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  • Thursday, April 12, 2018

  • CIIT

  • International Office

Amidst celebrations, the International Office (IO) organized the “France Focus Day” on April 10, 2018 in the Business Incubation Center to enlighten students, faculty and staff about educational and research opportunities in France. Mr. Sebastien Cartier, Higher Education Attache, Cultural and Cooperation Department, Embassy of France was main resource person. Mr. Taha Jamil, a French Embassy official also accompanied Mr. Cartier.

Mr. Sebastien Cartier spoke about French history, economy, politics, culture and education system and also illustrated the facts with short videos.  Subsequently, he delivered a detailed and comprehensive presentation on “Study in France” which was followed by a Q & A session. It was informed that it is very well possible to do higher studies in France in the English language and the fees are generally quite nominal. Students are allowed to work part time to finance their living expenses.

Later on, Dr. Tanvir Akbar Kiyani, Asst Professor (Mathematics), French Alumnus shared anecdotes regarding his  experience of living and studying in France. CIIT students also sung a French song, recited a French poem and made a presentation of Pakistan in French. The skits received much praise and appreciation and as a token of encouragement, Mr. Cartier distributed diaries among the students.

Keychains with Eiffel Tower edifice were also distributed among all attending audience which were well received with much delight.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Samira Shah, Senior International Liaison Officer, IO profusely thanked Mr. Cartier for his frequent visits to CIIT and also expressed her gratitude to the French Embassy for their special assistance which it regularly extends to CIIT.

A group photograph, after the presentation of souvenir marked the end of the event after which the Mr. Cartier and Mr. Jamil were requested to partake in lunch. Witnessing a well-attended event, the French Embassy officials departed from CIIT on a happy note.



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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018

  • CIIT

  • International Office

The Erasmus 30 Years of Success Stories program organized by the International Office was held successfully with much glamour and glitz on 15th February 2018 at CIIT Islamabad.  H.E Jean Francois Cautain, Ambassador of the EU delegation, along with his spouse Madame Sonina Cautain graced the occasion as the chief guest.  First Secretary, Education and Culture, Dr. Nicole Malpas also attended the event.

In his opening remarks Rector Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar highlighted that the human genetics prove that all humanity originated from a single mother, which makes us all as brothers and sisters. He praised the EU and its Erasmus program as an excellent initiative to promote education as well as engender understanding and a spirit of peaceful co-existence among the people of different cultures from around the world.  

A number of students and faculty who had previously availed an opportunity under this program were invited to reminisce about their experiences under EMMA/Erasmus programs.  Some described it as an Erasmus journey where new friendships were made which have lasted way beyond the program itself; some called it as the most amazing experience that could have ever happened to them; some remarked that it gave them the opportunity to come out of their comfort zone and realize that language and culture are never barriers to befriending others; some used the occasion to uncover their hidden skills and faculties; some made use of the opportunity to clear misconceptions and misunderstandings about Pakistan and about Islam.

Ms. Kisa Fatima Haider, a recent alumnus of the Erasmus program and a member of the informal network that promotes the program in Pakistan, spoke of the importance of being passionate, hardworking and having a dream.  She said that having good intentions and having a positive motive in life is very important.  She said that the Erasmus program has a number of opportunities and to grasp them perseverance, motivation and hard work are required. 

The highlight of the event was some fusion music which was played by CIIT’s students which received much applause and instilled the celebratory spirit to the function.

At the conclusion of the event, the Ambassador of the EU thanked CIIT for celebrating this event.  He said we need to remind ourselves that we all are one.  He said that through this and other such programs EU wishes to build a positive image about Europe and present itself as peace builders and promoters of the concept of global citizenship.  He said that he is aware that CIIT was one of the top universities of Pakistan and making the most use of the Erasmus + program.  However, he urged everyone to spread the word around about the opportunities available under Erasmus+.

Dr. Arshad Malik, Head (IO), in his closing remarks highlighted the benefits the Erasmus program has given to CIIT which is attempting to use it aggressively to send CIIT's academics as well as students to Europe to acquire high quality education as well as imbibe most invaluable international experience.  He said that so much education is gained from outside the classroom, from the community around and from interacting with the people of the host country which helps opening the minds of youthful students. He also thanked everyone who spared time to come to the event and make it so much more colorful.

The event came to conclusion by presentation of souvenirs, cake cutting ceremony, light refreshments and a memorable group photo.

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  • Monday, November 20, 2017

  • CIIT

  • International Office

Amidst great fanfare, the International Office (IO) organized the “France Focus Day” on November 15, 2017 in Conference Hall, BIC, 1st Floor to enlighten students, faculty and staff about educational and research opportunities in France. Mr. Sebastien Cartier, Higher Education Attache, Cultural and Cooperation Department, Embassy of France was main resource person. The event was very well attended.

Mr. Sebastien Cartier spoke about French history, economy, politics, culture and education system and also illustrated his words with short videos.  Subsequently, he delivered a detailed and comprehensive presentation on “Study in France” which was followed by a Q & A session. It was informed that it is possible to do higher studies in France in the English language and the fees are generally quite nominal. Students are allowed to work part time to finance their living expenses.

Later on, Dr. Tanvir Akbar Kiyani, Asst Professor (Mathematics), French Alumnus and PFAN CEO, shared his experience of living and studying in France. A fun cultural performance was also displayed by the students of CIIT, strutting in different traditional Pakistani dresses. The main attraction was a pair of students resplendent in Western attire.

In his closing remarks, Dr. Arshad Malik, Head, IO expressed his gratitude to the French Embassy for their special assistance which it has always readily extended to CIIT. While speaking about his personal experience of visiting France back in the earlies 80's, he shared that France is not only a wonderful tourism destination but has always been technologically advanced society, with its bullet train, the TGV, and the unique metro system running on rubber tires. He also informed that the added invaluable advantage of studying in France is that you get the Schengen visa that gives you the freedom to travel to most European countries numbering almost 28. He stated that the tuition fee for a two-year master's degree in France costs less than a single semester fee for an undergraduate degree at CIIT. He further added that CIIT is in the process of signing a protocol with two French universities to provide a chance for the students to pursue their studies in France. In the end, he appreciated the students for their amazing cultural show and wished to continue to have such events in future.

The Pakistan-France cake cutting ceremony marked the end of the event after which the Embassy’s officials were requested to partake in refreshments. The French diplomat departed from CIIT on a happy note.

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  • Friday, February 24, 2017

  • CIIT

  • International Office

Amidst great fanfare, the International Office (IO) organized a talk titled “"Bosnia and Herzegovina, Past-Present-Future” by H.E Dr. Nedim Makarevic, the Ambassador of Bosnia in Pakistan, on February 22, 2017 in the Business Incubation Center, Islamabad campus. H.E. Dr. Makarevic arrived at CIIT at 09.45 am and was warmly greeted by Dr. Arshad S. Malik, Head and other officials of International Office. The Ambassador was escorted to the Business Incubation Center for his presentation. By a conservative estimate, around seventy plus individuals attended the talk. Proceedings started with playing of the Bosnian and Pakistani Anthems. H.E. Dr. Nedim Makarevic while delivering his talk vividly described the history, architecture, art, sports, cuisines religions and cultures of Bosnia with an international perspective. After an animated and thought-provoking talk, Dr. Nedim Makarevic showed a documentary on Army Public School (APS) to pay tribute to the victims of the Peshawar Attack as an extension of his efforts to keep the issue alive in a heartfelt manner. Disgruntled by the reaction of world leaders, the Ambassador lamented that it was unfortunate that the world community did not pay adequate respect to the Peshawar massacre victims as they did to those killed in Paris. He also added that we can never consider the life of one individual more valuable than the others. Belonging to a country that has been battered by war and being someone who has directly been affected by war, he reminisced that when the Peshawar incident happened, he felt it was his duty to meet the children and their families. After the documentary on APS, a cultural performance highlighting all provinces of Pakistan was also given by the talented students of CIIT which was very much appreciated by the Ambassador and everyone else present. In his closing remarks, Dr. Arshad Malik thanked Ambassador Dr. Nedim Makarevic as well as Career Pakistan for their whole hearted participation in the Bosnian Focus Day. Dr. Malik especially appreciated the video presented by the Ambassador as a memorable tribute to APS victims and said that it will be uploaded on the website of CIIT. He also said that there is a lot of potential that exists between CIIT and the educational opportunities that are available in Bosnia. On a lighter note, Dr. Malik said that the Bosnian Ambassador looks more like a Pakistani Ambassador for the rest of the world as he is working on our behalf trying to portray a balanced picture of Pakistanis to the outside world. The function ended with a group photograph and exchange of mementoes after which H.E. was invited to partake in hi-tea. Dr. Makarevic departed around 12.15 PM.

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  • Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Miscellaneous

  • Zafar

International Women’s Day is celebrated across the globe every year in March. This day traditionally supports the cause for empowering women and commemorates the many struggles and sacrifices women have undergone in the last century in the demand of their basic human rights.

This year, to commemorate International Women’s Day, the Humanities Department in collaboration with the International Office and Architecture Department, organized a Creative Writing and Poster Competition in CIIT Islamabad on March 25th, 2014.

The competition consisted of essay, short story and poetry writing both in English and Urdu as well as a poster competition on the theme of “Rights, Roles and Contributions of Women in Socio-economic Development”. The entries were then judged and the prize Distribution Ceremony was held on 25th March 2014 in Video Conferencing Room in the Library. Ms Francesca Chessa, Vice Council, US Embassy, graced the occasion as Chief Guest.

The award ceremony beautifully highlighted the thoughts of the students on the topic. The posters were displayed in the COMSATS Art Gallery which was toured by the guests before the ceremony. The ceremony itself was equally thought provoking as it included selected readings of the work produced as well as a powerful video created by Muhammad Wasiq a CS Student, which highlighted some of the phenomenal women who made history.

The Chief Guest Francesca, appreciated the sentiment of the students and the relevance of their work to the significance of International Women’s Day. Dr Arshad Malik, Head International Office, presented the vote of thanks at the end of the ceremony and was equally appreciative of the significant participation by male students!  

A big show of applause goes out to our talented winners:

English Essay:
1st ----- Furqan Ali
2nd ------- Tayyaba Ayub & Kaynat Nazneen
3rd --------- Shafaq Riaz & Qaiser Abbas

Urdu Essay:
1st ----- Zarmeena Asim
2nd ------- Ayesha Ejaz
3rd --------- Rasheil Fazal

English Short Story:
1st ----- Ammar Shaukat
2nd ------- Beenish Kanwal

Urdu Short Story:
1st ------------ Albaalah Waqar & Muhammad Hamza

English Poetry:
1st ----- Hasan Ali Kayani
2nd ------- Fayez Shehzad
3rd --------- Anum Qamar
4th ---------- Rabia Latif

Urdu Poetry:
1st ------- Maida Fareed
Poster Competition:
1st ----- Hassan Fareed
2nd ------- Nimrah Ahmed
3rd --------- Hareem Shafi

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