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  • Monday, December 18, 2017

  • CIIT

  • International Office

Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, African – Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) paid his third visit to CIIT on December 11, 2017. He also visited the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in December 2014 and December 2016. Mr. Israr Muhammad Khan, Director National Centre for Rural Development (NCRD) Pakistan was accompanying the Secretary General.

A meeting was held between Secretary General AARDO and the Rector, joined by Dr. Sajjad A. Madani (Director Virtual Campus), Mr. Tahir Naeem (Director P,D & HRD), Mr. Kashif Masood (Deputy Registrar) and Ms. Sara Saleem Malik (program Officer). Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar (T.I) Rector, briefed Secretary General regarding different achievements of CIIT in the fields of academics and research and with reference to its enviable international rankings among the world and regional universities. Rector offered expertise of CIIT in fields of e-Learning, Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences & Water Sanitation, Physics and Computer Science. He also offered to host workshop at CIIT for AARDO’s nominated group.  Secretary General acknowledged the efforts and contributions of CIIT in the field of education and research. Secretary General expressed his interest to enrich the Data Bank of AARDO by having the resumes of the experts from the fields of agriculture and its related fields from CIIT for possible utilization of their expertise on need basis. 

It was noticed that both CIIT and AARDO have been facing a challenge in reaching out to each other for various collaborative activities. Therefore, it was decided to nominate focal persons for active collaboration between both sides. The Secretary General also introduced the annual research journal of AARDO and welcomed contributions of CIIT research scientists to this journal from the field of agriculture research and development.

The Secretary General AARDO emphasized that AARDO’s platform is open for young faculty and research students of CIIT for capacity building and other training programs organized by AARDO across different regions of the world. It was reciprocally also highlighted that CIIT is currently hosting around 500 students and most of them are from African countries. Hence it was a good opportunity for the international students particularly from the African region, to avail highly subsidized scholarships under the banner of AARDO.

The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to each other and presentation of souvenirs to the guests. The delegates then visited the Campus and ‘Junaid Zaidi Library.’ They were briefed about the latest well equipped facilities available in the library for faculty members and students

The Secretary General AARDO expressed his gratitude over warm reception and hospitality of CIIT for having him for another time in this beautiful green campus. He was hopeful that both institutions will keep on chasing new opportunities of mutual interest and growth of the organizations.

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  • Friday, December 1, 2017

  • CIIT

  • International Office

The Ambassador of Yemen, H.E Mohammed Alashabi, paid a courtesy call on November 29, 2017. The Ambassador was received by Head IO along with his team. The guest toured the Junaid Zaidi Library and other on campus facilities. He was greatly impressed with the ambiance and the resources made available for the Library users. He also toured students services center and the baby day care center. The group then headed for the formal meeting.H.E was briefed about CIIT’s journey, programs and advancements in research and education and different rankings. He was also apprised about institutional vibrant internationalization agenda. 

The Ambassador thanked CIIT for the fall 2018 admission announcement letter sent to the Embassy of Yemen and appreciated the high standard of education in CIIT. The case of two Yemeni students whose visa was not yet been issued was also discussed and H.E offered his full assistance in this regard. He mentioned that the purpose of his visit was to thank CIIT and also to explore educational opportunities for the Yemeni students. He mentioned that around 300 Yemeni students are currently studying in Pakistan. 

In the end souvenirs were exchanged and the Ambassador left on a positive note.  


  • Thursday, November 30, 2017

  • CIIT

  • International Office

Tsinghua University (TU), China, is a highly prestigious university of China established in 1911 and ranks at 30th position worldwide as per THE World Ranking.  It is widely regarded as the “MIT of China.” 

On 28th November 2017, CIIT had the privilege of receiving a two-member delegation of this University in Islamabad campus, comprising of Prof. Wei Zhang, Vice Dean & Director “Education Center of Master of Engineering Management (MEM)” and Ms. Lareina Liu, Project Manager, Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI). The meeting was attended by senior academics from CIIT including Deans of Engineering and Business Administration and representatives from EE, CS, Biosciences, Management Sciences, and the International Office.

Tsinghua has proposed to initiate a university-to-university collaboration whereby CIIT and TU or TBSI may co-design, co-deliver and co-share the teaching and supervision of two programs namely: International Master of Engineering Management, and the TBSI programs offered in the three fields: Environment Science and New Energy Technology, Big Data/Data Science, Health Care and Precision Medicine.

A possibility of covering the tuition and living expenses of the students by TU was also hinted by the visiting delegates. CIIT welcomed the offer and further proposed that CIIT faculty may be invited by TU to its conferences and workshops, which provide an excellent opportunity for presenting their own research and at the same time to network with the Tsinghua researchers to explore different avenues of collaboration.  The visits would also likely open up referrals for graduate students for short term research placements.  

In times ahead CIIT and TU/TBSI would have closer interactions to gel the ideas shared during the meeting. The meeting ended with exchange of souvenirs from both sides..

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  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017

  • CIIT

  • International Office

A movie screening event was organized by the International Office in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Islamabad on Thursday 2, 2017, tilted Ali & Nino, for the International students of CIIT at the Junaid Zaidi Library. The event started with the national anthems of both the countries.

Dr. Malik, Head IO, warmly welcomed the Chief Guests Mr. Chingiz Garibli, Deputy Head of the Mission and Mr. Samir, Third Secretary from the Azerbaijan Embassy. In his welcome speech he highlighted the recent essay competition held by the Embassy in which 3 out of 5 winners were from CIIT who got to travel to Azerbaijan for a one week long fully sponsored fun trip. Mr. Chingiz, thanked CIIT for screening the movie as a soft historical projection of Azerbaijan and briefly described the story of the film. He also mentioned that Pakistan and Azerbaijan has strong brotherly ties as Pakistan was the first country to recognize Azerbaijan on the world’s map. He also showed interest in mutual cooperation with CIIT in the future. Mr. Qaiser Nawab, an official from International Office and also one of those who won the essay writing competition shared his experience of his recent trip to Azerbaijan.

He thanked H.E. Ali Alizade, the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan, Mr. Chingiz Garibli and Mr. Samir Guliyev for giving him the opportunity to travel to their country and also for extending cooperation in organizing this event. He mentioned that Pakistan is one of the few countries to recognize Khojaly Massacre, carried out by Armenia against Azerbaijani people, as genocide. Pakistan also supports Azerbaijan's side of the Nagorno Karabakh Conflict and has not established ties with Armenia because of the conflict. Whilst Azerbaijan also supports Pakistan's stance on Kashmir over India and recognizes Kashmir as Pakistani Territory. Before the formal movie screening, Head IO presented a souvenir to Mr. Garibli as a token of good will gesture from CIIT.

Afterwards the movie was screened which the audience enjoyed a great deal as it was dubbed in English and they were also treated with the local snacks of ‘samosas and ‘gulab jamans.’



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  • Monday, October 30, 2017

  • CIIT

  • International Office

A two-member delegation comprising Professor Kadambot Siddique and Mr. Paul Buist from University of Western Australia (UWA) came to visit our campus on 26th October 2017, courtesy Ms. Saleha Rajput of Aus-Pak International Islamabad. They toured across the campus and visited the Junaid Zaidi Library and other on campus facilities along with the International Office team. They then had a meeting with Dr. Malik, Head International Office, to which were invited Dr. Najeeb ur Rahman from Physics Department and Dr. Abdul Rauf Siddiqui from Bio Sciences Department. Dr. Malik gave a brief verbal introduction about CIIT and its salient strengths and achievements. The meeting then focused on identifying common grounds for collaboration. Both the CIIT faculty members briefly introduced the research foci of their departments and their own research interests which actively intersected the field of Agriculture. This generated animated discussion and everyone genuinely made their best efforts to identify pathways for potential collaboration between CIIT and UWA.

Dr. Kadambot highlighted the need for awareness among the students and young faculty members of CIIT regarding numerous study opportunities in Australia especially via the Government of Australia’s Australia Awards with 47 dedicated spaces for the students from Pakistan. Ms. Saleha pointed out that normally around 2,000 applications are received for these scholarships thus making them highly competitive. The next cycle will open in February 2018. The Aussie delegation indicated their readiness for a team from CIIT to visit UWA for interactions with the UWA faculty members and senior academics to set up some collaborations. UWA informed the meeting that it is already actively collaborating with the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF) and have trained about 12 PhDs from there at UWA. CIIT showed keen interest in the model in practice between UWA and UAF. The meeting was concluded with sharing of souvenirs from both sides and a group photograph.

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