The Times Higher Education list of the latest Asia University Rankings 2017 includes seven Pakistani institutions in the top 300, up from only two institutions in 2016.
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In 2016, only Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) and National University of Science and Technology (NUST) made it to the list of Asia University Rankings. This year, Pakistan has tripled its representation in the list of Asia’s best universities, with seven Pakistani institutions in the top 300. Because of increased competition, many new institutions have entered Asia’s rankings which now includes 300 universities, up from 200 last year.
It is to be noted that both universities of Pakistan from 2016 rankings have dropped from their positions. QAU has slipped from 101-110 to 121-130, while NUST has dropped from 121-130 to 151-160. Their decline is due to other leading Asian universities improving at a faster rate. Phil Baty, the editor of Times Higher Education rankings, said,
“It is fantastic news that Pakistan has more than tripled its representation in this year’s list of Asia’s best universities, taking seven places, up from two last year. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology is the only new entry to make the top 200 (in the 141-150 band).”
Talking about the enrollment in higher education, he said, “Higher education enrolment in Pakistan has increased significantly (from 280,000 students in 2002 to 1.3 million today), and 47 percent of these are women (compared to 36 percent 10 years ago), according to data from the World Bank. But, only around 10 percent of the country’s university-age population go to university, which is much lower than the equivalent figures in India and Sri Lanka. Despite this, reforms have made the establishment of universities much easier, resulting in a trebling in the number of higher education institutions since 2000. And the country’s Vision 2025 commits to increasing the proportion of its young people enrolled in higher education in the next decade and doubling the number of doctoral students to 15,000.”
Singapore’s National University and China’s Peking University have been ranked first and second respectively. In South Asia region, India took 33 places in the tables this year, more than double its representation a year ago.
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