History of the School
In 1998, Dr. ST Martin Ma and his team founded the Info-Tech & Telecom Engineering Institute (ITTECOM) of which it had been providing Informational Technology certification training for federal, state and local governmental agencies staffs and private corporation employees via GSA IT Schedule-70 solicitations & Contracts and 8(a) programs from 1999 to 2008. The Institute had trained approximately 1000+ professional certification training to more than 20 governmental agencies in CCISP, CCIE, ISSAP, CISM, PMP, CompTIA Security+, etc.
In 2009, Dr. Martin Ma and other long-term educators first formed an initiative committee for the purpose of establishing a new, private university in Northern Virginia. The committee members engaged expert consultants to conduct a marketing analysis, feasibility study, and risk assessment profile for the creation of the new university, while at the same time engaging in a fundraising campaign to bring interested investors into the project. An initial board of directors for the university project was organized, and in April of 2012, a group of key directors attended the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia’s (“SCHEV”) mandatory orientation program. VUST was formally incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia in January of 2013. By March of 2015, the board of directors had secured a permanent campus home for VUST in McLean, Virginia, equipped with classrooms, offices, labs, a library, and other facilities. In May of 2016, The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia officially approved the Virginia University of Science & Technology (VUST) to operation in the Commonwealth of Virginia.