HIAST was established in 1983 to produce highly-qualified engineers and researchers in applied sciences and technology, so they can actively participate in the scientific and economic development process in Syria. HIAST has 104 Ph.Ds, 132 engineers, 90 technicians, 90 administrative staff and 100 service workers. HIAST offers courses leading to Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in the specialized fields of science and technology. It has 356 undergraduate, 75 postgraduate students, and 37 Ph.D students.
HIAST focuses on education and research in the following areas: Communication and Control Systems; Robotics; Mechatronics; Information Systems and Decision Support; Big Data Systems; Optical Science and Engineering; Aeronautics; and Materials Science and Engineering.
Among the laboratories of HIAST, is the environmental studies that is conducting research on measuring the concentration of air and water pollutants for the treatment of water and waste disposal; measuring pollutants in the work-place and industrial emissions; and estimating the environmental impact and the danger imposed by the industrial projects.
HIAST has expertise in computer processing; renewable energy; sensors and measurement devices; various substances, compounds and materials with special properties; software for managing administrative and financial matters, as well as for decision-support systems; setting up information networks; and improving educational laboratory equipment in various fields.
HIAST is looking for collaboration with public and private-sector organizations for the execution of joint projects at regional and international levels, to enable technology transfer and experience sharing.