASU is helping lead the transition to a future powered increasingly by renewable energy. Its expertise in developing leaders with the knowledge to transform energy systems is driven by strong training and implementation initiatives in Arizona and abroad. USPCAS-E leveraged the expertise and research of ASU’s multidisciplinary LightWorks Initiative centers as well as their capabilities in training and stakeholder engagement.