Islamabad-The Times Higher Education World University Rankings has placed COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) at the top position among all the 170+ Pakistani universities, only three of which could make it to the 601-800 band, which is an unprecedented achievement.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, founded in 2004, provide the most definitive list of the world’s best universities, using a carefully balanced, comprehensive methodology developed in consultation with the world’s leading universities. On Thursday, they announced their 2016-17 rankings, which are based on 13 separate performance indicators, says a press release issued here yesterday.

Rector CIIT Dr SM Junaid Zaidi, who was visibly happy announced the news at an informal meeting of senior CIIT officials.  In his congratulatory email, sent to all faculty members and staff, he wrote, “Today, the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) has announced the world rankings. You will be happy to know that CIIT is at the top slot among all the Pakistani universities. There are only three Pakistani universities which could come in the band of 601-800 and among them, CIIT is at the top. Well done and many, many congratulations! Keep it up! May Allah SWT be with us as always! (Ameen!).”

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings team of data experts evaluates world-class universities against 13 separate performance indicators, covering the full range of a top university’s essential areas of activity, research, interaction with business, international outlook, and, uniquely, the teaching environment.

The rankings are also widely used by faculty and university leaders to help set strategic priorities and also by governments to help monitor policy because the World University Rankings are based on one of the richest databases of university performance in the world.

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) was granted a Charter by the Government of Pakistan to award degrees in year 2000. Since then, it has established itself as a leading institution of higher learning in the country, having eight campuses in seven cities, where over 40,000 students are taught by around 3,200 faculty members, over 1,100 of whom hold doctorates. The CIIT offers 97 degree programmes at the Bachelors, master and doctoral levels in six faculties (engineering, basic sciences, information sciences & technology, management sciences, architecture & design, and health sciences), and aspires to become one of the top-rated research universities, providing affordable, high-quality tertiary education in the country. The CIIT currently has 10 research centres, 5,269 research articles and 11 filed patents to its credit.