COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) started its journey in 1998, and established its first campus at Islamabad in April 1998. In August 2000, in recognition of CUI's achievements, the Federal Government granted it the status of a Degree Awarding Institute (DAI) through promulgation of its charter. The CUI, 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 CUI is now slated for up gradation as a university by the name of ‘COMSATS University’ through an Act of the Parliament.
The COMSATS University Islamabad envisions assuming a truly national character for itself in the year to come. It envisions having presence in all provinces of the country. It sees for itself a position among the top five (5) universities in the country; among top 100 universities in the developing countries and top 500 universities in the world respectively in the 5, 10 and 15 years time horizon. Focus in the period 2005–10 will be on science led engineering; in the period 2010–15 on initiating Social Sciences programs and in the period 2015–20, on establishing programs in medical and agricultural sciences.
The COMSATS University Islamabad founded in the belief that understanding enriches all people, 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 an academically diverse range of disciplines and subjects; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of Pakistan, in particular, and the Muslim Ummah, and the world, at large.
The Institute’s mission is threefold:
Research and Discovery
Generate and preserving knowledge, understanding, and creativity by triggering enquiry, conducting high-quality research and promoting scholarship, that benefits students, scholars, and communities across the country, the Muslim Ummah and the world, at large.
Teaching and Learning
Share that knowledge, understanding, and creativity by providing a broad range of educational programs in a diverse community of learners and teachers, and prepare graduate, professional, and undergraduate students, as well as non-degree-seeking students interested in continuing education and lifelong learning, for active roles in competitive and culturally diverse environs.
Outreach and Public Service
Extend, apply, and exchange knowledge between the Institute and society by applying scholarly expertise to social and technological problems, by helping organizations and individuals respond to their changing environments and by making the knowledge and resources created and preserved at the Institute accessible to the citizens. Using the resources of its multiple campuses in an integrated fashion, the institute vies to strengthen the services to the state through education of a modern work force, research and development, technology commercialization, and establishing and promoting partnerships with business, government and community groups.