Here’s how 6 Pakistani universities ranked worldwide

Published: September 16, 2015

Six Pakistani universities have made it to the top 800 universities in the 2015/16 world rankings published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

Although Pakistani universities made it to the list, they did not fare well, as each of them ranked below 500. The six Pakistani universities that made it to the list are:

1) National University of Sciences And Technology (NUST) Islamabad

NUST ranked 501 in the world, dropping down from 401 in 2012. The university was placed at 251 in rankings by subject and it featured at 398 in rankings by faculty. Further, it was ranked 119 in the Asian University Rankings.


2) Quaid-e-Azam University

Quaid-e-Azam University ranked 651 in the world and it was placed 151 in rankings by subject. In the Asian University Rankings, it was placed at 116.


Read: Quaid-e-Azam University secures top slot in HEC university rankings

3) Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

LUMS ranked 701, dropping down from 601 in 2012. In the Asian University Rankings, it was placed at 161, steadily improving its rankings which were 181 in 2014 and 191 in 2013.


Read: LUMS or IBA

4) University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore

University of Engineering & Technology also ranked 701 in the world. It has remained in that position since 2013, having dropped down from 601 in 2012. In the Asian University Rankings, it made it to 251.


5) University of Karachi

University of Karachi also retained its position at 701 since 2013. In the Asian University Rankings, it made it to 251.


Read: Why Pakistani universities need to offer more than just social sciences and BBA

6) The University of Lahore

The University of Lahore also ranked 701.


Meanwhile, across the border, 14 Indian universities made it to the list, with two being in the top 200 for the first time. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D) ranked 147th and 179th respectively. Further, seven of 14 Indian universities made it to the top 400.

Top 10 universities in the world:

1) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

2) Harvard University

3) University of Cambridge

4) Stanford University

5) California Institute of Technology (CALTECH)

6) University of Oxford

7) University College London UCL

8) Imperial College London

9) Eth Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

10) University of Chicago

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Reader Comments (41)

    Sep 16, 2015 - 2:43PM

    Top 10 universities are all from america and uk..None from germany or australia?Recommend

  • vinsin
    Sep 16, 2015 - 2:53PM

    Across the border – China is also there with 4 in top hundred, 25 in top 500.Recommend

  • Sharath Chandra
    Sep 16, 2015 - 3:00PM

    Kashmir issue needs to be solved first.Recommend

  • Kashif
    Sep 16, 2015 - 3:03PM

    Top 10 seems right. They are mostly ranked based on their current research and development programs. Recommend

  • Point
    Sep 16, 2015 - 3:29PM

    HEC spends million on Professors, who return back to just sit in their office having tea and samosa nd gupshup. The whole leadership of universities doesn’t care about anything. Any R&D project is taking by professors to just earn money out of it. No one takes it seriously,Recommend

  • Zayed Hamied
    Sep 16, 2015 - 3:30PM

    Conspiracy by India/US to undervalue our absolutely efficient universities….India/US still playing cheap games…Recommend

  • Hassan
    Sep 16, 2015 - 4:20PM

    All the universities in top 100 are very mature .Give NUST time, it’s still under development and introducing new faculties each year. Once it’s tully developed and gets more mature it will climb the rankings INSHAALLAH. Rankings see greatly influenced by research work. You cannot expect much research work being published when you introduce a new program every year. The program needs to get mature, and then you can expect the teaching staff and students do some research work
    Give it some time, till NUST is fully developed and you will see it higher in the rankings :) Recommend

  • Hasnain
    Sep 16, 2015 - 4:37PM

    The world’s top 20 unis are almost all from US and UK . Germany has only 2 unis in top 100 , which are TUM and TUB . As for Aussies , there isn’t any reputable university in Australia to make it even to top 50 .Recommend

  • HEC
    Sep 16, 2015 - 5:14PM

    As long as corrupt and incompetent people continue to run, manage and control pakistani universities there is little hope anything will change. Most people who return after doing Phd from good universities abroad are disrespected, abused, maligned and made mockery of by military generals, bureaucrats and there crooks running these universities. Numerous good Phds are forced to work for military organizations and the few that go into universities get little funding if any for doing research. In fact abusers of systems get promoted and glorified in pakistani universities while the good ones are thrown out by corrupt people running these universities. In such situation there is little hope of any good thing to happen in pakistani universities. Express tribune publish this comment if you have courage.Recommend

  • Saqib
    Sep 16, 2015 - 5:16PM

    University of Lahore in top universities doesn’t makes any sense,its a simple private university.Where is historical Government College Lahore?Recommend

  • Hamzah Shahid
    Sep 16, 2015 - 7:09PM

    Where is PIEAS(Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applies Sciences)? It is ranked topmost in Asia among Pakistani universities, being at 115 as of 2015. Recommend

  • SNKN
    Sep 16, 2015 - 7:23PM

    @HEC … you are an Indian troll !!!! Aren’t you?? Your comments do not make any sense. No foreign educated PHd is forced to work for military…. This is your Indian fancyRecommend

  • Jawad U Rahman
    Sep 16, 2015 - 9:08PM

    Something is odd in these rankings. Most current and past ranks are spaced exactly 50 or a 100 apart. 501, 601, 701, 451, 401 etc.
    Other than that, I think it is a fair reflection of the state of affairs of the higher education in the country. Something dramatic and majorly disruptive needs to happen.Recommend

  • HZR
    Sep 16, 2015 - 10:22PM


    Feel happy about China but not Pakistan? amazing patriotismRecommend

  • Ali
    Sep 17, 2015 - 12:14AM

    Most of these ranking are based on research work in post grad and beyond, on the number of international students a universities enroll. So by all standards these Pakistani universities are ranking pretty good.
    But It will take a lot of effort for them to cross the mark of 300.Recommend

  • Brutus
    Sep 17, 2015 - 12:53AM

    So, Pakistan too has Universities!Recommend

  • ASK
    Sep 17, 2015 - 2:01AM

    Re: HZR’s comment: Objectivity (plus facts) versus empty patriotism . . ..Recommend

  • Freeman
    Sep 17, 2015 - 2:09AM

    @Hassan: Personal hardwork, persistence, intelligence, and honesty, NOT God willng, counts.Recommend

  • A Pakistani
    Sep 17, 2015 - 2:44AM

    @Jawad U Rahman:

    ” Something dramatic and majorly disruptive needs to happen.”.

    Sir, it already has.The Sharifs are running the affairs of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Sep 17, 2015 - 3:19AM

    Does this list include Madrassas too?Recommend

  • HEC
    Sep 17, 2015 - 3:34AM

    @SNKN, you have no knowledge. First go and earn a PhD with your hard work from a very good university and then return to Pakistan by then you will know who offers what in this land of pure. Come out of your illusion about Pakistani military organisations. They will make sure you land a job at a place of there will. For clarification I am Pakistani and can say it on there face with proofs and evidence.Recommend

  • ivehadit
    Sep 17, 2015 - 6:59AM

    you have to understand the ranking system. for one, there are hardly any international students in Pakistani universities. That is a big part of the ranking. However, it is disappointing that rankings are falling, not rising. Especially places like LUMS, which rank very high in Pakistani minds.Recommend

  • Anon
    Sep 17, 2015 - 9:16AM

    @Zayed Hamied:
    Grow upRecommend

  • PrasadDeccani
    Sep 17, 2015 - 9:23AM

    @Jawad U Rahman:

    Good point. QS gives individual rank to top 300 universities/institutes. After 300, it gives a kind of batch rank, each batch usually has 50 universities/institutes. For examples, after listing first 300 individual ranks, QS lists next 50 universities/institutes for ranks 301-350 without saying which of them is at 301st rank and which one is at 350th rank. As a result, all those 50 universities/institutes consider themselves being at 301st rank.Recommend

  • Mullah Deewana
    Sep 17, 2015 - 10:43AM

    I noticed one thing, while India has almost all of their top universities named after India e.g.

    Indian Institute of Technology
    Indian Institute of Management
    Indian Institute of Science
    Indian School of Business
    Indian School of Mines
    Indian Institute of Information Technology

    But don’t see any Pakistani university named after Pakistan. Can some body please explain me the reason?Recommend

  • omar
    Sep 17, 2015 - 11:24AM

    @Sharath Chandra:
    In reality, since 1991, during which time India has experienced the highest growth in recent history, there has been no significant reduction in poverty or hunger. Two in every five children remain malnourished. A third of adults have an abnormally low body-mass index. Half of women of childbearing age are anaemic, a proportion far higher than in sub-Saharan Africa. More than 500 million Indians have no electricity, and less than a third have toilets. – Praful Bidwai, The Guardian, 7 February 2012.Recommend

  • Junaid
    Sep 17, 2015 - 11:37AM

    Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design (PIFD)
    Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS)Recommend

  • pak
    Sep 17, 2015 - 11:42AM

    @sharath chandra, NO terrorism should be sort out firstRecommend

  • Awaam Khaas
    Sep 17, 2015 - 4:45PM

    I am all for boasting about Pakistan’s achievement and all but this is not something to be proud of and shouldn’t even make a news item.Recommend

  • Jahalat
    Sep 17, 2015 - 6:34PM

    Blaming everything on the leaders, India or America is not the answer. We seriously need to take a good look at ourselves. Just graduated from the top university of Pakistan listed here, and I feel obliged to tell you that I got completely mugged out of some of the most important courses of my program by criminal teachers who make their living teaching moral and Islamic values rather than teaching their subject. If that’s not a crime, I don’t know what is. This habit of correcting morals on the street needs to be cut down and if everyone could just do their job, we might eventually reach this ‘Potential’ that we like to rave about all time.Recommend

  • Sep 17, 2015 - 7:30PM

    These are highly relevant comments and require serious considerations/course of action based on merits to improve the quality of education and Institutes in pakistan under HEC!! Good luck to rest of universities Regards Dr Mushtaq A Sajid Recommend

  • Sep 17, 2015 - 7:32PM

    These are highly relevant comments and require serious considerations/course of action based on merits to improve the quality of education and Institutes in pakistan under HEC!! Good luck to rest of universities Regards Dr Mushtaq A SajidRecommend

  • Salim Mastan
    Sep 17, 2015 - 8:26PM

    Top universities create rich people, working at Stanford University and living in Silicon Valley for nearly 40 years shows the results.
    For the people to become rich the first step is education. Start 3 shifts in all colleges and specially engineering universities.
    Empty buildings in engineering colleges don’t make nations rich nor the people.Recommend

  • Pukudengutha
    Sep 18, 2015 - 9:05AM

    In mathematics for any value you need a reference point. Pakistan’s happiness and sorrow are dependent on a reference point called India. You do not know whether you are happy or unhappy, until you compare yourself with India. You will be happy to get poked in one eye as long as India is going to be poked in both eyes. I am glad we provide meaning to your life. Long live Kashmir dispute. Or, even better, Kashmir dispute live for ever.Recommend

  • Gp65
    Sep 18, 2015 - 9:33AM

    @omar: 400 million Indians did not have electricity as per 2001 census and that number reduced to 300 million by 2011 census. In 2005-06 48% children were stunted and the number dropped to 39% in 2014. The child mortality rate was 126 per 1000. in 1991 and has dropped to 49 per thousand in 2013. Maternal mortality rate has dropped from 560 per lakh in 1991 to 168 per lakh in 2013. Literacy rate was52% in 1991 census and 74% in 2011 census.
    There is still a long way to go no doubt but direction is clearly in the right direction. To say there has been no socioeconomic progress since Indian economy took off is not factually correct.Recommend

  • Adnan Khan
    Sep 18, 2015 - 8:39PM

    Yes Europe has long had centralized control over its universities. Much like they do over their schools. What works for schools doesn’t necessarily work for universities. That and state protection means no pressure to compute.

    Anglophone universities are very diverse and competitiveRecommend

    Sep 19, 2015 - 12:02AM

    i know only one university of Lasbela [LUAWMS]Recommend

  • Jamil M Chaudri
    Oct 9, 2015 - 3:45AM

    @Sharath Chandra:
    You are right. Report it to the Indian Prime Minister.Recommend

  • Jamil M Chaudri
    Oct 9, 2015 - 3:51AM

    These are among the MADRASSA for Higher Education.Recommend

  • Tribune
    Oct 15, 2015 - 12:45PM

    UNSW (University of New South Wales) in Australia is ranked 46th in the world. Do your research before you comment.


  • Nehal
    Nov 2, 2015 - 12:18PM

    You’ve missed put the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. It has placed in the QS rankings for 3 consecutive years now in the top 100 in Agriculutre. It is also placed in the top 200 for AsiaRecommend

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