COMSATS University of Science and Technology

COMSATS University of Science and Technology
COMSATS University of Science and Technology
Motto "Learn to excel"
Established April 1998
Type Public
Chancellor Minister of Science and Technology
Rector Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi (S.I.)
Students 18000+ (undergraduate and postgraduate)
Location Islamabad (Headquarters), Pakistan Pakistan
Campus Islamabad, Lahore, Abbottabad, Wah, Attock, Sahiwal, Vehari
Affiliations Pakistan Engineering Council Higher Education Commission

COMSATS University of Science and Technology or CUST is a public sector university [1] in Pakistan. It comes under the umbrella of Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (Asia) or COMSATS, an international inter-governmental organization.

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) started its journey in 1998, and established its first campus at Islamabad in April 1998. In August 2000, in recognition of CIIT's achievements, the Federal Government granted it the status of a Degree Awarding Institute (DAI) through promulgation of its charter vide the Presidential Ordinance No. XXXVIII issued on 12th August, 2000. CUST imparts education to over 18000 students nationwide.


CUST National Ranking

CUST is ranked at 6th position in Pakistan, while in world rankings it lies among the top 1000 universities.[2] in the Engineering discipline according to the HEC ranking issued in 2008. It is ranked 1st in the Computer Science discipline, according to HEC. In terms of research output, CUST has been ranked at number four among institutions of higher education numbering more than 114 in the country during 2005-07. In terms of research citations, the research produced at CUST has been ranked at number two in Pakistan, as verified by web of Sciences.[3]

COMSATS University

The Federal Cabinet of Pakistan charter for COMSATS University[4] on Thursday, October 5, 2011 , upgraded COMSATS Institute of Information Technology into a university. The charter for COMSATS university is in lines with the Model University Ordinance 2002.

Campuses of CUST

Permanent campus of CUST at Islamabad

CUST is an institution of higher learning with multi-campuses across the country. The CUST, besides its principal campus at Islamabad, has six other campuses at Lahore, Abbottabad, Wah, Attock, Sahiwal and Vehari, while more campuses are in the planning stage. On the advice of the Federal Government, efforts are under way to open an overseas campus in the Gulf region. [5] Functional campuses:

CUST Lahore campus

Campuses approved by the federal government:

Campuses envisaged by the CUST:

Departments, faculties and degrees

The institute offers the following degree programs:

Bachelors degrees in:[6]

CUST Wah campus
  • Bioinformatics
  • Bio Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economics
  • Electronics
  • Electrical (Computer) Engineering
  • Electrical (Power) Engineering
  • Electrical (Telecommunication) Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Pharmacy
  • Architecture
  • Business Studies
  • Design
CUST Vehari campus

Masters Degrees in:[6]

  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Development Studies
  • Banking and Finance
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biosciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Development Studies
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy Management
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Health Informatics
  • Management Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Meteorology
  • Nanosciences and Technology
  • Physics
  • Pharmacy
  • Project Management
  • Quality Management
  • Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Statistics
  • Sustainable Water Sanitation Health and Development
  • Telecommunication Engineering

Doctorate degrees in:[6]

  • Biosciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Meteorology
  • Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System
  • Management Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Pharmacy

Accreditation of degree programs

Undergraduate degree programs of the CUST have been accredited by:

  • Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC)
  • National Computing Education Accreditation Council (NCEAC)
  • National Business Education Accreditation Council (NBEAC)
  • Pharmacy Council of Pakistan
  • Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planning (PCATP).

Research and Development

Central library, Islamabad campus

Realizing the acute shortage of highly qualified researchers and scientists and to enhance research culture among the CUST Faculty, the Research and Development (R&D) Division was established in January, 2005. From its very inception, the R&D Division under the dynamic and visionary leadership of the Rector, is playing an active and vital role to enhance and encourage the CUST Faulty to contribute and share in promoting the research activities by submitting their research proposals in all the disciplines.

The research articles published by faculty during 2007 are as follows:

  • Faculty of Sciences: 172
  • Faculty of Engineering: 22
  • Faculty of Business Administration: 26
  • Faculty of Information Technology: 10

International linkages

Linkages are targeted at training of its faculty and students in technology, joint research projects, faculty exchanges, and for organizing professional meetings, seminars and workshops. CUST has signed almost four dozen Memoranda of Understandings (MOUs) with institutions around the globe.

Dual degree programme between CUST and The University of Lancaster

Linkages are with:

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign(UIUC), USA.
  • The University of Sussex, UK: exchange of information, faculty development.
  • The University of Lancaster, UK: faculty in charge, joint research projects, provision of higher degree training to teaching staff, joint conferences, exchange of students.
  • Tampere University of Technology, Finland: faculty development, curriculum development, exchange of experts, technical information and services.
  • Joint Institute of Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia
  • Helsinki University of Technology, Finland: encourage direct contact, academic mobility and cooperation between faculty and staff members, department of research institutes and students.
  • The University of Glasgow, UK: joint research, lectures, symposia and exchange of faculty and students; cooperation relating technology transfer issues; exchange of information and materials.
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA: cooperative professional linkages. Exchange of faculty, research scientists, and institutional managers. Faculty Development.
  • University of Nebraska, USA: collaborative research, training, curriculum, institutional development, Exchange of faculty and students.
  • Joint Institute of Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia: research in nuclear physics through exchange of researchers, joint research, joint organized symposia
  • University of Bradford, UK: establish mechanical and manufacturing engineering program
  • Population and Development Research Institute, Nankai University, China: joint research projects. Exchange of faculty and students. Collaborative training activities.
  • School of Management, University of Surrey, U.K: joint research projects. Exchange of faculty and students. Collaborative training activities.
  • The University of Hull, UK: collaborative research, faculty development.
  • The University of Essex, UK: development of High Speed Optical Communication Lab
  • The University of Leeds, UK: collaborative academic research and development activities.
  • Michigan Technological University, Houghton, USA: collaborative academic research and development activities.
  • Merseburg University of Applied Sciences, IBK, Germany: MS/PhD level training of CUST faculty, collaborative research, student exchange and training programs.
  • Center for Capacity Building, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder CO, USA: jointly establish an Institute for Climate and Society Affairs at CUST.
  • Norwegian Seismic Array, NORSAR, Kjeller, Norway: seismology and earthquake risk evaluation
  • Queen Mary, University of London, U.K: collaborative academic research and development activities.
  • Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), Uganda: MS/PhD level training of CUST faculty, research and linguistic cooperation
  • University of Bologna, Italy: joint Doctoral Degree Program
  • Alliance Francaise, Islamabad (French Based): launching of French online programme at CUST
  • The Embassy of France: introduction of French on-line program
  • Beijing Language and Culture University, China: study areas of collaborative research involving staff and research students…
  • Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China: collaborative research, academic exchanges, PhD level training for CUST’s young faculty
  • Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS), China: collaborative research, academic exchanges, PhD level training for CUST’s young faculty.
  • Tongji University, China: advanced level training of CUST’s faculty, joint research projects, faculty exchanges.
  • Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China: PhD/MS level training of CUST’s faculty, joint research projects, faculty exchanges.

See also


  1. ^ - List of Public Sector Universities in Pakistan
  2. ^ - Ranking of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Recognized Universities in Pakistan
  3. ^
  4. ^ Cabinet approval for COMSATS University
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b c

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