This article presents an overview of university rankings in Pakistan. Within Pakistan, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) provides official rankings of higher education institutions (HEIs) nationally, based on a multitude of criteria. There are also various magazines, newspapers and international agencies/standards which provide rankings and analysis.
Here we upload list of top 10 universities according to stats of 2014-15.
1) Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad
The Quaid–i–Azam University is a public research university located in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Founded as the University of Islamabad in 1967, it was initially dedicated to the study of postgraduate education but expanded through the 1980s to an interdisciplinarity university offering both under and post graduate education. The university has, as of 2015, grown into the largest varsity in Islamabad with a total enrollment excedding 13,000 students. The university is located on a 1700 acres (or 6.9 km²) campus on the foothills of the Margalla.
Divided into four faculties and nine affiliated research institutes, QAU is among Pakistan’s largest and highest ranked public universities. Globally, it is has been consistently ranked among the top 700 varisity’s in the world by the QS World University Rankings while its regional publications ranked QAU among 120 in Asia in 2013. While the Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked it between 501-600 globally and top 120 in Asia in 2014.
2) University of the Punjab, Lahore
The University of the Punjab or Punjab University, is a public research university located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.
It is the oldest public university in Pakistan. With multiple campuses in Gujranwala, Jhelum, and Khanspur, the university was formally established by the British Government after convening the first meeting for establishing higher education institutions in October 1882 at Simla. The Punjab University was the fourth university to be established by the British colonial authorities in the indian subcontinent; the first three universities were established in other parts of British India.
Approximately 30,000 enrolled students are currently attending the university, the PU has total of 13 faculties within which there are 63 academic departments, research centers, and institutes. The Punjab University has ranked first amongst large-sized multiple faculty universities by the HEC in 2012. There are also two Nobel Laureates amongst the university’s alumni and former staff. Additionally, the university is also a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities of the United Kingdom.
3) National University of Science & Technology (NUST)
National University of Sciences and Technology, commonly referred to as NUST, is a public research university with main campus in Islamabad, Pakistan and other subsidiary campuses in different cities of Pakistan. Established in March 1991 primarily for the promotion of STEM subjects, it has since then expanded through establishing a more comprehensive curriculum consisting of economics, finance, management and social sciences degrees. The university is also home to an under-construction IASP certified National Science & Technology Park.
NUST was established in 1991 by merging military and civil educational resources. After its development, existing military schools and colleges became constituent colleges of NUST. The first college to be affiliated with NUST was MCS in 1991. In 1993, the university was granted a charter and CEME and MCE became part of the university. In December 1994 and November 1995, CAE and PNEC became constituents of NUST respectively. All the constituent colleges were upgraded, in September 1997 MS program was started at CAE, in 1998, MS program was started at PNEC and in the same year Bachelor of Dental Surgery was started at AMC. In 1999, CEME and CAE attained ISO 9001 Certification, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (SEECS) was launched in Islamabad, and NUST Business School (then known as NIMS) was established. School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (SMME) offers degrees in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering and is one of the most competitive engineering schools of Pakistan.
As of 2016, NUST has over 15,000 full-time students enrolled, over 20 departments with over 1,280 academic faculty staff. It is ranked by QS World Ranking’s as among the leading 50 universities under the age of 50, and is ranked by QS as among top 500 universities in the world. It is also ranked by QS as among top 300 in world in Electrical Engineering. While Times Higher Education Ranking’s rank’s NUST as among the top 100 universities from BRICS and Emerging Economies, as among top 120 in Asia, and among top 250 globally in the field of Electrical Engineering. In 2016, it was also ranked as among the next 50 leading young universities globally by Time’s. NUST is a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities, United Nations Academic Impact and Talloires Network.
4) University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
The University of Agriculture is a public research university in Faisalabad, Pakistan,The University of Faisalabad is ranked 4th in Pakistan and 1st in the field of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences by HEC University Ranking 2015. It also ranked among top 800 world universities by QS World University Rankings 2014.
The employability ranking by Pakistan also made this institution highly reputable. The university came among top 5 institutions of Pakistan in terms of research power.
5) Aga Khan University
The Aga Khan University is an independent research university with its primary campus in Karachi, Pakistan, with additional campuses and training programmes in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom and Afghanistan.
Founded in 1983 by the Prince Aga Khan IV through the Aga Khan Development Network. The university launched a medical college and a teaching hospital on a 65-acre site in Karachi. The university over the years expanded, in 2004 established a teaching hospital in Nairobi and in 2016 another one in Dar es Salaam. In 2002, the university established a campus in London dedicated to the study of the Near East and in 2003 launched an examination board.
In 2015, the university established the Institute for Human Development funded by the CIDA, and in 2016, the university launched the Graduate School of Media and Communications. In 2016, the university launched the East African Institute. The university’s clinical laboratories in Karachi are the only in Pakistan to be accredited by the College of American Pathologists.
The universities campus in Karachi is ranked among the top 185 universities in Asia and among the top 300 in the world for medicine by Quacquarelli Symonds. The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan ranks the university as the top medical school in Pakistan. The university runs one of the world’s largest networks of Joint Commission accredited teaching hospitals, with 14 hospitals in Pakistan, East Africa and Afghanistan, in 2016, these hospitals treated 1.75 million patients.
6) COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, also known as CIIT, is a public research university in Pakistan. It is a multi-campus institute with its headquarters located in the urban area of Islamabad. Established by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South which was established in Islamabad on 4 & 5 October 1994, the commission as of 2015 has 23 member state. The CIIT was established in 1998 with charter in August 2000.
CIIT was ranked among top 250 Asian Universities by QS University Rankings in 2014 and nationally it is ranked top in Computer Sciences & IT category and 1st overall in the country according to NatureIndex. It has three stars in QS Rankings. It is also a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities It main campus located in Chak Shahzad, Islamabad has over 5,000 students and 30,000 more students in its 6 satellite campuses. Its student body also includes international students from 9 Countries. CIIT has 18 Departments which combined offer 96 degree programs and has since inception produced 850 PhDs.
7) Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad
Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), is a public research university focused on the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics located in the Islamabad, Pakistan.
Founded in 1967 as Reactor School in response to increasing industrialisation of Pakistan, the institute started its educational activities with the affiliation of Quaid-e-Azam University, and later became Centre for Nuclear Studies (CNS) in 1976; the institute gained its new name and became independent in 1997. PIEAS is based on a 150 acres (0.61 km2; 0.23 sq mi) campus and has around 135 full-time faculty members.
PIEAS has strong collaboration with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. As of 2016, national ranking’s rate PIEAS is as the 4th leading university in Pakistan, while QS Asia University Rankings ranked it as 106th in Asia in 2014, 115th in 2015 and 149th in 2016.
8) University of Karachi
With a student body of 24,000 full-time students and a campus size spanning over 1200 acres, Karachi University is Pakistan’s largest university with a distinguished reputation for multi-disciplinary research in science and technology, medical research, and social sciences. The university spans over 53 Departments and 19 world-class research institutes operating under nine faculties. There are over 800 academic’s and more than 2500 supporting staff working for the university.
In 2009, the university was named by now defunct THE-QS World University Rankings for the top 500 universities in the world, while it is ranked by QS ranking’s in 2016 as among to the top 250 in Asia and among 701st in the world, the research at the university is ranked as ‘high’. The university has been affiliated with world-renowned and notable scholars have been associated and affiliated with the university as faculty, researchers, or alumni since its establishment.
The university is a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities of the United Kingdom.
9) University of Health Sciences, Lahore
University of Health Sciences Lahore is a medical University Located at Lahore. It is internationally recognized student centered research university with a mission of improvement of Health Care delivery to the populace.
The university regulates and coordinates the activities of medical education, training & research institutions throughout the province of Punjab. It is also the provincial authority of Punjab which conducts Medical College Admission Test Pakistan (MCAT) every year.
10) University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Lahore
The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, is a public research university located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It has additional teaching campuses in rural areas of Punjab, Pattoki and Jhang.
Established in 1882, it is one of the oldest institution of veterinary sciences and microbiology in Asia and is one of the institution founded by the Great Britain. Since its inception, it maintained its reoccupation as one of the famous and renown institution Veterinary and animal sciences, and conducts wide range of research in microbiology and development of human resources. It was also affiliated with University Of Agriculture,Faisalabad for some years and then become a distinct entity. The university offers undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctoral programes in diverse fields of animals health, food irradiation, security and safety. The university maintains its highest ranks and regarded as one of the top university in “agriculture” category by the HEC, as of 2010. ‘New Campus/ Ravi Campus Pattoki’ In June 2002 on the up gradation of the college of veterinary sciences to the status of the University, Punjab Government allotted about 1000 Acres at Pattoki for the establishment of the sub campus for the education and research work activities. This is named as Ravi Campus, Pattoki. Following degree programs are being offered at this campus:- Under Graduate Programs BS (Hons) Dairy Technology BS (Hons) Poultry Sciences BS (Hons) Fisheries & Aquaculture/ Applied Zoology Post Graduate Programs M.Phil Dairy Technology & Animal Nutrition Ph.D Live stock Management Fiseries & Aquaculture Poultry Sciences Animal Breeding and Genetics Diplomas Live Stock Assistant Diploma (2 year Morning & Evening Program) Poultry Assistant Diploma (2 year Program) Aim/Vision/Objectives To impart quality education with rich opportunities of Hands on Training & research. Development of about 1000 acres of land taken over from Government of Punjab. Preparation of land for cultivation of fodder for experimental animals Production of fodder for University farms (Dairy & Small Ruminants) Sowing of fodder cash crops etc. for income generation.