Six Pakistani institutes among world's top 800 universities

Published: March 9, 2016


Six Pakistani institutes of higher education are ranked among the world’s top 800 universities by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British ranking agency.

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National University of Sciences And Technology (Nust) Islamabad, Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Lahore University of Management Sciences (Lums), University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore, University of Karachi (KU) and the University of Lahore are the Pakistani universities that made it to the top 800 universities in the world.

Nust Islamabad ranked 501-550 while QAU was at 651-700 followed by LUMS, UET Lahore, KU and University of Lahore at 701+.

Nust was also ranked separately at 340 in the ‘Engineering and Technology’ category.

The QS rankings takes into account academic reputation (40 per cent), employer reputation (10pc), student to faculty ratio (20pc), citations per faculty (20pc), international faculty ratio (5pc) and international students (5pc). The methodology aims to assess research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.

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On the other hand, 15 Indian universities made it to the list. Two of them, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) were ranked within 200, at 147 and 179 respectively.

The top 10 universities in the world in the QS rankings are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Cambridge University, Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, University of Oxford, University College London, Imperial College, ETH Zurich and the University of Chicago.

Quaid-e-Azam University has been ranked Pakistan’s best university in the general category, according to rankings for 2015 released by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

University of Punjab in Lahore and National University of Science and Technology (NUST) secured second and third positions respectively, as per the HEC as chairperson Dr Mukhtar Ahmed unveiled the rankings of 129 universities in Islamabad.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • fact is fact
    Mar 9, 2016 - 11:50AM

    How ironic that LUMS does not even feature in HEC list of Best universities in Pakistan. I guess its a “conspiracy” to malign HEC :P lolRecommend

  • lol
    Mar 9, 2016 - 2:55PM

    ^ what about UOL, it was not mentioned too in HEC’s rankings,not even in general category but people will only notice highly overrated LUMS.Recommend

  • echoboom
    Mar 10, 2016 - 5:47AM

    employee brained destined to serve the west…no contribution to Pakistan.Recommend

  • fact is fact
    Mar 10, 2016 - 7:44AM

    What do you mean by that ??

    Point is not which university is included. The point is HEC rankings are useless. LUMS might be overrated but you have to see the fact that graduates from LUMS do get better jobs all over the world. Just as an example: A LUMS MS graduate can get UK work permit without any checks (it equivalent to UK MS) and none of the other universities in Pakistan is equivalent. Recommend

  • alif
    Mar 10, 2016 - 11:12AM

    The best position a pakistani university managed is 300+
    Basically universities overseas which are mocked for being rubbish are still far superior to pakistani universities.Recommend

  • Asmat
    Mar 12, 2016 - 4:18AM

    University of Lahore in top universities doesn`t makes any sense,its just a simple private institution like Beaconhouse National University or Lahore School of Economics.Where is historical Government College Lahore?Recommend

  • Mar 13, 2016 - 6:04AM

    Lots of disappointment to see the such a HEC ranking list. We really don’t know what the criteria for the sorting the universities at all. HEC just come up with in-house ranking list at front of all pakistan missing LUMS, UOL, GC and many more.

    On the other hand congratulate those institute who got place in top 800 universities, that’s a proud moment. Recommend

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