COMSATS University Islamabad

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COMSATS University Islamabad
COMSATS new logo.jpg
MottoIn Search of Excellence
AffiliationCommission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South, Ministry of Science and Technology (Pakistan),[1] Higher Education Commission (Pakistan), Pakistan Engineering Council, Pharmacy Council of Pakistan, Pakistan Council for Architects and Town Planners
EndowmentPKR 300 million
ChancellorPresident of Pakistan[2]
RectorProf. Dr. Raheel Qamar
Academic staff
Coordinates: 33°39′06″N 73°09′24″E / 33.6518°N 73.1566°E / 33.6518; 73.1566
ColorsBlue      white     

The COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI), formerly known as COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), is a public university in Pakistan. It is a multi-campus university with its principal seat[3] located in Islamabad.


The university was established by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) in 1998, while its first charter was granted by the Government of Pakistan in August 2000.[4] Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi was the Founder Rector of the university and continued to serve the university till March 2017. Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar[5] assumed charge of the office of Rector in March 2017.[6] It was envisioned as Pakistan’s first exclusive Institute of Information Technology. Previously, its name was COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), which was transformed into a full fledged university called the COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) by an Act of Parliament [7]in April 2018. The university was ranked among top 250 Asian Universities by QS University Rankings in 2014 [8] and nationally it is ranked top-most in Computer Sciences and IT category and 1st overall in the country according to NatureIndex.[9] It is also a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities[10] Its main campus, located in Islamabad, has over 8,500 students and 30,000 more students in its 6 satellite campuses. Its student body also includes international students from over 9 countries. It has 18 departments which combined offer 97[11] degree programs and has since inception produced over 250 PhDs.[12] It has also established the country's first ever Student Startup Business Center (SSBC)[13] to support and promote entrepreneurship and innovation in its academic environment.


COMSATS university is a multi-campus university. Apart from the main campus in Islamabad, the university also has sub-campuses located in Lahore, Attock, Vehari, Abbottabad, Wah and Sahiwal. [14]


The main campus in Islamabad was established in 1998. During the first year of its establishment, the institute offered only a few certificate courses and a postgraduate diploma in computer studies with a single class room and limited resources. Islamabad campus is situated at Chak Shahzad, Islamabad. Currently, more than 8,055 students are enrolled in various degree programs at this campus.[15]


CUI Abbottabad Campus

The Abbottabad campus became functional in July 2001 and the first academic session started in September 2001. This campus is ideally situated in the vicinity of Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul. The campus is built on 308 Kanals of land leased by the Pakistan Army at Toba Camp. The abandoned army barracks were converted into a living campus within a short period of two months by the university team. The first academic session started with a student strength of 121 and only three undergraduate programs.[16]


Attock campus was established in 2004. There are 4 departments,9 undergraduate and 6 graduate programs are offered, more than 2,650 students are enrolled, qualified faculty strength of 179 including 55 PhDs. More than 500 research papers are published.[17]


CUI Vehari Campus

Established in 2008, Vehari campus started with 45 students enrolled in one program and now it has more than 2,385 students, more than 180 faculty members, 14 programs and three functional academic blocks. talented students are available in comsats vehari. Raees Ali Gohar BBA(S3) participated in many games and other activities.


CUI Lahore Campus

The Lahore Campus is located on Defence Road, Off Raiwind Road and is at a 30-minute drive from the main city. This campus was established in January 2002.


CUI Wah Campus

The opening of COMSATS University in the historical and industrial town of Wah was a joint effort of the university and Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) which is located in Wah Cantonment. The university management started campus at Wah in a record period of 70 days. The then Minister for Science and Technology and Chancellor of the university formally inaugurated the Institute on 14 September 2001. Initially, Wah campus started its operation in the small guest house of POF. In 2003, two purpose-built academic blocks were handed over to the university on long term lease period by POF. Wah campus extended its academic facilities by purchasing land contiguous to the existing campus in 2012 measuring 96 Kanals. The campus has also acquired 20 Acres of land near Brahma Bahtar Interchange on M1 motorway to meet its future academic requirements.


Sahiwal campus situated at Sahiwal was formally inaugurated in September 2007. It has 7 academic departments and 10 other services departments. It has 3800 students from different departments.

Virtual Campus[edit]

CUI virtual campus was established in July 2008 and started its regular function in January 2012. The campus was established in offices, laboratories and studios located in Islamabad having approximately 20,000 sq. ft. covered area. State-of-the-art servers, dedicated PERN bandwidth, as well as latest audiovisual equipment, was acquired to set up laboratories, studios and data centre. Virtual campus started its first academic session in Fall 2012 offering four undergraduate level degree programs in computer science and management science subjects.


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  2. ^ "Administrative Structure". Comsats University Islamabad. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  3. ^ "CUI's History and Quick Facts". Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  4. ^ Palestine becomes COMSATS' member
  5. ^ "COMSATS – Rector". Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Dr. Junaid Zaidi, founder Rector CIIT | COMSATS". Retrieved 4 December 2017.
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  8. ^ CIIT ranked among top 250 Asian universities as per QS university rankings 2014
  9. ^ CIIT ranks 2nd among national universities according to NatureIndex
  10. ^ "Quality and Research based Ranking of Pakistani HEIs". Archived from the original on 30 October 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  11. ^ "CUI's History and Quick Facts". Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  12. ^ COMSATS
  13. ^ "SSBC". Retrieved 15 January 2019.
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  15. ^ "Islamabad Campus". 25 March 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  16. ^ "Abbotabad Campus". 25 March 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
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