Institutions in higher education, research and innovation play a central role in the advancement of societies and economies. They foster economic growth, strengthen technological progress, and enhance job creation. In today’s competitive environment, I am confident that NUMS will be successful in developing new partnerships with leading companies, foundations, and other research-intensive institutions. These partnerships will not just be about transferring knowledge from lab to practice. They will provide critical funding for talented faculty and students to pursue foundational research, enable students and faculty to exchange ideas with the very best minds inside and outside the university, and perhaps most importantly, help to prepare students to be citizens of a rapidly changing world.