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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 seven fully functional campuses in Islamabad, Lahore, Abbottabad, Wah, Attock, Sahiwal and Vehari, are actively engaged in teaching, research and public service.
CIIT, currently, comprises 5 faculties and 18 departments. The Institute offers 86 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 25,500 students are currently enrolled in various programmes offered by the University. The Institute has, so far, produced 24,852 graduates including 75 PhDs and has 2,295 qualified faculty members, out of which 615 hold Ph.D. qualification. Moreover, 466 faculty and staff members of CIIT are undergoing advanced education (MS and Ph.D.) at leading universities around the world.
The Institute published 2,621 research articles (from 2005 to 2012), brought-out 49 books, acquired 6 patents, and organized more than 300 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 HEC’s rankings announced in 2013, CIIT is placed at number 4 in ‘General Universities (Large)’ category amongst 132 universities of Pakistan, whereas it has been ranked at top most position in the field of Computer Science & IT in 2012. CIIT has signed over 140 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.
CIIT also offers 100 graduate scholarships to students/researchers from COMSATS’ Member Countries every year.