Seven Pakistani universities in Asia's top 300

Published: March 15, 2017

Seven universities from Pakistan have made it to the top 300 universities in the Times Higher Education’s list of Asia’ University Rankings for the year 2017.

Since its inception in 2004, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings use information provided by the government to issue a list of the world’s best universities based on teaching, research, international outlook and reputation.

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Last year, only two Pakistani universities – Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) and National University of Science and Technology (Nust) –  broke the top 300. This year, however, the number has tripled, with  COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, University of Lahore, Bahauddin Zakariya University and University of Karachi ranked between 121 and 250, joining QAU and Nust.

“It is fantastic news that Pakistan has more than tripled its representation in this year’s list of Asia’s best universities, taking seven places, up from two last year. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology is the only new entry to make the top 200 (in the 141-150 band),” said Times Higher Education Rankings Editor Phil Baty.

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“Higher education enrolment in Pakistan has increased significantly (from 280,000 students in 2002 to 1.3 million today), and 47 per cent of these are women (compared to 36 percent 10 years ago), according to data from the World Bank. But, only around 10 per cent of the country’s university-age population go to university, which is much lower than the equivalent figures in India and Sri Lanka. Despite this, reforms have made the establishment of universities much easier, resulting in a trebling in the number of higher education institutions since 2000. And the country’s Vision 2025 commits to increasing the proportion of its young people enrolled in higher education in the next decade and doubling the number of doctoral students to 15,000,” he added.

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  • kdp
    Mar 15, 2017 - 5:55PM

    There can be more if list is for 500 universitiesRecommend

  • Harvard Grad
    Mar 15, 2017 - 6:10PM

    Any ranking which does not include Iqra University should not ne considered as authentic. As IU is termed as Harvard of Asia Pacific.Recommend

  • Newton
    Mar 15, 2017 - 6:17PM

    This mean international standards of education gone down Recommend

    Mar 15, 2017 - 7:51PM

    What is the method of ranking .why not institute of management sciences peshawarRecommend

  • citizen26
    Mar 15, 2017 - 8:19PM

    If celebrities are now turning professors at Uni clearly indicates that standards for education has gone downRecommend

  • kemosabe
    Mar 15, 2017 - 8:34PM

    @Harvard Grad:
    Sorry but that honor goes to Preston Univ.Recommend

  • Jabeen
    Mar 15, 2017 - 8:40PM

    Good to know about Pakistani universities. My concern is where HEC will absorb all PHD’S.
    HEC should take step in this regard tooRecommend

  • Abdul Qayyum Rao
    Mar 16, 2017 - 9:59AM

    A very good news and achievement for Pakistan Higher Education sector, That Seven Pakistani Universities are among top 300 Asian Universities, But it would have been better if Pakistan ‘s 70 Universities Crossed this goal. If our Universities Control on Political influence & activities in universities, the Standard of Higher Education may Go UpRecommend

  • syed sohail ahmed
    Mar 16, 2017 - 10:04AM

    Respected Sir/Madam. Express tribune a tremendous & excellency news coverage in the entire world. Express news a standing out of class in the London Time, Gulf News Khaleej Times, Washington Post, Times of India,is better than all equal news international performance. Recommend

  • saad
    Mar 16, 2017 - 10:06AM

    Proud to be a Pakistani as well as a Nustian.Recommend

  • bajwa
    Mar 16, 2017 - 10:09AM

    It is not a compliment at all to be included in a to-“300” list? If it would have been top 50 or top 10 it’s a different story then. Recommend

  • Saad Ahmed
    Mar 16, 2017 - 10:16AM

    @Harvard Grad:
    hahhahahha hope this is a sarcastic approach towards Iqra University. But Harvard of Asia Pacific was epic hahahhahaahhaahaRecommend

  • leela4fun
    Mar 16, 2017 - 11:50AM

    How come no Axact?Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Mar 16, 2017 - 1:09PM

    Axact is still seeking accreditation.Recommend

  • Muhammad Asghar khan
    Mar 18, 2017 - 2:28AM

    Nice to see Bahauddine zajariya University in the list.Recommend

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