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  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017

  • CIIT

  • P&D HRD

The COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) in association United States Education Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) organized an Information Session on U.S Higher Education Opportunities on September 19, 2017 at the Junaid Ziaidi Library, Islamabad Campus.

The objective of the session was to inform and orient the young faculty/students regarding how to select, finance and apply for MS and PhD degree programs in the United States. Five U.S university representatives namely Mr. Cory Adam (New York University- Tandon School of Engineering), Mr. John Evans (Point Park University), Dr. Susantha Herath (ST. Cloud State University), Mr. Tyson Manering (Murray State University) and  Ms. Mary Louise Parsons (University of Missouri- Kansas City) gave presentations on their respective universities. They talked about admissions requirements, scholarship opportunities and  financial aid opportunities.

A good number of participants including undergraduate, graduates and faculty members attended the session. The session started with the recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by an introduction on USEFP by Ms. Shiza Toor. The delegates gave brief introduction on their respective universities and in the end, participants were given the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the delegates.

The visiting delegates expressed confidence in seeing the students applying for admissions in the U.S universities. The participants also acknowledged the usefulness of the information provided at the session.

The said visit was coordinated by the office of Planning, Development and Human Resource Development (P&D and HRD), CIIT Islamabad.

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  • Monday, July 10, 2017

  • CIIT

  • P&D and HR

A pre-departure meeting with the participants of the Management Training at University of Bedfordshire, UK was held on July 8, 2017 at 11.45 at BIC building, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad.

Briefly, under the auspices of the HRD Program, the CIIT has embarked upon an initiative for placement of faculty and staff for “Management Training at the University of Bedfordshire, UK, July 15 -23, 2017’. Under the initiative, 45 candidates from faculty and staff corps have been selected for the award of Management training in a competitive and meritorious selection process instituted by the CIIT. These candidates have been selected from among the senior most employees at their respective departments from all the CIIT Campuses. The initiative aims at investing on the future of the Institution through the personal and professional development of the Trainees. The purpose is to prepare a corps of future sectional heads though providing opportunity for their professional grooming.

The meeting started with the recitation from the Glorious Quran. The Rector, CIIT, Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar welcomed the participants. He emphasized on the importance of long term planning and shared his vision for the CIIT. He told the participants that innovation and research are the niche areas the CIIT should explore. He informed that the training program demonstrates that the Institution values those who have contributed well over the extended period of time and are capable of showing promise towards accelerating the future growth of the Institution.

This was followed by the talk of the honorable Dr. S.M. Junaid Zaidi, Executive Director, COMSATS. He shared his experiences with the participants. He shared that a good management and academic team had been the key factor for the success of CIIT. He advised the participants that during their stay in UK they should understand the philosophy behind their educational system and then try to adapt it according to our local values and principles.

The session was concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Tahir Naeem, Director Planning, Development and Human Resource Development, CIIT. He informed the participants that the training program is expected to broaden the exposure of CIIT faculty and staff by giving them an opportunity to get trained at one of the reputed universities in UK. He encouraged the participants to learn from ambiance of the UK higher education in context of observing their academic structure, physical structure, processes and policies, and then try to emulate the best practices learned when back home. He informed that the training is expected to build institutional capacity by creating an ensemble of qualified people capable of contributing to achieve mission of the CIIT.

Dr. Ashraf Jawaid, Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Relations) at the University of Bedfordshire joined the gathering during lunch. He addressed the participants and welcomed them to the University of Bedfordshire. Prof. Jawaid informed the participants that all the training sessions would be interactive. He encouraged them to ask questions and share their views and experiences with the trainers as both can learn a lot from each other.

The meeting was coordinated and organized by the Office of Planning, Development and Human Resource Development (P & D and HRD), CIIT Islamabad.

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  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017

  • CIIT

  • P&D, HRD

The COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) in collaboration with United State Education Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) arranged a one day training of the CIIT faculty members on Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The training was held on April 8, 2017 at the USEFP Islamabad office. Faculty members of CIIT from Mathematics and English departments were trained in strategies, tips and techniques used in teaching GRE.

The objective for the training was to develop in-house capacity for GRE trainers, who would guide/prepare the faculty, staff and students for the GRE exams. Faculty members from Abbottabad, Wah and Islamabad campuses attended the training.

The session started at 9:00 am at the USEFP, Islamabad premises. USEFP trainers covered the English and Mathematics sections. Both the sessions were interactive and the participants were highly motivated. The training session conclude at 5:00 pm. The participants acknowledged the usefulness of the training and plan to replicate similar trainings at the CIIT.

The said session was coordinated by the office of Planning, Development and Human Resource Development (P& D and HRD), CIIT Islamabad.

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  • Monday, February 27, 2017

  • CIIT

  • International Office

On February 23, 2017 a delegation of 25 senior diplomats headed by the Director (Program) Mr. Sajjad Haider Khan, currently under training at the 25th Advanced Diplomatic Course of Foreign Service Academy Pakistan visited COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT). These diplomats represented Europe, Latin America, Asia and the African region.

The diplomats were welcomed by the International Office and Centre of Policy Studies personnel.They visited the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science laboratories and evinced keen interest in the scholarly work being conducted in these departments.Following this the guests were taken to CIIT’s main library where they were informed about the group study rooms, online available e-books, mobile app for library access, research cubicles and video conferencing room facilities available at the library for university students, staff and faculty.

The diplomats then assembled in the Video Conference Room where after a formal welcome by the Head of CPS, Ms. Fauzia Nasreen,   a CIIT presentation was givenby Dr. Arshad Malik, Head and Ms. Rumla Tahir, Program Officer of the International Office. Followed by this Dr. Imran Syed from CPS provided an overview of the center and it’s on going collaborative work, who then invited Professor Dr. Mahnaz Haseeb, from the Physics Department to talk about women’s empowerment in the education sector generally and in higher education in particular of Pakistan. 

At the end Q & A session ensued which was moderated by Ms. Fauzia Naseer, Head of CPS. The event concluded with remarks from the Rector, Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi, H.I., S.I. The delegates were then feted at the Faculty Cafeteria for a festive lunch.

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