No Institute from Pakistan in Top 100 Asian University Rankings

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) conducted the largest ever analysis and ranking of universities in Asia which included the top universities in Asia. Out of the several hundred universities in Pakistan, just ten made it into the rankings of top Asian universities with none breaking the top 100.

These findings offer more insight into the woefully inadequate level of higher education in Pakistan presently.

QS takes a look at global education trends. It releases its findings after taking into account various factors that impact the quality of education offered in universities worldwide. Their recent rankings take a look at the top 350 universities from Asia.

Rankings of Pakistani Universities in Order

These are the Pakistani universities that made it to the top 350 rankings from QS:

  • Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) at 111th place
  • National University of Science in Technology (NUST) at 112th place
  • Quaid-e-Azam University at 149th place
  • Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) at 149th place
  • Aga Khan University at 183rd place
  • University of Karachi in 201st210th range
  • University of Punjab in 221st230th range
  • COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in 231st240th range
  • University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore at 241st250th range
  • University of Agriculture, Faisalabad at 301st350th range

How Do Pakistani Universities Fare?

LUMS was ranked the best university in Pakistan, after a 50 place jump from last year’s rankings. It surpassed 4 other Pakistani universities this time. According to QS, it is now ranked 111th in Asia overall.

NUST in Islamabad is ranked as the second best university in Pakistan which jumped from 116th place last year to 112th place this year.

Quaid-e-Azam University however went down from 116th to 149th place and is now the third highest ranked university in Pakistan.

The QS rankings have expanded to include 350 of the best universities in Asia, up from 300 last year. Their evaluation techniques have also seen some changes, including consideration of staff with PhD’s in the teaching quality analysis.

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  • shahzad

    HAHAHA even HEC NO 1 Ranking Iqra university is not in the list.

    • shujaswati

      iqra on no.1? lolz enough internet for today

  • Hassan Salman Dita

    What is the basis of Pakistan University ranking is still unknown… LUMS NUST, GIK should be the top ranked universities… but… Corruption Rocks.. Money Talks

    • Seriously? You think a highly reputed and efficient company like QS would publish their survey results based on corruption? Ridiculous. It simply states true facts.

  • Bilal Iqbal

    and there are not enough programs at Masters and PHd level still like I am looking for Masters in Information Systems and there is nothing like this any where… similarly Masters of Technology Electrical is also not available. and the level of research is the main difference between top class international universities and ours… govt. should spend more on Research because alone universities and students can’t afford quality research by their own..

  • rizwan

    OH God Iqra University ranked below LUMS its like ranking Harvard against Superior college