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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017

  • CIIT

  • International Office

The International Office organized a talk by the Country Representative of the World Bank in Pakistan, Mr. Patchamuthu Illangovan on May 11, 2017 in collaboration with Career Pakistan, Islamabad.

Before the talk Mr, Patchamuthu had a meeting with Mr. Tahir Naeem, Director P&D, in the Rector's office, where, he was briefed about CIIT. The Country Representative of World Bank stated that he was happy to visit CIIT to talk about development of Pakistan and challenges that Pakistan was facing.

After the brief meeting, Mr. Patchamuthu. was escorted to the Videoconference room for his presentation. In his opening remarks, Mr. Tahir Naeem said that CIIT is honored to have the Country Representative of World Bank in Pakistan on its premises and the World Bank is supporting Pakistan in the social, infrastructure and other sectors.  During his presentation, Mr. Patchamuthu described Pakistan 's development journey through the decades. He raised the question what would Pakistan look like in 2047? He said that two very different Pakistans were possible by 2047 in terms of welfare one that looks similar to Pakistan today and another one that looks more like Malaysia or China. He emphasized on the generation of indigenous funds through improved tax revenues and increased participation of women in the work force.During the Q&A session questions regarding role of World Bank in Pakistan's economy, CPEC etc were raised which were aptly addressed by Mr. Patchamuthu.

The function ended with closing remarks by Dr.Tariq-ur-Rahman and presentation of a souvenir to the guest, followed by a group photo.

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  • Friday, May 12, 2017

  • CIIT

  • International Office

A six member delegation from Hainan Tropical Ocean University, China including Mr. Song Wu- Associate Professor, Mr. Zhang Luping- Admin Officer Office of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Mr. Liu Xianping- Professor, Ms. Liu Xuan- Professor, Mr. Xu Guoai- Associate Professor and Mr. Ma Yiming- Lecturer visited CIIT on 9th May, 2017.

The campus tour commenced with a round of the International Office meeting the Advisor Dr. Abdul Aziz Khan who had greeted the guests on arrival. The delegation was briefed on the importance of the office and the ongoing smooth functioning of the department whose main emphasis is to create international linkages. Following the visit to International Office the delegation proceeded to Junaid Zaidi Library, where they were made familiar to facilities available for students, staff and faculty. The guests appreciated the existence of China Study Corner at the library that consists of reading material gifted by Chinese Embassy- Pakistan.

Later a meeting with officials of International Office and Computer Science department was held, where the guests were briefed through presentation by Ms. Zainab Ali about the progress of CIIT over the years since its charter as a degree awarding higher education public institute in 2000. The presentation was followed by a very interactive documentary of HTOU to familiarize the meeting participants about the university and the city of Sanya, China where the institute exists.

HTOU very kindly extended an invitation to the faculty of CIIT to participate in the upcoming ONE BELT ONE ROAD summit to be held in China this year, while an agreement on mutual consent to the idea of the exchange of students, staff and faculty exchange between CIIT and HTOU.

Lastly, concluding the meeting CIIT associates thanked the honorable guests for visiting the university with the exchange of souvenirs and a group photo.

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  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017

  • CIIT

  • International Office

A two-member delegation from Macquarie University, Australia comprising of Mr. Abizer Merchant (Director, South Asia and Middle East) and Mr. Tanveer Shaheed (Regional Director, South Asia and Middle East) visited CIIT for an official meeting with Management Sciences Department, headed by Dr. Muhammad Tahir (Head of Department) along with Dr. Noureen Adnan (Associate Head of Department), Dr. Muhammad Zahid Iqbal (Associate Professor), Dr. Malik Ikramullah (Incharge Graduate Program), Dr. Rao Aamir Khan (Incharge Undergraduate Program) and Ms. Zainab Ali who represented the CIIT International Office.

CIIT enjoys a very cordial relationship with Macquarie University and also with regards to Dr. Arshad S. Malik (Head International Office) and Dr. Muhammad Zahid Iqbal (Associate Professor) recent visit to the university in April. Moreover, CIIT has been hosting quite a few delegations from Macquarie over the years which led to a very sort out discussion with the agenda to explore possibilities for CIIT students and faculty to visit Macquarie University for study tour in summers, semester exchange and to avail PhD opportunities being offered. The meeting was followed by a seminar with potential CIIT scholars who were brief by Macquarie University officials on the said agenda to create awareness among them.

The university promises to offer special bursaries for CIIT students to avail the wonderful opportunities being offered to study and experience Australia the Macquarie way. Lastly, the visit ended with a campus tour followed by lunch which were both especially arranged for the delegation.

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  • Friday, April 28, 2017

  • CIIT

  • International Office

British Council organized a UK – Pakistan Partners’ Event from 24th-26th April 2017. In this regard a mega delegation of 20 guests from various UK Higher Education Institutions and British Council Pakistan visited CIIT Islamabad campus on Wednesday 26th April as part of the official event program.

The visiting delegation was received by Rector CIIT, Professor. Dr. Raheel Qamar (T.I). After a brief interaction with the Rector, the delegation was taken to Junaid Zaidi Library where an interactive panel discussion on the theme of “Student Experience: Are Students Products or Customers?” was arranged by the International Office. The panel discussion was attended by a mix of UK alumni, CIIT students and faculty. Before kicking-off the discussions Ms. Rumla Tahir, Program Officer IO, gave the welcome remarks and a brief overview of CIIT and its engagements with UK HEI’s.

Head International Office, Dr. Arshad S. Malik chaired the session of really lively and jovial panelists who each had a unique perspective into the topic. Panel discussants included Dr. Fiaz Hussain, Associate Dean (International) Cardiff Metropolitan University, Dr. Aneel Salman, Assistant Professor Management Sciences Department CIIT and Wajid Ali, International Partnerships Manager, University of Reading.

Dr. Malik opened the discussions with a brief overview of the subject. Dr. Hussain gave the discussion a rather personal touch by recounting his own experiences as a young student and those of his own students to emphasize the importance of the student journey and the teacher-student relationship. Dr. Salman, a business and economics expert, spoke from the perspective of business enterprises and marketing, ruling the idea of treating students as either products or customers to be anomalous. As an International Students recruitment specialist, Mr. Ali agreed with the idea of treating students as customers and working to satisfy their needs and wants. After hearing the varying perspectives of the panelists a charged question and answer session ensued where CIIT students and faculty spoke candidly about their own personal take on the topic. The UK delegates in the audience particularly enjoyed the interactive debate and were really interested in hearing the viewpoints of the students.

Upon conclusion, Head IO, awarded shields to the panelists and small souvenirs to the other UK visitors in the audience. The delegation was later taken for tea at the faculty cafeteria where they had a chance to speak with some UK alumni members and active researchers of CIIT before departing at 17:40 HRS.

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  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017

  • CIIT

  • International Office

CIIT hosted a delegation visit from China University of Petroleum Beijing (CUPB) comprising of Mr. Sun Xudong, Vice Principal of CUPB- Karamay Campus, Mr. XieOingbin, Dean, Faculty of Petroleum and Ms. Liu Pan, International Admission Officer. The delegation visited the campus for a tour under the guidance of Ms. Zainab Ali and Mr. Tanveer officials from International Office.

The tour began from CIIT JunaidZaidi Library where they were briefed on the available state of the art facilities, China Study Corner and the IT facilities to track the daily students visit to the library and issuance of books including online available journals. Followed by the library visit the delegation visited various departments including the Electrical Engineering department where they were very briefly guided by Dr. Junaid Ahmed, Computer Sciences department by Dr. Mansoor Ahmed and Bio Sciences department by Dr. SaleemBokhari. Laboratory visits were also organized for the delegation that helpedthem understand the technical aspect of education being taught at the university.

CUPB officials were than greeted by Dr. Arshad S. Malik- Head International Office for a meeting who shed light on the success of CIIT where we have recently made it to world’s best universities that are aged 50 years or under titled “Young University Rankings 2017” with world ranking of 151- 200 within a short span of just 17 years since its charter. He then laid stress on the quality of education being taught at CIIT with faculty who have graduated from world renowned institutions including international faculty who teach numerous courses at the institution that has produced 41,000 graduates including PhD’s till date with an inducted student body of around 38,000 currently studying at seven campuses dotted across Pakistan.

Furthermore, the highlight of the visit included the signing of Intent of Cooperation between CUPB and CIIT that includes significant collaborative ventures between the two universities including:

  1. Exchange of students and faculty.
  2. Joint research activities and publications.
  3. Participation in conferences and academic meetings.

Last but not the least a city tour of Islamabad- capital city of Pakistan was also arranged for CUPB delegation where they visited Pak-China Friendship Centre, Faisal Mosque, LokVirsa and Daam-ne-koh to experience theethnicity of Pakistan.



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