H.E. Ambassador Daniel Jouanneau accompanied by Ms. Sandie Favier, Attache for Science and Technology, Embassy of French Republic, Islamabad visited COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad on Wednesday the March 16, 2011. Senior CIIT faculty members and officials gave a warm welcome to the honorable guests and briefed them about the facilities at its newly established Campus in Islamabad. Raja Muhammad Ibrahim, Senior Librarian informed the delegates about the facilities at Central Library System. Prof. Raheel Qamar, Dean, Research & Innovations gave a detailed talk about CIIT and shared the ideas on promotion of Science & Technology in Pakistan with the assistance of the French Government. Senior CIIT Officials including Directors, Deans, Chairmen, Heads of various departments and Alumni of French Institutions at CIIT participated in the deliberations.
It is pertinent to mention that CIIT has very cordial relations with the Embassy of French Republic, Islamabad. There have in fact been a number of visits by the French Embassy officials to CIIT before. CIIT is also a partner institution to a consortium of universities led by the University of Nice under the EMMA programme (Erasmus Mundus Mobility for Asia) in which two French Mathematics professors Dr. Marc Diener and Ms. Francine Diener visited CIIT this year. Alliance Francaise is also imparting French language classes at CIIT. The visit undoubtedly provides an opportunity to develop and renew this amicable relationship.
In his brief discourse H.E. Ambassador Daniel Jouanneau thanked CIIT for inviting him to visit CIIT He elaborated the multi dimensional collaboration which is taking place between France and Pakistan. He emphasized that France takes pride in its Science and Technology achievements. He appreciated the phenomenal growth of CIIT in a very short span of time. He also committed to give the support of French Embassy in any joint collaboration that may be initiated in future. In the end, he answered several questions relating to socio political aspects of France.