During the last 15 years, CIIT has witnessed a phenomenal growth to an extent that it would perhaps not be out of place to say that CIIT has been one of the fastest growing educational institutions of the decade. All through these years, various external bodies have evaluated CIIT and the quality of its programs, based on very stringent quality and professional standards. The most important independent entities and regulatory bodies evaluating CIIT and its programs are the Higher Education Commission (HEC), the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), National Computing Education Accreditation Council (NCEAC), and the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) Web of Knowledge.
It is a matter of pride for the CIIT that it has been able to record remarkable achievements in terms of ranking of its Engineering degree programs as well as research productivity of the faculty members.
The various rankings, year wise are listed below for the interest of CIIT stakeholders.
In February 2016, University Rankings for the year 2015 were announced by HEC. CIIT has been ranked at No.3 in the General Category, and at No. 6 in overall universities within Pakistan as ranked by HEC.
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In May 2015, University Rankings for the year 2014 were announced by HEC. CIIT has been ranked at No.2 in the General Category, and at No. 4 in overall universities within Pakistan as ranked by HEC.
CIIT earned yet another singular honor in the year 2015 to be first ever Pakistani Higher Education Institution to have successfully crossed the psychological barrier by producing high quality research publications totaling more than 1,000 in a single year. According to the Thomson-Reuters Web of knowledge database, CIIT’s research publications amount to 1212. And according to the bibliometric data from Elsevier’s Scopus database, the number of research publications is 1307.
In May 2014, the CIIT attained position in 201-250 range of top Asian Universities by QS Asian University Rankings. In these Asian University Rankings, 10 institutions from Pakistan including CIIT are among top 300 in Asia. The details are given on the link: https://comsats.edu.pk/AboutCIIT/ciit_attains_position.aspx
In 2013, Higher Education Commission (HEC) announced Quality and Research based Rankings of Pakistani Higher Education Institutes where CIIT has been ranked at number 4 in General Universities (Large) category among all 132 universities of Pakistan.
Besides, CIIT earned an overall 3 stars rating out of a total of Five by QS. The details are given on the link https://www.comsats.edu.pk/Qs/qs_stars.aspx
In the year 2012, HEC announced the Quality and Research Based rankings of Pakistani Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) on February 23, 2012. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) secured the first position in Computer Science and IT category. Besides, CIIT has also been placed at number nine in overall Top Ten HEIs of Pakistan out of 132 universities.
HEC-Pakistan is the first country in the Islamic world that has developed ranking criteria, methodology, and has conducted a ranking exercise based on QS (world level) Ranking. This initiative of QS ranking was taken up by HEC with the objective to promote a culture of participating in the world university rankings for the purpose of getting reasonable reflection of HEIs development in the country.
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Besides, CIIT has moved to No. 3 position among all universities in Pakistan based on the Research Publications published in SCI-E, SSCI, A&HCI databases of Thomson–Reuters Web of Science for 2012 as announced by HEC.
The HEC revised the ranking based on Research Output in peer-reviewed journals indexed by Thomson-Reuters, the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI), Web of Knowledge, USA on December 9, 2011. According to revised ranking, CIIT maintained its overall sixth position. In the sub-category of IT & Engineering, CIIT stood at number two while in Social Sciences, Management & Statistics category, CIIT secured number three ranking. In the other two categories of Natural Sciences and Agriculture & Life Sciences and Medicine, CIIT is ranked at number six and 12 respectively.
In addition, CIIT has been placed at No. 6 among all universities in Pakistan based on the Research Publications published in SCI-E, SSCI, A&HCI databases of Thomson–Reuters Web of Science for 2011 as announced by HEC.
Based on Research output in peer-reviewed journals indexed by Thomson-Reuters, the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI), Web of Knowledge, USA, CIIT improved its position from number seven (during 2006-2009) and rose to number six during 2010 based on research output.
Also in 2010, QS placed CIIT at number 54 among the top 100 Asian universities in the category of Student to Faculty Ratio with a score of 83.
CIIT maintained its ranking number eight in top universities of Pakistan while improved its ranking from number 55 to number 52 among the top 100 universities in the subcontinent by Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, also known as Ranking Web of World Universities, during 2009.
CIIT maintained its number seven position during the years 2006-2009 in the ranking based on the research output in peer-reviewed journals indexed by Thomson –Reuters, ISI Web of Knowledge, as notified by HEC.
The h-index combines an assessment of both the ‘quantity’ (number of papers) and ‘quality’ (impact or citations of these papers). It favors academics publishing in a continuous stream of papers having a lasting and non zero impact, contrary to publishing just one highly-cited paper. Among the 68 Pakistani institutions evaluated, CIIT has been listed at the number three position, securing an outstanding h-index score of ‘13’ (‘15’ being the highest possible) in 2008.
In terms of research citations, as notified by HEC in 2008, CIIT was ranked at the second position. Nine universities located in the Federal capital area were evaluated for this purpose while CIIT was at number five in overall Pakistan.
The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, also known as Ranking Web of World Universities, is ranking system for the world's universities based on a composite indicator that takes into account both the volume of the Web contents (number of web pages and files) and the visibility and impact of these web publications according to the number of external links (site citations) they received. The ranking is published by the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) located in Madrid. Ranking Web of Universities by Country ranked CIIT at number eight in Pakistan while at number 55 among the top 100 universities in the subcontinent.
In the ranking based on the research output in peer-reviewed journals indexed by Thomson –Reuters, ISI Web of Knowledge CIIT was ranked at number seven, as notified by HEC.
The HEC has carried out an exercise for the ranking of institutions of higher education in Pakistan in 2006. According to HEC’s ranking of engineering universities, CIIT is at number eight among the engineering institutions of higher education.
That same year (2006), HEC expanded the scope of evaluation and ranked all higher education institutions on the basis of their research output, as indexed by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) Web of Knowledge database (Thomson Scientific, 2006). CIIT got an outstanding score in this category too and was ranked at the seventh position among 63 universities and degree awarding institutions.