Two Pakistani universities make it to Asia’s top 100, 23 are in top 500

By Muneeb Ahmad on
October 25, 2018
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The new edition of QS World University Ranking for Asia is out and two of the Pakistani universities have made it to the top 100 this time.

Two of the Pakistani universities made it to Asia’s top 100 universities while as many as 23 universities in the top 500, the next version of the widely-renowned Quacquarelli Symonds quotes. Last year, the same number was somewhere around 16 but this year it grew by a considerable margin as new universities kept increasing their competitiveness.

This is the first time any of the Pakistani universities have made it to the top 100. The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), a university which was last year ranked at 112, has now improved its position considerably rising to the 87th spot. The second university to be included in the top 100 list this time is the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) which improved its ranking from 103 to 95.

As far as the universities in the best of Asia list are concerned, about 21 other Pakistani universities were ranked in the top 500. The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) was ranked at 109, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) was ranked at 135, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) ranked 146 and the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore was ranked 171.

Given below is the list of 23 universities making their mark in the top 500 category.

  1. National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), 87th
  2. Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), 95th
  3. Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), 109
  4. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), 135th
  5. Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), 146th
  6. University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore, 171st
  7. University of the Punjab (PU), 193rd
  8. Agha Khan University (AKU), 195th
  9. University of Karachi, 251 – 260
  10. University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, 281 – 290
  11. Bahria University, Islamabad, 351 – 400
  12. GC University, Lahore (GCU), 351 – 400
  13. Institute of Space Technology (IST), 351 – 400
  14. International Islamic University (IIU), 351 – 400
  15. NED University of Engineering and Technology (NED UET), 351 – 400
  16. Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), 400 – 450
  17. The University of Lahore, 400 – 450
  18. University of Sargodha, 400 – 450
  19. University of Sindh, 400 – 450
  20. University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore, 400 – 450
  21. Lahore College for Women University, 450 – 500
  22. University of Central Punjab (UCP), 450 – 500
  23. University of Management and Technology (UMT), 450 – 500

The complete list can be viewed at the official QS site from here. It must be noted here that QS ranks universities on the basis of academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty staff with Ph.D., citations per paper and international faculty.

Featured image shot by Orientation NUST Team 2017, edited by Muneeb.

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