ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) Islamabad tops among Pakistani institutions and also succeeded to clinch 18th position among top western Asian institutions as per the high-quality research outputs ranking table 2016.
According to the released index by international reputed organisation, Nature, the CIIT Islamabad has showed remarkable performance with 246.2% increase in weighted fractional count (WFC) in 2015 as compared to 2014.
Among the top 20 institutions from western Asia all three top universities are from Israel while King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Saudi Arabia remained on 4th position.
Among top western Asian institutions five universities are from Iran, three each from Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan has one each as COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) Islamabad stood at 18th position.
Among the top global institutors, China succeeded to get top position as Global Academy of Sciences China stood first followed by Harvard University USA, French National Centre for Scientific research France, Max Plank Society Germany and Stanford University USA and University of Tokyo Japan. Two universities from UK, Oxford and Cambridge stood at 9 and 10th position respectively.
Among the top 20 global institutors seven are from USA, two each from Japan, china, UK and one each from France, Canada and Switzerland.
No Pakistani institution could make place among top global institutes.
Each year, the Nature Index publishes tables based on counts of high-quality research outputs in the previous calendar year. The data behind the tables are based on a proportion of total research papers, covering the natural sciences. The 2016 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.
The academic and social circles greeted chancellors, rector and faculty of CIIT for winning laurels for Pakistani nation at regional forums.
They have also appreciated the contribution of CIIT for promoting research culture in Pakistani universities and provision of quality higher education in different parts of the country.