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Why Study at COMSATS

Studying at any university can be both rewarding and challenging. At CIIT we want you to enjoy your subjects, gain experience in different ways of thinking and working and leave with the knowledge and skills to take control of your future. CIIT is a university where students aspire to take admissions. Highly competitive and not an easy place to fulfill the merit requirements and if admitted have to work really hard to achieve good results. CIIT does more than teach you facts. Problem-based learning develops your rational and analytical skills with classes that challenge your assumptions, refine your ideas and teach you to express those ideas powerfully. A leading university requires leading technology. At CIIT, you will learn in an environment supported by the latest tools of the trade.

Degree Awarding Institute (DAI)

The COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) was granted status of Degree Awarding Institute (DAI) by the Federal Government of Pakistan vide Presidential Ordinance No. XXXVIII issued on August 12, 2000. The President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan is the Patron and the Federal Minister for Science & Technology is the Chancellor of the Institute. The CIIT functions under the guidance of the Board of Governors (BOG) headed by the Executive Director, COMSATS. The Board of Governors has representation from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Higher Education Commission (HEC), educational NGOs and distinguished Academia. The principal academic and administrative officer of the Institute is the Rector, who performs his functions in accordance with the general policy guidelines of the CIIT, laid down in the Charter and governed by the Board of Governors. The CIIT is now slated for upgradation as a university by the name of 'COMSATS University' through an act of the parliament.

Excellence and the HEC Ranking

Since its inception, independent entities have evaluated CIIT and the quality of its programs, such as the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), National Computing Education Accreditation Council (NCEAC), Pakistan Pharmacy Council (PPC), and the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) Web of Knowledge. It is a matter of pride for the CIIT that it has been able to record remarkable achievements in terms of ranking of its Engineering degree programs as well as research productivity of the faculty members. CIIT attained position in Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asian University Rankings 2014 for the first time. QS is an international ranking body that critically evaluates and publicizes World and Asian University Rankings, which is based on the quality criteria of the institutions including Asian Academic Peer Review, 30%, Asian Employer Review, 10%, Papers per Faculty, 15%, Citations per Paper, 15%, Faculty Student Ratio, 20%, International Students, 2.5%, International Faculty, 2.5%, Inbound Exchange Students, 2.5% and Outbound Exchange Students 2.5%. CIIT attained position in 201-250 range of top Asian Universities based on above parameters. It was a moment of celebration for CIIT when HEC ranked it at number 4 in Pakistan in General Universities (Large) category in 2013. This success is a manifestation of its undeterred commitment and has led to an unprecedented number of applicants for securing admission in CIIT every year. Moreover, an international ranking agency, QS Organization, which carries out world universities ranking, carried out an independent analysis of various aspect of activities of CIIT and awarded three stars (out of a total of five) and out of a total, about 8-9 categories earned a perfect score of five out of five in as many as three categories of teaching, facilities; and engagement. The award was announced during a QS conference held in Seoul, South Korea in 2013. In 2012, CIIT was ranked as number one (1) university of Pakistan in Computer Science and IT among all 132 universities of Pakistan. This ranking was announced by HEC based on QS ranking format and for enhancing Quality and Research based Rankings of Pakistani Higher Education Institutes. Besides, CIIT has also been placed at number three position based on the Research Publications in accredited databases of Thomson–Reuters Web of Science for 2012 as notified by HEC.

QS 03 STAR RANKING:

In September 2013 CIIT applied for star rating and is proud to announce the results by the QS Intelligence Unit:

Five Stars in Teaching

CIIT students can expect an excellent faculty – student ratio as well as high student satisfaction and opportunities for further study.

Five Stars in Learning Facilities

CIIT students can expect access to excellent sports, medical and library facilities as well as IT Infrastructure.

Five Stars in Engagement

CIIT students have a unique opportunity to be involved in academic activities that directly benefit community investment and development. They will also be part of the CIIT vision towards a more sustainable environment.

Three Stars in Internationalization

CIIT students have the opportunity to engage with high level, collaborative academic research with partner institutions across the globe.

Overall, CIIT was rated as a THREE STAR ( ***) Institution.


Faculty Development

More than 345 faculty members are undergoing advanced education/training leading to MS and PhD degrees and post doctoral research in USA, UK, China, France, Sweden, Australia, Austria, Germany, Canada, Malaysia, Finland, Korea, Netherland etc. The funding for advanced education has come from CIIT scholarships and a few from self sponsorships. CIIT takes special interest in the faculty development. Seminars and workshops are held very offen for this purpose.


Excellent Resources

Our consistently high reputation in scientific subjects has ensured that we have an excellent infrastructure of laboratories and equipment and recent years have seen substantial investment. Similarly we invest heavily in our library with above average spending on books, journals, periodicals and videos. CIIT has right to use Digital library which makes it much easier for the students and the faculty to have direct access to all the search engines where one can find lots of information just a click away. CIIT is fully aware of the importance of libraries which serves as the fountain of knowledge.