National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST)

The National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST) was established as a statutory body by Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Act No. 20 of 1984, now Chapter 39:58. Since its establishment, NIHERST has resourcefully pursued its mandate to promote the development of science, technology and higher education in Trinidad and Tobago, and enhance the innovative, creative and entrepreneurial capabilities of the general population. The fulfilment of this mandate has been guided both by changes in national development priorities and government’s policy imperatives.

NIHERST’s work involves: research and intelligence gathering to shape science policy and guide the funding of research and development (R&D); promoting innovation and commercialisation of technology in priority areas; building collaborative global relationships; and fostering a culture of science, innovation and entrepreneurship. NIHERST’s approach to achieving these goals is based on the institute’s mandate and its capabilities within the matrix of related institutions. The organisation seeks to leverage its distinctive competencies to become a pivotal, internationally recognised agency that facilitates the utilisation of research, science and technology in the service of economic transformation driven by innovation and competitiveness. It will play both a leadership role and a supporting role in advancing the aims of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, and in conceptualising and driving new pathways and initiatives for public-private partnerships.

Contact Information

National Science Centre

Corner Churchill Roosevelt Highway and Old Piarco Road, D’Abadie, Trinidad
Phone : (868) 642-6112, (868) 642-9371
Fax : (868) 642-1353
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Head Office

Ministry of Education
Level 13 Education Towers,
No. 5 St. Vincent Street, POS
Phone : (868) 625-6437, (868) 624-4611
Fax : (868) 627-8272
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