Quaid e Azam University

According to the latest Times Global Top 500 rankings, Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) is the only Pakistani university that has made it to the list.

The other universities that are in the rankings have reported in the top 1000 category. The report includes close to 1,400 universities from across 92 countries. Among them are 14 Pakistani universities.

QAU is the top-ranked Pakistani university at number 401–500.

Additionally, the list includes:

  • COMSATS University Islamabad (601-800)
  • The University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (801-1000)
  • International Islamic University, Islamabad (801-1000)
  • Lahore University of Management Sciences (801–1000)
  • National University of Sciences and Technology (801–1000)
  • University of Punjab (801–1000)
  • Bahauddin Zakariya University (1001+)
  • University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore (1001+)
  • Government College University, Lahore (1001+)
  • University of Peshawar (1001+)
  • PMAS Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (1001+)
  • University of Sargodha (1001+)
  • The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore (1001+)

While conversing with Dawn, Islamic International University’s communication teacher Hassan Shahzad shared:

It is high time that Pakistani universities take the international rankings seriously. Rankings matter a lot.

The participation in rankings brings a positive competition; it raises participants’ international standing and improves job market for graduates of those universities. And the main contending points in the ranking race are research, teaching, international outlook, industry income and recognition through citations in recognised journals.

Unfortunately, these important areas are not our mind, hence there are no world-class elite institutions in Pakistan. The ranking should be a lesson for our education policymakers.

The University of Oxford in the United Kingdom has been ranking at #1 since 2017 while California Institute of Technology has improved and is now on #2 and the University of Cambridge is on #3.

Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are also among the top five ranked universities.

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