Only seven Pakistani Universities have been included among the best 1,000 higher education institutions in the world, with many of the big names in the Pakistani higher education sector missing in the highly credible and prestigious Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2019.
The annual ranking by the British education specialists is among the few rankings of educational institutions that is looked up to by students, industry and academia alike. This year’s ranking was again dominated by universities in the US and UK, who combined took nine of the top ten places. The top honours went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a record seventh year, making it the longest reign at the top for a university in the ranking’s history.
For Pakistan, there was some good news as three new names made it to the list of top 1,000 universities in the world, however, this was offset by two universities dropping off the very chart. In total, there are seven Pakistani universities named among the best 1,000 in the world for 2019, compared to only six in the 2018 rankings. However, the number still falls much short of 24, which is the number of Indian universities included in the list of best universities. India’s best ranking of 162nd was attained by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB).
The universities that made it into this year’s list were Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), COMSATS Institute of Information Technology and University of the Punjab. Those that were dropped off the list were University of Lahore and Karachi University.
Beating all odds, PIEAS rose straight to the top to become the highest ranked Pakistani university in the QS 2019 ranking, claiming a joint 397th position. It scored high for citations per faculty and faculty/student ratio.
It was followed by NUST that took the 417th position, a slight improvement from its 2018 placement in the 431-440 band. NUST scored well in the academic reputation, employer reputation and faculty/student ratio categories.
Next in the ranking for Pakistan was Quaid-e-Azam University that was placed in the 551-560 band in this year’s ranking. The placing was a major improvement of several bands for QAU, which was placed in the 651-700 band last year. QAU has scored an impressive 64 out 100 in the citations per faculty category. LUMS was placed in the 701-750 band, while COMSATS was next in the 751-800 band.
Both UET Lahore and Punjab University found places in the 801-1000 band. To view the full list of rankings, click here.