Message of Vice Chancellor Engr. Prof. Dr. Attaullah Shah

I welcome you to City University of Science & IT (CUSIT) Peshawar and appreciate your selection for a better and brighter future with us. Universities and Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) have three major objectives in a society. Firstly, disseminating high quality knowledge. Secondly, undertaking cutting edge research on the problems & issues faced by the world and society as well as using this knowledge for developing cost effective, sustainable solutions and creating competitive advantage. This is often called “Knowledge Economy”. In this knowledge economy, the role of emerging technologies, information sciences and human behavioral sciences are supposed to play very dominant roles. Thirdly, providing vision and direction to the society, to face the challenges of future.

City University has been focusing on developing a wholesome personality of its students by enhancing their Knowledge, Skills and Attitude (KSA) on moral values, international standards and national identity. For this purpose four major priorities have been set. Firstly Quality of Education, where the Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) has been working hard in line with the guidelines, of Quality Assurance Division of HEC. QEC of the University has been placed in the highest quality category “W” by securing 95% scores in 2017. The Institutional Performance Evaluation (IPE) of CUSIT by HEC remained as per their standards and the Peers of the review committee appreciated the herd work of the University. Highly qualified and committed staff, propose built labs & infrastructure and conducive learning environment have contributed significantly for achieve this excellence. The programs of BSc Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, and Computer Science have been accredited by respective councils.

The second priority of University has been high quality research. MS/PhD programs have been initiated in all faculties of the University. The Final year projects and MS/PhD thesis have been aligned with the market and business needs. Industry Advisory Board at National and Provincial levels are providing guidance and mentoring for developing the curriculum of various programs, undertaking market based research and placement of graduates. This is often termed as “Outcome Based Education”. The Organizational Research Industrialization and Commercialization (ORIC) office has been collaborating with industry and international partners for quality research and its commercialization. In 2017, the faculty of CUSIT could publish more than 100 research papers in HEC approved journals. ORIC is closely working with UTM Malaysia, NTD University Vietnam, Sichuan University China and East Carolina University USA, for Commercialization of its research. In this context City University has established City University Business Incubation Centre (CUBIC) and 6 incubators in the areas of software development, engineering and management are being developed. The first incubator “City Soft” has been launched at Islamabad. The project of City University Software Engineering students was selected for showcasing was the HEC among 17 projects selected countrywide.

Thirdly, CUSIT is collaborating with national international partners in the areas of joint research and faculty development. The City University Consultancy Services and Research (CU-CSR) Islamabad is working for internationalization of the University. During 2014-2017, CUSIT has arranged 6 international conferences at Pakistan, Greece, KL Malaysia, Dubai UAE and Bahrain in collaboration with ECU USA, FIU USA, Auburn University USA and UTM Malaysia. This year 2 conference is planned at Colombo Sri Lanka and City University in July and Dec 2018 respectively.

Lastly we are focusing on connecting our graduates to job market and businesses, through Career Development Centre (CDC) and Entrepreneurial Education. CUSIT is actively involved with National Incubation Centre (NIC) Peshawar, KP IT Board and KP Directorate of Science and Technology (DoST). The backwards integration involves, developing the capacity of the students through their rigorous trainings and forward integration with the corporates and businesses for their internships and job placement. In this context the President CUSIT, Mr. Sabur Sethi, has allocated Rs. 10 Million as Startup Capital for the new businesses, which will be enhanced to Rs. 100 Million in 5 years. It is our dream that our every graduate must have either his job or his own business at the time of graduation.

We are consistently improving the quality of undergraduate and graduate programs in the field of Engineering, Computers Science & IT, Architecture, Management Sciences, Education, Mathematics and English. In this context, CUSIT always remains the best choice for talented students of KP, where the legacy of commitment, dedication and discipline helps them to achieve their dreams. At City University, the Faculty and staff is working hard and we hope that with the support of our senior management, peers, mentors, students and their parents, we will become one of the top 10 Universities of Pakistan by year 2020 Insha Allah

May Allah enable us with divine wisdom to educate and develop our youth to face the challenges of modern world and take Pakistan to new destiny of excellence - Ameen

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