Top 6 universities in Pakistan

Is it that time of the year again, when students must choose a university for their further education? Choosing universities for higher education has always been a difficult task as there are so many options but students get confused as to which university falls in the best category. But don’t worry, we have got your back. In this article, we have listed 6 of the top best universities in Pakistan for you.

1. National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)

National University of Sciences and Technology also known as NUST, was established in 1991 and since then it has been ranked among the top emerging universities of Pakistan. It is in the capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad. The university offers graduate and undergraduate degrees which also include professional and doctoral degrees. NUST entry test is extremely difficult, and the competition is also very high as students from all over Pakistan apply here. The acceptance rate at NUST is 4%.

2. University of the Punjab (PU)

University of the Punjab was established in 1882 in Lahore, it is the largest and oldest university in Pakistan. The university has over 5 campuses, 13 faculties, over 83 departments and research centers. Punjab university is also a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities of the United Kingdom. They offer a vast variety of programs for their students that include Law, Commerce, Arts and Humanities, Islamic studies, Engineering and Technology, Economics and Management Sciences etc. It is the most selective institution with an acceptance rate of 20%.

3. University of Engineering and Technology (UET)

University of Engineering and Technology also known as UET, was established in 1921, it is one of the oldest engineering universities of Pakistan. It is situated in Lahore. The student population at UET is over 11,000 across undergraduate and master’s disciplines. UET offers a variety of 92 STEM courses within the facilities of civil engineering, architecture, business planning, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and the list goes on. UET is also linked to 42 international institutes including a few universities in the UK which include: University of Manchester and Queen Mary University.

4. COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI)

COMSATS University Islamabad, also known as COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) is a public university which was established in 1998. When this university was established, it was the first exclusive institute of Information Technology. Comsats is a multi-campus university, the main campus is in Islamabad, but the sub-campuses are found in Lahore, Sahiwal, Abbottabad and Attock. The institute offers various undergraduate programs such as Business Administration, Accounting and Finance, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Geology, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Electrical Engineering and much more.

5. Aga Khan University (AKU)

Aga Khan University is one of the most prestigious universities, it was founded in 1983. In 2000, the university expanded its operations to Afghanistan, Kenya, Uganda and the United Kingdom. Aga Khan University is one of the largest private health-care providers in Pakistan as well as East Africa. The university in Karachi, Pakistan, is an 84-acre campus which also includes a hospital and hostels for their students. Aga Khan University provides all kinds of facilities for its students, they have a huge sports center, cricket and football grounds with an indoor gymnasium, squash courts and much more. The acceptance rate at Aga Khan is 80%.

6. University of Management and Technology (UMT)

University of Management and Technology (UMT) is a private university located in Lahore, it was established in 1990 and recognized by HEC, the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. UMT comes in the W4 category of HEC which is the highest attainable HEC ranking for Pakistani universities. UMT offers more than 100+ bachelor’s, doctoral and master’s degrees. They have a diverse range of programs and fields which include media and communication, textile design, banking, computer science, aviation, management, technology, liberal arts, engineering etc. Their acceptance rate is 100%.

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IBA and AKU collaborate to facilitate research opportunities

The Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi and Department of Medicine of the Aga Khan University (AKU) Karachi signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide a fully funded, research training opportunities in Data Science and Non-communicable diseases to four candidates.

The MoU signing ceremony was held at AKU and Dr. S Akbar Zaidi, Executive Director, IBA; and Sulaiman Shahbuddin, President, AKU, graced the event as chief guests.

Dr. Shakeel Khoja, Dean School of Mathematics and Computer Science, IBA and Dr. Adil Haider, Dean Medical College, AKU signed the agreement on behalf of their respective institutions. The collaboration aims to enable and support aspirational Data Science students interested in the research of NCDs. Selected students will be fully funded for their Master’s in Data Science from SMCS, IBA, and will be provided with the opportunity to work as a paid Research Instructor for two years at the Department of Medicine, AKU. Furthermore, the program includes mentorship by IBA, AKU and Duke University Faculty.

The IBA team included Dr. Tariq Mahmood, Professor and Program Coordinator, MS Computer Science and MS Data science programs; Dr. Shahid Hussain, Chairperson, Computer Science department; and Dr. Sajjad Haider, Professor, Computer Science department. AKU was represented by Dr. Zainab Samad, Ibn-e-Sina Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine and Director, CITRIC Health Data Science Centre; Dr. Adil Haider, Dean Medical College, and other faculty members.

The event commenced with opening remarks by Dr. Zainab Samad and Dr. Gerald Bloomfield, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and Global Health Institute, Duke University.

A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Sarmad ensued and included the following speakers: Dr. Sajjad Haider, Professor, Computer Science Department, IBA; Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, AKU; Dr. John Bartlett, Professor of Medicine, Global Health and Nursing, Duke University; Dr. Ayeesha Kamal, Professor of Neurology, AKU and Dr. Aysha Almas, Associate Professor of Medicine, AKU.

Dr. Haider elaborated that the collaboration would enable academics from AKU and IBA to investigate the applications of existing machine learning algorithms for healthcare problems such as patient stay prediction, the possibility of readmission, and early warning systems to predict patient risk at an early stage. Additionally, the joint effort would also focus on the application of computer vision techniques on medical images and text analytics techniques on clinical notes and radiologist reports. This collaboration would also provide an avenue to develop novel methods for explainable Artificial Intelligence in the health domain.

Addressing the audience Dr. Zaidi commended AKU for organizing an excellent event and for playing an integral role in this collaboration between IBA, AKU and Duke University to train researchers who can understand and contribute towards suggesting and developing low-cost solutions to NCDs. He also said that IBA and AKU collaboration will bring great research opportunities for his colleagues.

Sharing his views, Dr. Khoja said that “This is a unique academic partnership in Pakistan between the IBA and AKU, where academics will work in their own domains to carry out research in order to solve local problems and challenges.”

Expressing his appreciation, Mr. Shahbuddin thanked Dr. Zaidi for gracing the event with his presence. Furthermore, he said that as a proud IBA alumnus, he was delighted at this collaboration between the two finest institutes, the AKU and the IBA, which have come together to deliver this project on Data Science and building capacities for research in NCDs in Pakistan.

Speaking about the Program structure, Dr. Tariq Mahmood said, “The exact method through which this program will be executed is through first identifying the NCD health indicators. Then we are going to create problem statements and research questions pertaining to the improvement of these health indicators. We will then convert these problems to formal projects to be executed in the MSDS program as MS theses, MS projects or course projects. Furthermore, we will strive for maximum performance through aggressive hands-on activities in data science skills.”

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AKU Ranked Among The Top 100 Universities of The World

The Aga Khan University (AKU) has been ranked among the top 100 universities of the world for clinical medicine and also among the top 200 varsities of the world for public health by the newest ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019. The list was compiled by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, according to an official statement released by AKU on Sunday.