6 Pakistani universities have featured on the 13th Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings for 2016-2017.

NUST has remained the highest ranking institute of Pakistan, still in the 501-550 band. Lahore University of Management Sciences and Quaid-I-Azam University (QAU) are at the 2nd and 3rd position, respectively. There are three relatively new educational institutes of Pakistan that made it to the list of top 700 institutes; i.e. Karachi University (KU), the University of Lahore and the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore.

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) remains the best university in the world for the 5th consecutive year. The rankings this year have stretched from 800 universities to 916.


1. National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)- Islamabad

The National University of Sciences and Technology, commonly known as NUST holds the same position as it did last year, ranking at 501. The main campus is situated in Islamabad whereas branches of the university are spread in several cities across Pakistan.


2. Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)- Lahore

LUMS continued to maintain its ranking in the 701+ band. LUMS is an independent university founded in 1984. In 1994 it inaugurated an undergraduate school, and in 2008 it launched an engineering school. As of 2016, it facilitates over 3,500 graduate and undergraduate students and a staff of 200.


3. Quaid-I-Azam University (QAU)- Islamabad

In 2015, Quaid-I-Azam University ranked at 651. According to QS World University Ranking 2016, it lies between at the 701+ band.


6 Pakistani Universities in World University Ranking List 2015-16

4. University of Engineering & Technology (UET)- Lahore

UET continues to fall under the 701+ band, which it followed since 2015. UET was established in 1921, it now offers 7 science facilities and 24 research departments.


5. University of Karachi (KU)- Karachi

Also known as Karachi University, KU also falls under the 701+ band. The university was established in 1951 and is one of the oldest universities in the country.


6. University of Lahore (UOL)- Lahore

Commonly known as Lahore Univeristy, like KU, UET, and LUMS, it also follows the last year’s rank of 701+. The university was established in 1999 as a collegiate getting the status of a university in 2002.


Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings

QS rankings help students make comparisons and take important decisions for choosing the right university for further studies. These rankings are based on 6 performance indicators, which is used in 4 research areas: Research, Teaching, Employment, and Internationalization.

Methodology of QS World University Rankings
Indicator Weighting Elaboration
Academic peer review
  • 40%
Based on an internal global academic survey
Faculty/Student ratio
  • 20%
A measurement of teaching commitment
Citations per faculty
  • 20%
A measurement of research impact
Employer reputation
  • 10%
Based on a survey on graduate employers
International student ratio
  • 5%
A measurement of the diversity of the student community
International staff ratio
  • 5%
A measurement of the diversity of the academic staff

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