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