KU lands in bottom half of top 300 Asian universities

Published: May 31, 2012
The QS Asian University Rankings 2012 list shows National University of Science and Technology (#108). PHOTO: WIKIPEDIA

The QS Asian University Rankings 2012 list shows National University of Science and Technology (#108). PHOTO: WIKIPEDIA

KARACHI: Investments in higher education seem to have reaped dividends as six universities of Pakistan, including the University of Karachi (KU), have won a place among the top 300 Asian universities.

The QS Asian University Rankings 2012 list shows National University of Science and Technology (#108), KU (#191-200), Aga Khan University (#201-250), Lahore University of Management Sciences (#251-300) and The University of Lahore (#251-300) in the top 300 universities of the continent.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is the world’s most renowned and prestigious ranking agency.

A statement issued on Wednesday by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) claimed that the rankings speak volumes about the hard work put in by the management and faculty of these universities.

The HEC has consistently supported the varsities in terms of infrastructure, digital libraries, opportunities for innovative research, collaborative research projects with leading international institutions and participating in international exchange programmes, it was said.

Pakistani universities have produced more PhDs in the past nine years (3,280) – since the establishment of the HEC – than in the first 55 years (3,000) of the country’s establishment.

Research output has grown eight-fold since 2002 (from 815 in 2002 to 6,200 in 2011) which is a remarkable achievement by any world standard. Eighty per cent of these research publications are coming from higher education institutes. The output has more than doubled in the last three years and is expected to double again in the next three.

Around 5,000 scholars from Pakistan have presented their research work at leading conferences of the world and have established academic linkages with their counterparts in every leading university of the world in the US, UK, China, Germany, France, Australia, Korea, etc.

According to the HEC, Pakistani scientists, engineers and technologists are the country’s biggest strategic asset. Till five years ago, they were concentrated in a few strategic organisations, but the higher education revolution brought about by the HEC has ensured that every engineering and science and technology university has started to blossom into a centre of research and innovation.

The HEC declared that it has been able to break the elitist myth of availability of talent only in large cities by providing scholarships to talented students belonging to the middle class and poor segments of the society.

Currently, the education commission is focusing on expansion of facilities for biotechnology and genetics, immunology, robotics and automation, nanotechnology, superconductivity, photo-optics and lasers, electromagnetics and nuclear fusion for energy, it was stated.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2012.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • m.
    May 31, 2012 - 5:45AM

    Its ironic that the HEC’s own ranking system places KU quite low in the list, below Faisalabad Agricultural University from what I remember.


  • Naeem Siddiqui
    May 31, 2012 - 7:16AM

    Finally a good news from Pakistan


  • Sky
    May 31, 2012 - 8:19AM

    Out of curosity What are the top 10?


  • ayesha azeem
    May 31, 2012 - 8:27AM

    Agha Khan…WowRecommend

  • thomas edison
    May 31, 2012 - 9:18AM

    KU is ranked higher than LUMS ? What a joke !


  • aus
    May 31, 2012 - 9:54AM

    What a factually incorrect article. All the data provided is from the time when Atta Rehman use to head the HEC. Please read what the doctor has recently about the current affair of education in the country.
    By the way, how low a bar we set for ourselves to take laurels in the fact that we made the list of 300 ‘asian’ universities and yet not a single one come in top hundred let alone top ten.


  • Kamil
    May 31, 2012 - 10:53AM

    so we a university called “university of Lahore” too :O


  • May 31, 2012 - 7:52PM

    As of 2010, Harvard researchers Robert Barro & Jhong-Wa Lee have reported that there are 380 out of every 1000 Pakistanis age 15 and above who have never had any formal schooling. Of the remaining 620 who enrolled in school, 22 dropped out before finishing primary school, and the remaining 598 completed it. There are 401 out of every 1000 Pakistanis who made it to secondary school. 290 completed secondary school while 111 dropped out. Only 55 made it to college out of which 39 graduated with a degree.

    Another important point to note in Barro-Lee dataset is that Pakistan has been increasing enrollment of students in schools & universities at a faster rate since 1990 than India. In 1990, there were 66.2% of Pakistanis vs 51.6% of Indians who had no schooling. In 2000, there were 60.2% Pakistanis vs 43% Indians with no schooling. In 2010, Pakistan reduced it to 38% vs India’s 32.7%.



  • saeed
    Jun 1, 2012 - 3:08AM

    At least we should give credit to Musharraf when it is due….he had done a lot of mistakes and because of him we are in a mess..HEC was one of the initiative for which I really like him….excellent work..


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