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  • Thursday, March 22, 2018

  • CIIT

  • International Office

The Ambassador of Romania H.E. Mr. Nicolae Goia along with his first secretary Mr. Laurentiu Ciocan were accorded a warm welcome upon their arrival at CIIT Islamabad campus on 16th March 2018. A brief meeting took place between the visiting diplomats and the Rector CIIT and Head (International Office) where, besides, the exchange of pleasantries, a brief introduction to CIIT was made and a desire explicitly expressed that CIIT is extremely keen to foster closer ties with Romanian academic institutions through the support of the Romanian embassy. 

Afterwards, the Romanian Ambassador delivered a talk on Pakistan-Romanian Relations. He said that Romania, with a history dating back to 2,500 years, is a country with traditions very similar to Pakistan and is a nation where east meets west. He said that that the name Romania is derived from Rome, since Romans occupied the present lands of Romania, and the Romanian language in related to the Latin language. Present day Romania was established in 1st December 1918, so this year Romanians will be celebrating their centennial celebrations.

Regarding Pakistan, the Romanian Ambassador said that he has been here since 16months and finds Pakistan to be a very normal country with brilliant, open and friendly people. He lamented that Pakistan suffers from a negative perception and said that Romania had itself experienced such a situation in the past. The Ambassador went further and offered his “partnership” to improve Pakistan’s image. He said every country has problems, but the problems have to be assessed, understood and solved.

Regarding Pak-Romanian relations, the Ambassador said that at the political level we enjoy very cordial relations with no contentious issues. A number of visits of senior officials takes place between Romania and Pakistan. Romania appreciates Pakistan’s fight against terrorism. Romania supported Pakistan in its bid for non-permanent membership of the UN security council and expects that Pakistan will also support it in its bid for non-permanent membership of UN security council.

Regarding Economic relations, the Ambassador said he was not very pleased at the present level of cooperation. Romania is the fastest growing economy in Europe with a per capita GDP of U$ 22,000 and Pakistan too is a fast-growing economy in the region; so he is confident that with his efforts the current bilateral trade of U$ 130 million would be raised to U$ 500 million very soon. The Ambassador said that Pakistan has to transform itself from a political nation to an economic nation; and Romania is willing to make investment and offer assistance like it has done in the past while establishing the oil refinery in Karachi, cement factory in Lasbela and Kohat and tractor factory in Karachi.

Regarding Romanian academic institution, the Ambassador said that the state universities are very good and around 200 Pakistani students are currently studying in Romania in disciplines like medicine, engineering and IT. He said that Bucharest is the capital of IT and has the top fourth position of internet speed in the world. He further said that Romania is facing shortage of skilled and unskilled manpower and is looking to fill many positions from outside Romania.

The student audience appreciated the talk of the Romanian Ambassador by asking engaging questions. In the end, Dr. Arshad S. Malik, Head (IO), thanked the Ambassador for his enlightening talk and said CIIT has good relations with Romania and wishes to further build upon them by cooperating through student mobilities and visiting professors under institutional framework agreements.

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  • Thursday, March 15, 2018

  • CIIT

  • International Office

To strengthen CIIT’s linkages with Germany and further engage with the German Embassy in Islamabad, the newly appointed German Ambassador, Mr. Martin Kobler, along with his Cultural Counsellor, Burghard Brinksmeier, visited CIIT on Monday 12th March 2018. The visit was split into two parts: meeting with the Rector, Deans, Principal Officers and the faculty members who trained in the German universities; and in the second phase, a heart-to-heart talk to the young students and faculty members on his personal experiences of traveling through Pakistan.

The meeting commenced with a power-point presentation about CIIT, its origins, rapid growth, rankings, research focus and its internationalization activities with special reference to Germany. The Rector then highlighted CIIT's multi-faceted and multi-dimensional cooperation with Germany which include mobilities under EMMA/Erasmus Programs, faculty/student visits, academic and research collaborations, joint projects, and joint programs.  He said that CIIT is collaborating with leading German universities like Heidelberg University, University of Bonn, University of Rostock, University of Saarland and others.

Learning about the level of cooperation with German institutions, the German Ambassador enquired about how CIIT compared its cooperation with German institutions via a vis the other countries.  He also enquired about how the relations could be further improved. The Dean Sciences and Dean Engineering replied that UK and US had remained popular destinations because of historical and language connections but Germany is now becoming a destination of choice for higher studies and research mainly because there is no tuition fee and more and more programs are now available in English language; and also because of the level of industry-academia linkages in Germany.  

The Rector then sought support from the German Embassy in the already existing mobilities and introduction to new German universities, and in helping set up a CIIT campus in collaboration with a German University. The Ambassador responded that before he can convince a German university to come he first needs to find attachment opportunities for German faculty in the Pakistani universities like CIIT. This meeting concluded with exchange of mementoes and a group photograph.

The second segment of the program was the candid talk of the German Ambassador to the student and faculty audience.  The German Ambassador said that since his arrival six months ago he has been reaching out to the Pakistani community and discovering Pakistan.  He said that Pakistanis are kind and hospitable people and they have all resources that one could ever desire.  All that is needed is proper image projection and better management. He said for this reason, the present focus of his embassy is on three areas, i.e. Youth and education, Modern Economy and Climate change and Energy. 

Youth & education is critically important for Pakistan as its major chunk of population is young. The number of youth will further increase as Pakistan’s population will double at its 100th anniversary.  In this scenario the youth have to be trained and developed to be able to contribute effectively to the welfare of Pakistani society.

Modern economy dictates that Pakistan starts producing goods of high value and start competing with other developed economies.  The Ambassador said that if Pakistanis could produce nuclear bomb, so there is absolutely no reason that it can't excel in civil technologies. Climate change and Energy is also important as the future can't be secured without addressing climate issues and energy requirements.  The Ambassador said that in Germany a major portion of energy is derived from renewables, Pakistan can do the same.  The German Ambassador emphasized the need to change the perception of Pakistan.  He said that though this is not his job, he is trying hard to do this through different means to convince the Germans that it is safe to visit and do business in Pakistan. 

He further said that the Pakistanis have to come forward and reset their mindset and realize that only they themselves can change the negative perception about their country. He added, yes he can help, but it is for the Pakistanis themselves to take charge. 

The student audience took keen interest in the talk through very active and animated Q & A with the Ambassador. The Q & A was moderated by the Head IO who kept on urging the students, especially the girls to ask questions. The talk and the visit ended with the presentation of a shield and a group photograph.

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  • Thursday, March 8, 2018

  • CIIT

  • International Office

On Tuesday the 06 March, 2018 a 14-member delegation from Maldives under SAARC umbrella visited CIIT-Islamabad under the aegis of Higher Education Commission. The visiting delegates comprised of senior academics from the higher education sector of Maldives as well as the government representatives.

Dr. Arshad Malik, Head (IO) along with other officials welcomed the delegation to the campus after which they undertook an elaborate visit of the EE labs and class rooms, conducted by Dr. Junaid Mughal, who briefed the delegates about the research projects being undertaken in the labs and discussed in detail about other academic aspects of his department.

The delegates also visited the department of Management Science. Dr. Aneel Salman briefed the delegation about the department’s activities. Further, they visited class rooms and interacted with the Management Sciences students.


Subsequently, the delegation was led to the Rector's Conference Room where Deans of Sciences, Business Administration and Engineering had gathered. The meeting was chaired by the Rector, Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar. A round of brief introductions of all the participants took place and a brief presentation about CIIT was delivered by Rumla Tahir. Subsequently discussion focused on the factors behind the remarkable growth and progress of CIIT. Different aspects of potential collaboration between the Maldivian HEIs and CIIT. The delegates appreciated the CIIT growth in short span of time and asked about the strategic plans of CIIT. After the meeting souvenirs were exchanged along with a group photo.

The delegates along with the hosts then moved to the Faculty Cafeteria for lunch. After lunch the delegation visited the JZ Library where the Pakistani Ambassador to Maldives, Vice Admiral Khawar Ali, also joined in. Since he knew the members of the delegation a lot of pleasantries were exchanged. In the end, a group photograph outside the Library was taken. The delegates expressed gratitude over warm reception and hospitality of CIIT. They were hopeful that the Maldivian side would try to make the best use of the offer of support from CIIT and the HEC for synergistic growth.

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  • Monday, February 19, 2018

  • CIIT

  • International Office

In order to reengage and renew the academic and cultural ties with the Japanese Embassy the International Office created an occasion to bring the Ambassador of Japan on campus by arranging to screen a famous Japanese movie in the Video Conference Hall of the JZ Library on 14th February 2018. The movie title was “After the Rain” (Ami Agaru).

H.E. Mr.Takashi KURAI along with his wife Madam KURAI and Deputy Head of Public Affairs Ms. Yukiko Ban and senior cultural head Mr. Mushtaq Moeeni were warmly received by the Head IO and his team together with some faculty members sharply at 2.00 PM. The visitors were taken to the Rector’s office where Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar welcomed the Ambassador and his wife and exchanged pleasantries. The Rector then briefed the visitors about CIIT’s brief history and its phenomenal growth where today THE has ranked it among the top 125 best universities in Asia. He shed light on the footprint of the CIIT in Pakistan and its various programs and a number of other achievements. Afterwards the Rector presented a shield and souvenirs to the Ambassador and the accompanying guests as a token and a memento to remember his visit to CIIT.

The Head IO then accompanied the Ambassador and the rest of the visitors to the library for the movie screening. In his welcome speech the Head IO thanked H.E for sparing his precious time for the event. He also informed him about some salient accomplishments of the CIIT in its less than two-decade long history. He expressed the hope and strong desire that the occasion would prove to be a boost to further strengthening of the ties of CIIT with the Japanese Embassy with the long term goal of benefiting from the world class education and research taking place in the Japanese higher education institutions.

The Ambassador reciprocated and thanked CIIT for inviting him. He also gave a brief sketch of the movie and thanked the audience who came to watch the movie. Afterwards the movie was screened. At the conclusion a group photo was taken inside the hall and later on the outside of the Library. Refreshments were also served to the attending guests and students.

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  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018

  • CIIT

  • International Office

On 8th February, 2018 the International Office (IO) and the Iranian Cultural Council organized an Artistic Performance of Deaf Art Group “Speaking Hands” on the occasion of 39th Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran.  The event had participation of Iranian deaf performers, who had especially flown to Pakistan for the purpose, and 50 Pakistani special children, along with their teachers, who had come on the behest of the Director General, Special Education and Mr. Zulfiqar, Deputy Director, Special Education.

Guests were warmly welcomed by the International Office; and special care was taken to address the needs of the special children.  Recitation of the Holy Quran was the first highlight of the event.  In his welcome address, Dr. Qadeer, Associate Head (EE) underscored the significance of the event and added that CIIT always welcomes holding of such events both as part of its outreach to the different segments of the community and especially for children with special needs.

A total of four performances were delivered by the Iranian Deaf Group on Iranian National Anthem and on different musical themes, followed by two performances by Pakistani deaf school children on Pakistani National Anthem.

The audience was thrilled at the performances and appreciated that despite being challenged the deaf individuals of both countries found a happy medium to communicate and express themselves.

Mr. Shahaboddin Baraei, Iranian Cultural Counsellor, profusely thanked and appreciated the efforts made by IO to organize the event and also specially thanked Mr. Zulfiqar, Deputy Director, Special Education, for bringing fifty school children, along with their teachers, to make this event more memorable. He also committed that whenever CIIT wants to send its cultural troupe to Iran, he will extend his full support.

In the end, certificates were distributed / presented to all the participants.  A group photograph was taken to keep the memories alive. Later all the guests and the children were feted with a nice lunch.

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