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. The CIIT, besides its principal campus at Islamabad, has six other fully functional campuses at Lahore, Abbottabad, Wah, Attock, Sahiwal and Vehari, while few more campuses are in different planning stages. On the advice of the Federal Government, efforts are also under way for opening an overseas campus in the Gulf region.
The CIIT is now slated for up gradation as a university by the name of ‘COMSATS University’ through an Act of the Parliament.
The CIIT is dedicated to the search for truth through advancement of learning and extending the frontiers of knowledge; to the sharing of this knowledge through education in academically diverse disciplines; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of Pakistan, in particular, and the Muslim Ummah and the world, in general.
Since its inception, the CIIT has been focusing its efforts in establishing professional linkages with prestigious international universities and research & development institutions. Pursuant to such efforts, CIIT has already signed almost four dozen Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) with reputed institutions throughout the globe. The hallmark of these linkages has been the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA & with Lancaster University, UK to launch a Dual Degree program for its students.
Degree Awarding Status
CIIT attained the status of degree awarding institute vide the Presidential Ordinance
No. XXXVIII issued on 12th August, 2000.