Only four Pakistani universities ranked in Times Higher Education World University Ranking Top 1000
Only 4 Pakistani Universities were able to make it to the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings Top 1000 in the year 2016-2017. Qauid-e-Azam University was the only Pakistani university that made to the top 500.
This came as a shock to the concerned authorities as seven Pakistani universities were listed in the top 1000 in 2015-2016 (13th edition of THE) rankings.
Bisouv’s Top 10 Universities of Pakistan
Bisouv, in association with House of Entremuse, processed 121 HEC recognized Pakistani universities that meet the following selection criteria:
- Being accredited, licensed and/or chartered by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.
- Offering at least three-year undergraduate degrees and/or postgraduate degrees.
- Delivering courses predominantly in a traditional face-to-face, non-distance education format.
Bisouv’s Top 10 Universities Rankings aim is to provide a non-academic League Table of the top 10 universities in Pakistan on unbiased and valid web metrics.
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10 – Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
BISOUV SCORE: 42
Founded as University of Islamabad in 1967, it was initially dedicated to the study of postgraduate education, but expanded through the reign of former dictator Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq to an interdisciplinary university offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
Qauid-i-Azam University (QAU) has become the the largest varsity in the capital city Islamabad with a total enrollment exceeding 13 000 students (2015 data.) The beautiful 1700 acres campus is situated on the foothills of Margalla Hills and is one of Pakistan’s largest public universities.
The University is divided into four faculties and nine affiliated research institutes.
QAU is one of Pakistan’s highest rated universities. It has been consistently ranked among the top 700 varsities in the world by the QS World University Rankings while local publications ranked QAU among the top 120 universities in Asia in 2013. Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked QAU between 501-600 globally and among the top 120 in Asia in 2014.
9 – Bahria University, Islamabad
BISOUV SCORE: 46
Established by the Pakistan Navy in 2000, Bahria University (BU) is a semi-government university situated in the heart of Islamabad. It offers degrees in undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral studies. BU’s research programs are directed towards the development of engineering, philosophy, natural sciences, social sciences, and medical sciences. Majors include Maritime Studies, Psychology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Law (British,) Social Sciences, Management Sciences, Computer Sciences, Engineering Sciences, and Health Sciences.
The university is one of the top institution of higher learning in the country and secured 23rd in among country’s top thirty and most notable universities in General category by the HEC in 2016. The University is a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities of the United Kingdom.
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8 – University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
BISOUV SCORE: 58
Founded as Punjab Agricultural College and Research Institute in 1906, it was the first major educational institution in undivided Punjab after Aitchison College, Lahore.
It was ranked fourth in the general category and first in the agriculture and veterinary sciences category by HEC in 2016. Internationally, it was ranked among the top 800 universities by QS World University Ranking in 2015.
Its high employability rate has made this institution highly reputable. The university also came among top 5 institutions of Pakistan in research power.
7 – Air University, Islamabad
BISOUV SCORE: 59
Established by the Pakistan Air Force in 2002, Air University is a semi-government university under Pakistan Air Force’s education command. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral studies and places great emphasis on engineering, business management, and social sciences. The university inaugurated its medical school in 2016.
Air University is ranked among Pakistan’s top ten engineering and technology universities by the HEC. It is affiliated with Pakistan Engineering Council as well. The university is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities of the United Kingdom.
6 – Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi
BISOUV SCORE: 60
Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIK) is a private university in Topi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. GIK 400-acre campus has eight academic faculties focused mainly on sciences and engineering.
Founded by former President Ghulam Ishaq Khan in 1993, the university attracted great minds like Abdul Qadeer Khan, Shaukat Hameed Khan, and Asghar Qadir all of whom played a vital role in transforming the newly established university into one of Asia’s finest.
HEC ranks GIK among the top universities in Pakistan.
It’s worth mentioning that the university has a famous but healthy longstanding competition going on with the Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applies Sciences (PIEAS) ever since it was established.
5 – University of the Punjab, Lahore
BISOUV SCORE: 61
University of the Punjab is the oldest public university in Pakistan. It was only the fourth university to be established under the British Raj in the Indian subcontinent; the first three universities were established in other parts of British India.
University of the Punjab is one of the largest varsities in Pakistan with over 30 000 students (2016 data.) It has a total of 13 faculties within which there are 63 academic departments, research centers, and institutes. There are two Novel Laureates among the university’s alumni and former staff.
HEC ranked University of the Punjab first among large-sized multiple faculty universities in 2012. It was also ranked among top 800 world universities by QS World University Rankings in 2015.
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4 – CMH Lahore Medical and Dental College, Lahore
BISOUV SCORE: 65
CMH Lahore Medical College and Institute of Dentistry (CMH) was inaugurated by the former dictator General Pervez Musharraf in 2006.
The college is affiliated with National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) and is recognized by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. CMH is also included in AVICENNA Directory for medicine and International Medical Education Directory of FAIMER and ECFMG.
The college is under the administration of Pakistan Army.
Facilities include CMH Hospital, a 1000-bed Class A Hospital under the Pakistan Army, Army Cardiac Center, and Institute of Dentistry (IOD) Dental Clinics for General Public.
=3 – Institute of Business Administration, Karachi
BISOUV SCORE: 69
Institute of Business Administration (IBA) was established as a business school by the government of Pakistan in 1955 with the help of USAID, Wharton School, and the University of Southern California. Many prominent American professors worked to develop the curriculum of the newly established school. In 1982, it became the first Pakistani institute to offer a four-year liberal arts undergraduate degree. In 2003, IBA was expanded from a purely graduate business school to an interdisciplinary university offering undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degrees.
With a 75 000 sq. ft campus and student body of over 6 000, IBA is highly ranked by local and international educationalists. It is one of Pakistan’s most selective and highest ranked business school. It has collaborations with 15 institutions worldwide including Northwestern University, S.P. Jain Institute, Indian School of Business, and Babson College. IBA is also only one of two business schools in Pakistan to be certified by the South Asian Quality Assurance System
Its alumni include the incumbent President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain, former Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz, renowned economist Muhammad Uzair, former MNA Asad Umar, and business leader Quentin D’Silva.
=3 – Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore
BISOUV SCORE: 69
Founded by the patronage of the business-industrial community spearheaded by Syed Aarim in 1984, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) is one of the top universities in Asia. It was established as a graduate business school after taking in consideration special advice from Harvard Business School and a $10 million grant from USAID. It launched a liberal arts undergraduate school in 1994, a law (British law) school in 2004, an engineering school in 2008, and an education school in 2017.
LUMS has a 100 acres campus, a student body of over 4 000, and a faculty of 248 (three quarters of whom have doctoral degree(s).) Its business school is accredited by AACSB. It is only one of two business schools in Pakistan to be certified by the South Asian Quality Assurance System and is ranked as one of the top business schools in the country. The university is also a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities.
LUMS is ranked as the top varsity in Pakistan in the QS University Rankings for the year 2016, 111th in Asia, and among the top 700 in the world. It is also ranked byQS University Rankings as among the top 300 universities globally in business studies and among the top 400 universities globally in mathematics. Following a liberal arts curriculum, LUMS is one of Pakistan’s most expensive, selective, and progressive universities. LUMS counts several prominent Pakistani intellectuals and public figures among its alumni and current and former faculty including Umar Saif, Hina Rabbani Khar, Adil Najam, Arif Zaman, Amer Iqbal, Ayesha Jalal, Asad Abidi, Osama Siddique, and Pervez Hoodbhoy.
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2 – National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad
BISOUV SCORE: 70
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.
As of 2016, NUST has over 15,000 full-time students enrolled and over 20 departments with over 1,280 academic faculty staff.
It is ranked by QS World Rankings as among the leading 50 universities under the age of 50, and is ranked by QS World Rankings among top 500 universities in the world. It is also ranked by QS World Rankings among top 300 in the world in Electring Engineering. The Times Higher Education Rankings ranks NUST among the top 100 universities from Emerging Economies, among top 120 in Asia, and among top 250 globally in the field of Electric Engineering. In 2016, it was ranked among the next 50 leading young universities globally by Times.
NUST is a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities, United Nations Academic Impact, and Talloires Network.
1 – Aga Khan University, Karachi
BISOUV SCORE: 72
Founded in 1983 by the Prince Aga Khan IV through the Aga Khan Development Network, Aga Khan University (AKU) is Pakistan’s top university in Bisouv’s opinion.
The university’s 65-acre campus includes a medical college and a teaching hospital. The university established the Institute for Educational Development of Pakistan in 1993, a teaching hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2004, and a teaching hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 2016. The university also established a campus in London dedicated to the study of Near East in 2004 and launched an examination board in 2003.
In 2015, the university established the Institute for Human Development funded by the CIDA and in 2016, the university launched Graduate School of Media and Communications and 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 university’s campus in Karachi is ranked among the top 185 universities in Asia and among the top 300 in the world in medicine by Quacquarelli Symonds. HEC ranks the university as the top medical school in Pakistan.
The university also runs 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 over 1.75 million patients.
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