3 Pakistani Universities Ranked Among Top 500 QS World University 2021 Rankings

7 Pakistani universities have made it into the recently published QS World University Rankings for 2021, with the National University of Sciences And Technology (NUST) Islamabad being the top-ranked Pakistani institute out of 1000 universities from around the world.

NUST Islamabad ranked 355, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) ranked 373, and Quaid-i-Azam University ranked 454, are the only 3 Pakistani universities to appear in the top 500 QS World University Rankings.


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Here is the complete list of Pakistani Universities in QS World University Rankings for 2021.

Sr. NoUniversity NameRank 2021Rank 2020
3Quaid-i-Azam University454511-520
5COMSATS Islamabad801-1000801-1000
6UET Lahore801-1000801-1000
7University of Punjab801-1000801-1000

QS World University Rankings consider the following indicators while compiling rankings each year:

  • Academic reputation
  • Employer reputation
  • Faculty to student ratio
  • International faculty
  • International students
  • Citations per faculty

Just like last year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, and Harvard University have claimed the top 3 spots for 2021 as well.

Here is the list of Top 10 universities in QS World University Rankings for 2021.

Sr. NoUniversity NameRank 2021Rank 2020
1Massachusetts Institute of Technology11
2Stanford University22
3Harvard University33
4California Institute of Technology45
5University of Oxford54
6ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology66
7University of Cambridge77
8Imperial College London89
9University of Chicago910
10University College London108

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