Mr Richard Aching at the NIHERST ‘Afternoon Forum’ held at the Education Towers on Friday 24th January, 2020.
The National Institute of Higher Education Research Science and Technology (NIHERST), a State Agency, operating under the Ministry of Education, hosted its first Business and Networking event on Level 4 at the Ministry of Education Towers, St. Vincent Street, POS on Friday 24th January 2020. NIHERST has planned three stakeholder engagement initiatives for this fiscal year with the chief aim of strengthening relationships and consultations with key stakeholders of the institute in pursuit of strategic work priorities.
This first event was geared to government ministries and related state agencies with which NIHERST has done work before or have potential work synergies. NIHERST is in the business of STEM and innovation advancement in society and there are many inter-ministerial opportunities to increase national output if we collaborate and have frequent consultations.
Various government ministries and a few state agencies were invited to the 3-hour forum which comprised an information segment with discussions on a National STEM Policy, Fab Lab experiences, Robotics and Rainwater Harvesting to name a few. This was followed by a science and innovation exhibition tour that culminated in a sociable networking affair. We were appreciative that our line Minister, the Honourable Anthony Garcia, made an appearance at this event in spite of his commitments to attend the re-opening of the Red House on that day. Despite competing events, we had representatives from Ministry of Education, Planning, Trade and Industry, Health, Agriculture Land and Fisheries, T&T Bureau of Standards and the Intellectual Property Office.
NIHERST is committed to enabling society through science and innovation and we see tremendous opportunities for greater societal impact if we leverage our partnerships for even greater success.
NIHERST was established as a statutory body by the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Act No.20 of 1984. NIHERST continues to pursue its mandate of promoting the development of science, technology and innovation in Trinidad and Tobago to enhance the innovative, creative and entrepreneurial capabilities of the general population.
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