6 Pakistani Universities present in top 1000 world Universities

On national level, a total of 183 universities have been officially recognized by Pakistan's Higher Education Commission (HEC) department. A complete list of top ranked Pakistani universities is available on the official website of HEC. Over the years, these Universities have considerably improved the quality of education in Pakistan but on the international note Pakistan is still way behind other countries in the educational sector. Out of all the universities running successfully across Pakistan, only 6 have been able to earn a spot in the list of top 1000 world Universities. In this article,
I will give you a complete list of top 6 Pakistani universities that made it to the list of top 1000 world universities. But before going to the actual list. Let me give you some information about how universities are ranked worldwide. So lets get started:
How universities are ranked worldwide?
There are certain factors that are taken into consideration while compiling the list of top ranked world universities. These factors decide which of the universities are better than the other. Lets talk about some of them before going to the actual list to understand how ranking system actually works. Following is a list of factors that contribute to rank the universities on the international level:
  • Academic peer review: Former graduates and students are asked their opinions about the universities they think are better. Although this factor does not contribute much in rankings, it does play a small role to decide which of the universities should go to the top. 
  • Faculty Students ratio: is the ratio of number of students to total number of teachers. For example, a 20:1 faculty students ratio means that there is only one teacher for each 20 students present. Now this factor is also taken into consideration while making the list of top ranked world universities. A moderate faculty students ratio will strenthen the university's ranking.
  • Employment rate: This factor determines whether the university's graduates are getting good employments or not. A university producing number of graduates that are immediately employed by different companies after graduation definitely enjoys a good rank among the world universities. A good employment rate helps to improve the university's ranking. 
  • Global Influence: Universities having graduates that put great influence on foreign countries through competitions, employments and research tend to move upward in world rankings. Those universities whose students show a good performance on the international level have better chances to rank higher.
Finally after understanding how the rankings work. Lets move to the main list. The following list contains the top 6 Pakistani universities that are present in top 1000 world universities. The list of top 1000 world universities is originally compiled by QS World University Rankings. You can check the full list on their website. Now lets move to the actual list:

Top 6 Pakistani universities present in the list of 1000 world ranked universities:

  1. National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST): |World Ranking: 501-550*; HEC Ranking: 03* | On top of the list is NUST. It is the only Pakistani university to have made it in top 600. Established in 1991, NUST continues to amaze us each year through its high quality education, experienced teaching staff, global achievements, beautiful structure and a guaranteed successful career for its graduates. NUST offers premium and high quality education for its students that make it one of the best engineering institutes present in the world.
  2. Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU): |World Rankings: 651-700*; HEC Ranking: 01*| Second on the list is Quaid-i-Azam University. Established in 1967, it is popularly know as one of the oldest educational institute of Pakistan. Through its grand structure and high quality education, Quaid-i-Azam University continues to attract thousands of students each year. A wide variety of programs are offered at QAU due to which more than 13000 students apply for it each year.
  3. Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS): |World Rankings: 701-750; HEC Ranking: 06 (general category)| Third on the list is LUMS whose rank is very close to that of Quaid-i-Azam university. The speed with which LUMS is improving its educational standards, it looks like that it will surpass its nearest competitor very soon. LUMS enjoys the number one position in Pakistan's top ranked universities in terms of Business & Management. LUMS has produced many successful businessmen in the last decades and it continues to improve its reputation and rank among the world universities.
  4. University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore (UET): |World Ranking: 801-916*; HEC Ranking: 05* (Engineering Category)| UET Lahore is the fourth university that made it to the list of top 1000 world universities. Established in 1921, it has since undergone many changes but the reputation and rank of the university has always been higher. Due to lower academic expenses compared to other universities, thousands of students rush to get admission in UET each year. It is one of the top universities of Pakistan in terms of Engineering and it continues to improve its standard of education each passing year.
  5. University of Karachi (uok): |World Ranking: 804-916*; HEC Ranking: 06*| Established in 1951, University of Karachi is number five on the list. In terms of size, it is the largest university of Pakistan covering almost 1200 acres. Due to wide variety of disciplines taught at uok, more than 23000 students study here annually. It is regarded as the best university in Pakistan in terms of Pharmacy and pharmacology.
  6. The University of Lahore (uol): |World Ranking: 805-916*; HEC Ranking: 01* (w4 category)| Lastly, the university which will be ranked number six in our list is The University of Lahore. Established in 1999, the University rose to a level of excellence among the world universities in 2005-2008. It was ranked among top 500 world universities during this period. But unfortunately it could not constantly compete with the world universities and their high standards of Education, due to which its rank and reputation decreased significantly over time. But up to this day, it is one of the best universities, Pakistan has ever produced.
Note: This list has been compiled based on QS world university rankings website for the year 2017. HEC rankings are based on the year 2015. If there is any problem regarding the rankings, please do let me know. I will update them as soon as possible. Thanks for reading and keep visiting this website for the latest articles on education.

Last updated: 8/3/2017