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COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) was established as a project of COMSATS in 1998. CIIT received the Charter of a Degree Awarding Institution (DAI) from the Government of Pakistan in the year 2000. The Institute that started its operations in a small building in Islamabad with less than 300 students has since grown to become a major public-sector university in Pakistan and a Centre of Excellence of COMSATS. CIIT’s fully functional campuses in Islamabad, Lahore, Abbottabad, Wah, Attock, Sahiwal and Vehari, are actively engaged in teaching, research and public service along with its Virtual Campus.
Currently, CIIT comprises of 6 faculties and 18 departments. The Institute offers 97 degree programmes in Computer Science, Management Sciences, Development Studies, Humanities, Engineering (Electrical, Chemical, Mechanical, Civil), Mathematics, Statistics, Biosciences, Meteorology, Physics, Pharmacy, Earth Sciences, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, as well as Architecture. Moreover, various centers and units work under different departments: Health Informatics Unit; Business Incubation Center; Center for Policy Studies; China Study Center; Center for Advanced Studies in Telecommunication; Center for Professional Development; Interdisciplinary Research Center in Biomedical Materials; Center for Climate Research and Development; and Center of Advance Drug Research. Other Research Units functioning at different campuses of CIIT include Engineering Resource Center, Life Sciences Services Center, COMSATS Community Development Unit, Information Technology Center, CISCO Regional Academy, and Center for Micro and Nano Sciences. More than 40,000 students are currently enrolled in various programmes offered by the Institute. The Institute has, so far, produced 34,144 graduates including 119 Ph.Ds, and has 3,121 qualified faculty members, out of which 1,009 hold Ph.D qualification. Moreover, more than 590 faculty and staff members of CIIT are undergoing advanced education (MS and PhD) at leading universities around the world.
The Institute published 4,429 research articles (from 2005 to 2015), brought-out 49 books, filed 15 patents, and organized more than 500 research-based workshops/conferences. CIIT was awarded the international certificate of quality, ISO 9001:2008 in the year 2011. Furthermore, its Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) has been placed in the top category of ‘W’ by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.
According to the University Rankings announced in May 2015 by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan for the year 2014, CIIT has been ranked No.2 in the General Category, and overall No. 4 among universities in Pakistan. The rankings place CIIT in top two position based on research productivity for the same year. In QS Organization international rankings, CIIT was awarded three stars (out of a total of five) and earned a perfect score of five out of five in the categories of teaching, facilities; and engagement in 2013. In 2014 and 2015, CIIT was ranked among top 250 universities of Asia by QS Asian University Rankings. Also In 2015, CIIT was at number 301 in 301-400 QS World University Rankings in ‘Mathematics 2015/16’.
CIIT has signed over 260 Memoranda of Understanding with some of the leading universities of the world, such as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA; North Dakota State University, USA; University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Jacobs University Bremen, Germany; Tampere University, Finland; and Lancaster University, UK.
In order to directly benefit OIC and COMSATS’ Member States, CIIT offers 100 scholarships for students from COMSATS Member States, 50 for the students from OIC member countries, 50 scholarships for ISESCO, 50 for Azerbaijan, and 80 (10 each) scholarships for the students from the Consortium of Afghan universities, Mauritius/Seychelles/Madagascar, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Kenya..