A 16-member senior delegation comprising of VC’s and international office representatives from the following universities of Italy visited CIIT on 20th March 2018 to learn more about Pakistan’s higher education sector in general and CIIT in particular:
- University of Rome-Tor Vergata
- La Spienza University-Rome
- Ca’Foscari, University of Venice
- University of Iuav, Venince
- Politecnico Di Milano
- Conservatory of Milan
- Albertina Academy of Fine Arts Torino
The Rector CIIT warmly welcomed the Italian delegation at the Rector’s Conference Room where other senior academics and Italian alumni had gathered to interact and exchange views with the visiting delegates. Through a brief power-point presentation, CIIT was introduced to the delegates as a young, reputed, fast growing, research focused and international oriented institution.
The Rector CIIT emphasized that CIIT is now chanting the mantra that we produce job providers and not job seekers. In this regard we are focusing on Entrepreneurship and have an Incubator at CIIT Islamabad which has already graduated 20 companies. He told that we also plan to build more incubators in other campuses and an S&T park also. CIIT is also adopting the hybrid mode of teaching, combining online lectures with virtual discussion boards and physical interaction on campus.
The Rector said that we have linkages with a number of Italian universities and have also availed number of mobilities to University of Padova under Erasmus Mundus program. In future we wish to work with Italian universities and benefit from Erasmus +, have split site or even full time PhD programs, Sabbatical leave, joint projects under Horizon 2020 and Italian participation at our international conferences.
The head of the Italian delegation Prof. Federico Cinquepalmi, in return said that we have a lot of room for cooperation and at the government level a framework agreement is being worked out, which can then be used to develop secondary agreements with top universities at both sides. Further the Italian side is interested in holistic interaction in a number of disciplines i.e. STEHAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Humanities, Arts, & Mathematics).
After the meeting the delegates, continued the discussions with CIIT academics and staff over lunch. A visit of EE labs, Architecture department and SSBC was also arranged for the delegates. After the visit, the delegated marveled at a painting exhibition exhibited by CAG, especially for them. The visit came to a conclusion through a group photo at the entrance of the library.
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