Improving Standards: QAU ranks 69th among world universities

Published: April 13, 2011
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ISLAMABAD: 

For the first time in the history of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has been ranked 69th among the top 100 universities of the world in recognition of its valuable work and fast improving standard of education.

According to a statement issued by the university, QAU achieved this landmark distinction in QS World University Rankings by Subject – Engineering & Technology for year 2011. The ranking is based on three parameters including Academic, Employer and Citation per paper.

QAU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Masoom Yasinzai congratulated the faculty, staff, and scholars. He said that QAU has also applied for the Times General Ranking. He said QAU would continue to maintain its leading position and also actively pursue earning high rankings in the international academic and research communities.

In the latest ranking of HEC, QAU also secured top position with its 548 research publications in international journals for year 2010.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 13th, 2011.

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  • Jan
    Apr 13, 2011 - 5:10PM

    A a big big congrt QAU rankng . This z a pride but credit goes to Professors of natural sciences. I congratulate them.
    Shame on anthropology professor who complemented negative impressions for producing fraudulent and plagiarize publications.
    Even local publications are fraud but legalized by HEC on sectarian grounds and surprisingly VC QAU rehired her next day after retirement on contract. Pakistan zinda baad. Recommend

  • Faheem Jehangir Khan
    Apr 13, 2011 - 8:16PM

    Congratulations to Quaidian, Congratulations to HEC efforts! BUT with all due respect, this is all fake! Let me put some facts on the table and then you decide what is true:

    The Quaid e Azam University (QAU) is ranked 69th on the QS World Ranking 2011 for “Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing” subject. The Department of Electronics, QAU offers degree program in ‘Automation and Electronics’. It has a very weak faculty, extremely limited resources, and very poor enrolment. This department doesn’t even compete most of the Pakistani Engineering Universities like: NUST, GIK, UET, NED, COMSATS, etc. On the other hand, there is no other QAU-affiliated institute or centre which shares this success.
    Link 1: http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2011/subject-rankings/engineering/mechanical-engineering (Ranking)
    Interestingly, when we look at QS World University Rankings (overall) or even QS Asian University Rankings, we do not find QAU anywhere on either list. In overall rankings, NUST is on 366, whereas, University of Karachi, University of Lahore and UET Lahore are ranked +551. However, not a single Pakistani university secured a position in Top 200 Asian University Rankings.
    Link 2: http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2010 (QS World University Rankings 2010)
    Link 3: http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/asian-university-rankings/2010 (QS Asian University Rankings 2010)
    The QS World Ranking 2011 for “Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing” presents amazing results for QAU’s success, i.e., QAU has extremely poor scores in ‘Academics and Employer’ but has exceptionally outstanding score in ‘citation’.

    (3a) The department has 92.8 score in ‘citation’ and secured the THIRD-BEST position amongst the Top 200 world universities; leaving behind all universities of the world with huge margins. For example, the QS Top five ranking universities show that: MIT has 61.3 score in citation; Cambridge has 60.9; Harvard has 84.1; Stanford has 65.1; and UCB had 61.8. Incredible performance! In 2010 the chairman of the department (Dr Qaiser Abbas Naqvi) has published only one paper in international journal and contributed ‘none’ in local journals or conferences. (http://www.qau.edu.pk/CVnaqvi.pdf)

    (3b) The department has 2.4 scores in ‘Academic’ category and secured the THIRD-WORST position amongst the Top 200 world universities; this time staying behind all the universities of the world with huge margins. Comparing with QS Top five ranking universities show that: MIT has 100 score in academic; Cambridge has 84.3; Harvard has 53; Stanford has 82.9; and UCB had 81.6.

    (3c) The department has 2.4 scores in ‘Employer’ category and this time it secured the SECOND-WORST position amongst the Top 200 world universities; again, staying behind all universities of the world with huge margins. Comparing with QS Top five ranking universities show that: MIT has 84.9 score in employer; Cambridge has 93.9; Harvard has 100; Stanford has 73.9; and UCB had 64.4. The website of the QAU’s department of electronics shows that the number of teaching staff is only 12; among them are only one Professor, two Associate Professors, five Assistant Professors and four Lecturers.

    In the light of the above analysis, I want to raise some questions. How it has happened that a department with extremely limited resources and weak capacity performed outstandingly? How it can be factually and practically possible that world’s top university with leading and renowned faculties and very strong academic record couldn’t perform well as did QAU with just 12 member faculty staff (amongst them are only five PhDs)? The news states “In the latest ranking of HEC, QAU also secured top position with its 548 research publications in international journals for year 2010” meaning that QAU was publishing 2.3 papers every working day of the year in international journals which is beyond the imagination of world top ranking universities and research centres. I think QAU is competing with the World Bank who has 50,000 employees in its world-wide operations. I am interested to see that list of research articles published by QAU? There is no link on QAU or HEC website.

    It seems all fake to me. What do you think? If I am wrong then I am anxious to meet and greet these ‘Einstein(s)’ and ‘Aristotle(s)’ of QAU and my suggestion to HEC and Government of Pakistan would be to open an international school to train the renowned researchers and academicians of the world’s best universities and institutes. Recommend

  • Naeem Akhtar
    Apr 14, 2011 - 1:36PM

    Dear Faheem,

    What you have failed to notice and the most crucial part is “Relative Improvement”, they are still not part of overall improvement, but this ranking is based on Relative Improvement i.e. this department has shown a HUGE IMPROVEMENT in the past year.

    Remaining all your points are actually valid, but they count only when we consider overall or continuous performance evaluation. So be happy that at least some institute in Pakistan has shown some performance. Appreciate their hard work please don’t mock them on their overall plight. Hope it helps :) Recommend

  • A Professor
    Apr 14, 2011 - 4:53PM

    It would be really amazing if this was all true. However there does not seem to be either Mechanical, Aeronautical or Manufacturing engineering department in QAU. How exactly can a Department get that ranking without actually being there in the first place? Am amazed at Times ranking. And the people who are forwarding this link, supposedly researchers, did they not learn the basic tenet of research to verify and validate any news before forwarding? As ordered by the Holy Prophet (SAWW) Recommend

  • White Russian
    Apr 14, 2011 - 6:44PM

    Someone please may give details about the agency which did this ranking. The magnitude of claim is so amazingly astronomical, that I smell fish. May be another symptom of disease afflicted since Prof Attau-Rehman took the reins of higher education: Glory flowed unhindered from Professors’ power-point clicks, with amazing periodic bursts like No. of PhDs in 2003 vs No of potatoes in 1987 Vs no of citations in 2005 etc. In reality everyone knows, that Pakistani science stands nowhere in international scenario, and a taste for fake statistics has been developed over the years. There is no real substance to match the claims, not even the academic departments named “Mechanical/Aeronautical/Manufacturing” (To my knowledge, nothing like this existed a week ago when I was at QAU campus. I do not know if these departments miraculously erupted during my absence in last four days). Recommend

  • Jan
    Apr 14, 2011 - 8:54PM

    Unfortunately VC QAU believes in self praising and just interested to open more and more faculties and programs without providing any infrastucture. And the lady who was promoted on the basis of fake publications is rehired to assist the VC. This is also fact that all of the professors in faculty of social sciences who got tenure track and earning a sizable money since last three years were unable to produce a single publication in any local journal. And I feel no hasitation to say that HEC has also played a negative role and prompted such type of blatant cheat. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 16, 2011 - 6:51PM

    The most recognized global ranking is the ARWU ranking (commonly known as the Shanghai ranking), published by the Shaghai Jia Tong University. Currently, there is no Pakistani university in their ranking lists. However, according to HEC ranking, QAU is the top-ranked university under the General category.Recommend

  • Apr 18, 2011 - 2:30PM

    An awesome improvement.. In the history of Pakistan.. Keep it up.. :)Recommend

  • White Russian
    Apr 19, 2011 - 12:34AM

    Friends, please help me. I cannot confirm the information attributed in this new-story attributed to QS ranking on its website (www.topuniversities.com). May be this newspaper owes us (the readers) an explanation. If source is a press conference by some QAU official, then most probably it is a fabrication for the consumption of a public which is actually a sucker for fictitious national achievements, and is somewhat foolishly convinced of invincibility of non-existent Pakistani science.

    Sad part is:- during recent HEC controversy, big academics have been caught playing politics while deceptively appearing to be engaged in a serious debate. To me, this QAU story seems to be another episode of murky academic politics. Recommend

  • Shafique
    Apr 19, 2011 - 2:50PM
  • Faheem Jehangir Khan
    Apr 19, 2011 - 2:50PM

    I knew it.. the scores and facts were senseless to believe!
    The elevation of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) to 69th among the top 100 world universities proved short-lived as the title by QS World University Ranking body was a ‘TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR’.
    Link: http://www.dawn.com/2011/04/16/a-typographical-elevation-of-qau.html

    So, it has been removed from the QS World University Rankings list.
    http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2011/subject-rankings/engineering/mechanical-engineeringRecommend

  • White Russian
    Apr 19, 2011 - 11:53PM

    @Shafique and FJK,
    Thanks for the update.
    How silly that in search of meaningless laurels, even the VC of QAU does not care about first establishing the facts, even the existence of faculty for which he was so emptily thumping his chest. Even if it was very necessary, QAU VC should have left this chest-thumping-job
    for some lowly official. Because, when it finally came to eating one’s own words, I wish it was not the top most manager of QAU but some unknown silly official.
    QAU is now completely overtaken by the charlatans, it seems.

    It is not a point being a proud Quaidian any more. Thank you HEC for this culture of ready to wear charlatanism.Recommend

  • Shafique
    Apr 20, 2011 - 4:50AM

    @FJK. I appreciate your research. My two cents on the story can be found at http://muhammad-shafique.blogspot.com/2011/04/progress-pride-and-prevarication-by-qau.html Recommend

  • Apr 25, 2011 - 9:25PM

    Its a typo guys don’t party too much.

    How come QAU can beat MIT in research and publications with 92.x points even 30 points more than that….I am in shock. Please correct your information here is the link:

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/04/16/a-typographical-elevation-of-qau.htmlRecommend

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