2013 rank: Three Pakistani universities among world’s top 200

Published: June 17, 2013
Pakistan’s research goes up by 300% in the last five years. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan’s research goes up by 300% in the last five years. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: As many as seven universities of Pakistan have made it to the list of top 250 Asian universities while three other universities among the top 200 world universities in agriculture and forestry.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), United Kingdom-based universities ranking agency issued the ranking for the year 2013.

According to QS, Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad (QAU) has secured 119 position among top 250 Asian varsities while National University of Science and Technology Islamabad (NUST) was declared 120, Agha Khan University Karachi (AKU) between 151-160, Lahore University of Management Sciences Lahore (LUMS) between 191-200, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore (UET), University of Karachi and University of the Punjab Lahore between 201-250 are now in top 250.

“This is the result of hard work and the passion we poured into the university in order to deliver world class education in developing country,” Quaid-e-Azam Universities Vice Chancellor Masoom Yasinzai said.

In addition, three Pakistani universities: University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) 142, Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi 152 and QAU 172, are now in the Top 200 World Universities categories in the disciplines of agriculture and forestry.

“We are in the subject ranking list, which carries over 3,000 varsities,” Vice Chancellor University of Agriculture Faisalabad Iqrar Khan said. “It is important, however, that we sustain the ranking we attained.”

Commenting on the universities’ international recognition, Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Javed Laghari said during the last year six Pakistani universities were among top 300 Asian universities. “This year seven varsities are in the list of top 250,” he said.

According to HEC sources, since the establishment of education body in 2002, research output has grown eight-folds (from 815 research papers in 2002 to more than 6,300 in 2012) with the largest number of publications in areas of economic development.

As a result, the world share of Pakistan’s research has gone up by 300 per cent in the last five years.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 17th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (63)

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Jun 17, 2013 - 9:55AM

    Good news for a change.


  • Amna
    Jun 17, 2013 - 10:16AM



  • ArXhaD
    Jun 17, 2013 - 10:17AM

    Isn’t it POOR to have only 7 varsities in TOP 200…..that too starts with the position on 119th…… isn’t it sound hilarious. Is this out EDUCATION LEVEL in the world…………. What about out our called TOP universities, none of which has made to top 50 at least. NEED to work out our education system on WAR footings…………. Else our Generations will never forgive us what we are leaving for them. This is because we have made Education as Business in the private sector and the quality is being compromised for self interest.


  • Burjor
    Jun 17, 2013 - 10:42AM

    We have the potential, as every nation does, so just try and keep the standards up. Commendable, considering the socio-economic conditions, security, and many many other issues that are we are passing thru. All the more commendable and appropriate, as Pakistan has a very high youth population, the nation should know that there is a silver linning, and the nations future may be brighter, better informed, better equiped to face the challenges of the future. Keep trying harder Pakistan.


  • Muhammad Shafique
    Jun 17, 2013 - 10:54AM

    Congrats and keep it up.


  • Mj
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:26AM

    ” As many as seven universities of Pakistan have made it to the list of top 250 Asian universities while three other universities among the top 200 world universities in agriculture and forestry.

    The headline is misleading.


  • Sb
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:26AM

    Quaidian once
    Quaidian forever… :)


  • np
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:59AM

    Misleading title. They are among Asia’s top 250 not world top 200


  • Sane
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:10PM

    The numbers and ranks are nothing to be proud of … and now that we have less budget dedicated for eductaion , things are not going to get better.


  • imi87
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:16PM

    We should be ashamed from these stats. Couple of Indian universities are in top 10 and many of Indian universities in top 50 as well, while Pakistani top class universities are not in the top 100. We need to improve massively in the education sector specially from the primary schools to top class business / medical and engineering universities.


  • Ajamal
    Jun 17, 2013 - 1:07PM

    @Mj: Read again below
    In addition, three Pakistani universities: University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) 142, Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi 152 and QAU 172, are now in the Top 200 World Universities categories in the disciplines of agriculture and forestry.


  • Tommy
    Jun 17, 2013 - 1:22PM

    Where is my beloved NUST EME on the list


  • Khan101
    Jun 17, 2013 - 1:28PM

    No Pakistani university even in the top 400 of “World University Rankings” by QS. 401-450 is NUST, Islamabad.


  • Ghareeb Adami
    Jun 17, 2013 - 2:34PM

    We are ok with our education system. Just keep going.


  • ysk
    Jun 17, 2013 - 2:47PM

    How is this encouraging? This is Asian ranking only. Break it down per country and we can see how we compare to other countries with similar conditions. Specially I would be interested to know if some of the countries were worst than us and now are doing better.


    Jun 17, 2013 - 2:48PM

    Thums up! Good news


  • Prof. Dr. Hussain
    Jun 17, 2013 - 2:57PM

    Dr. Javed Leghari has actually mislead the Pakistani Nation quoting the statements without verifying Factual figures mentioned on QS web.


    Our Universities Ranks are getting decline rather than improving in last five years. Pls check the Fact Statistics with Historical Data on given link.

    News Reporter has also misleaded and plagiarised the News from media.

    Prof. Dr. Hussain (University of Karachi)


  • Irfan Sahotra
    Jun 17, 2013 - 3:36PM

    UET Lahore deserves its place in Top World Univerisities.


  • antanu
    Jun 17, 2013 - 3:38PM

    pl provide a list of thosr MANY universities….just to enlighten me.further why you people always look at the things through indian glasses?


  • Jude Lobo
    Jun 17, 2013 - 3:39PM

    For those who might be wondering about the exclusion, yes IBA is not a university.


  • Irfan Sahotra
    Jun 17, 2013 - 3:43PM

    UET Lahore rocks!


  • Em
    Jun 17, 2013 - 4:10PM

    I hear you.


  • Jun 17, 2013 - 4:17PM

    It is funny to see the quality of the ranking. According the QS ranking 2013 Quaid-I-Azam University has been ranked 51-200 based on the Agriculture & Forestry subject [http://www.topuniversities.com/node/5051/ranking-details/university-subject-rankings/2013], and QAU do not have any Agriculture & Forestry related department.

    What do you think?


  • Indi-Pop
    Jun 17, 2013 - 4:41PM

    FYI, no Indian university is in top 200 world ranking. Some depts (like English dept of Delhi University) are top ranked but no university.


  • Rabya
    Jun 17, 2013 - 5:05PM

    i am even more proud to be a “Quaidian” now, and people who are comparing the rankings with other neighboring countries, please cut with the pessimistic talk, it is a progress, slow and steady but at least we are progressing in higher education sector..please start to learn how to appreciate and commend…


  • qasim
    Jun 17, 2013 - 5:28PM

    study study study and the result comes no jobs ??? govt must think on 60 % of youth now


  • quaidian
    Jun 17, 2013 - 5:28PM

    @Irfan Sahotra: who care abt uet when u have QAU :P


  • indi
    Jun 17, 2013 - 5:37PM

    ohh plz….a country which isnt sure about its population shouldnt publish random stats….give a link plz….. and look at the name of the guy who published this…..isnt he the same blogger that has a habit of making pak look posh posh and despises its eastern neighbour tooo much? getting happy for no reason…..national pride??


  • Jun 17, 2013 - 5:41PM

    It is great to know that students don’t have to look outside for world class education. Pakistan continues to produce great talent, and now that talent can stay inside the country and contribute to its success.

    Ali Khan


  • madiha
    Jun 17, 2013 - 5:42PM



  • Jun 17, 2013 - 5:45PM

    The title is not misleading, instead the information is hidden..Great to see Pakistani Universities to rank among the top 200 world universities in agriculture and forestry. Its definitely a motivating fact.. For more info, please visit http://www.uniguru.co.in


  • Naveed
    Jun 17, 2013 - 5:47PM

    Where are Szabist, Iqra and CBM ??


  • osama
    Jun 17, 2013 - 6:21PM

    Proud to be a quaidian…..:)


  • sm
    Jun 17, 2013 - 6:25PM

    after reading the above comments.it is plenty clear that no one has a clue about higher education institutions.The list of QS 2013 was published long back, but ET found it just now.And the list is of “ASIA” not “WORLD”. In the world,not even a single university from Pakistan makes it through top 300,let alone 200.

    The list is dominated by Chinese,Japanese,south Korean, Taiwanese,Singaporean universities.followed by India.

    QS University Rankings: Asia 2013

    and the ranking of Asian universities is a joke compared to European,north American,south American and Australian universities. the only Asian universities that figure among the top in the world are Chinese,Japanese,south Korean and Singaporean.rest are big joke.


  • usman rehmat
    Jun 17, 2013 - 6:58PM

    the standar of education universities of pakistan is deacreasing day by day and we r infact the sole reason 4 this after all ur poor education and examinaton system is too poor to comment on i think it should be improve first


  • hamza khan
    Jun 17, 2013 - 7:09PM

    what, no jamia hafsa?


  • Rabya
    Jun 17, 2013 - 7:19PM

    i cant find a single Indian university in the world 200 or 300 rankings as commented by the above posters so, stop spreading lies..


  • Wellwisher
    Jun 17, 2013 - 7:41PM

    Three colleges from India make it to TOP 50 in the rankings. Why there is no comparison with India this time which is the usual custom.


  • Raza Hamdani
    Jun 17, 2013 - 8:20PM

    Where are Indian Universities in the ranking?


  • Sohail
    Jun 17, 2013 - 10:12PM

    Wow! The Laptop scheme is delivering results sooner than expected. Lol.


  • indi
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:07PM

    entire list is mainly dominated by chinese,japanese,koreans and malaysians…..we should learn from china and improve our higher education system….enrollment in india is only 18% vs 26% for china……india,thailand,indonesia dont appear much in the list…
    @ all indian frnds
    dont u think iisc and my institute bits pilani should be there??Recommend

  • indi
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:14PM

    top 200 no indian university….top 300 certainly yes…check again….so no lies like ur govt :)Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:20PM

    QS rankings are based on a weird web traffic model or something. They are not considered reliable by reliable people in reliable academic circles.
    Shame that HEC chairman is actually commenting on it!
    We do have some engineering universities in top 200. But using this ranking is a joke.Recommend

  • Rashid
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:28PM


    “………why you people always look at the things through indian glasses?”

    The reason is ‘difference’, but to be more precise ‘being different’. Being different from India (read, hindoos) is the umbilical cord that connects us with India.
    We were told by the father of our nation that;
    “The Hindus and Muslims belong to two different religious philosophies, social customs, and litterateurs. They neither intermarry nor interdine together and, indeed, they belong to two different civilizations which are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions. Their aspect on life and of life is different. It is quite clear that Hindus and Mussalmans derive their inspiration from different sources of history. They have different epics, different heroes, and different episodes. Very often the hero of one is a foe of the other and, likewise, their victories and defeats overlap.”
    As you can see, we are not only different from each other; we are opposite to each other. That’s how and why we came to exist as a nation. So the comparison is not incidental, but essential to our identity and existence. A reality check through periodic comparison is necessary to ensure that we remain different and at the opposite from each other.
    If they are good at something, we must strive to be bad at it. Since we have no control over them being bad in anything anyway, this is the least we can do.
    Though it worries me to death and I wonder, why can’t we become good at something, in which they have fared badly?Recommend

  • Sohail Osman Ali
    Jun 17, 2013 - 11:55PM

    Ranking of 7 Pakistani universities in the bottom quartile of 200 best is nothing to be proud of. So it is surprising to quote one Vice-Chancellor, “It is important, however, that we sustain the ranking we attained.” and for another Vice-Chancellor to say, ““This is the result of hard work and the passion we poured into the university in order to deliver world class education….” I really don’t see much hope if Vice Chancellors are so thrilled to be given a ranking, no matter how low. They owe it to the students and the alumni to aim to be at ranked in the top 25, then there should be talk of working to sustain and improve the ranking. Recommend

  • Sarfaraz
    Jun 18, 2013 - 12:52AM

    @ArxhaD yes it is sad and ridiculous about 3 only universities in Top 200 and based on your English writing I suppose that’s the reason why we have this much number lol come on do you actually realize the criteria for selectio- your government allocates more budget for defense (and yet we can’t trace drones or seals) than for education and health!

    Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Larkano Sindh Pakistan


  • Imran
    Jun 18, 2013 - 1:32AM

    Thanks for your comments and I am 100% agree with you but your comments are irrelevant with this topic. In the current political circumstances, we have to compete in education, science and technology, industrial developments, business and economy with our neighbor countries to maintain the balance of power in the region. When u didn’t compare your self then how would u know u r heading towards the right direction.
    Personally, I think I am the most racist person and very strict anti indian. I have a feeling that if I got the power to lead our country, first step I will take to ban all Indian channels, movies and sensor every single clip being telecast by our news channels on the name of entertainment.

    In relation to this topic, please also check ” GLOBAL MBA RANKING 2013 BY FINANCIAL TIMES”


  • Javaid
    Jun 18, 2013 - 3:54AM

    Title is misleading. These are not world,s top. These are classified under Top Asian Universities.

    Top World


    Top Asian



  • Sarah
    Jun 18, 2013 - 6:39AM

    The headline is MISLEADING. These universities do not rank in the WORLD’S top universities but in Top ASIAN Universities.


  • A. Khan
    Jun 18, 2013 - 7:00AM

    QAU has a forestry and agriculture department. Since when ? And they made it to top 200 in the world ahead of Faisalabad University of Agriculture.

    I just don’t agree with this ranking system. And who exactly is QS anyway ? Never heard of them in terms of university rankings.

    Another bogus ranking system like the great but unknown International Quality Award most Pakistani companies publicize in their ads.


  • neil
    Jun 18, 2013 - 9:43AM

    Guys – I just checked the list of the Worlds Top Universities on the site mentioned above in the article – Sorry to say Pakistan’s best University is LUMS @rank-601. There are NO pakistani universities in the top 500. If educated people like a Vice Chancellor doesn’t know – or should I say is deliberately misleading the people – he should be ashamed and resign – how can a person holding such an esteemed position be so clueless.


  • Faisal
    Jun 18, 2013 - 9:57AM

    Exact reflection of the poor state of eduction in Pakistan!

    No university in the top 20 in Asia, given the size of the country and its population, shows the pathetic state of education along with poor commitment by not only the law makers but also the academia in general.

    I suggest that each VC should sit down with the professors/admin in their respective universities and come up with a vision to be among the top 10 in their respective fields in the next 10 years. Only by following this vision will they be able to achieve excellence in their respective fields in the next 10 years. Afterall individuals have achieved excellence by focuing on a personal vision and remaining committed to it such as SIUT, Shaukat Khanum, LUMS, AKUH, etc why not do it for a whole university?

    A personal request to the decision makers – ” Please do not focus on securing the next promotion but focus on creating the next Abdul Salam or Bill Gates”

    By the way, a ranking in the 100s shows mediocrity not excellence!


  • ArXhaD
    Jun 18, 2013 - 12:59PM

    Your lol describes yours……… english is not the yardstick of being eduacted. am Pakistan born……………… not American dear.


  • Aamir
    Jun 18, 2013 - 4:24PM

    And the biggest one is missing … NED UET … the best one in PK that do not requires any ranking at all ;-)


  • sahil khan
    Jun 18, 2013 - 11:12PM

    Well done Pakistan hope you reach next time to top 100.


  • Rizwan
    Jun 19, 2013 - 2:11AM

    This is amazing yaar. Great simply nothing more than that.


  • Hamza Shahbaz
    Jun 19, 2013 - 2:12AM

    Wow, isn’t it the change?


  • Naushad Shafkat
    Jun 21, 2013 - 12:56AM

    Last 5 years? Now was not the PPP in office during this time? And the media was bashing them all the time. Shame on the media – SHAME!


  • Ch Bilal jatt
    Jul 1, 2013 - 12:07AM

    Its good news,but in our sindh provience sindh agriculture uni tandojam why are in back position, its 99 numbr in pakistan, how we wil improve our uni,Recommend

  • Ch Bilal jatt
    Jul 1, 2013 - 12:19AM

    I think its good , but also badRecommend

  • rana mateen
    Jul 23, 2013 - 11:56AM

    uni of agriculture my university,,,proudly saying i m agrarian


  • fawad asif
    Jul 28, 2013 - 3:50PM

    Feeling proud to hear about such an amazing achievement of Pakistan.


  • Namra Haq
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:18AM

    Yes we need to improve further but we should not make such acerbic comments. After all this is an achievement to be at least on a ranking list. We should be thankful to Almighty ALLAH for this. You should also consider that we have made this accomplishment with very scarce resources.Though some of your points are valid but we should never jeer on ourselves and let others to jeer upon us or our country or our education system. Yes we need to ameliorate and we will INSHALLAH by our diligence and hard work. We will work as a nation and will raise our education standard at par with any developed country of the world. thanks alot


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