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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E Magazine Issue 12 March 2020

Why I love NUST


f all the options I had, I chose to be part of NUST. The university’s effective alumni network, wonderful infrastructure and countless avenues for personality grooming were always a major attraction for me. Some of the features that I love about NUST are its central library, excellently –equipped labs and relaxing cafeterias.



Faizan Azmat

BS Physics

As a student at NUST, you find a place in a beautiful and peaceful educational environment. The massive campus has a good number of departments, catering to diverse educational disciplines. This diversity promotes interaction between students from various departments and promotes learning even outside the classroom. Cleanliness throughout the campus is another appreciable trait of NUST. Along with the good living and studying environment, NUST also provides numerous opportunities in co-curricular activities. Sports are a major happening at the university and sports events continue the whole year, offering a great balance of work and play.


Rana Muhammad Saad Ali

Mechanical Engineering

NUST ranks among the top 400 Asian Universities and is a place where the brightest of minds from across the country and around the world converge. It has a unique academic and social environment that not only turns students into sought after professionals, but also turns them into responsible citizens. 


Iqra Jamal

BS Physics 

I think the reason I have fallen in love with NUST is the sense of freedom and security it gives you. It helps you to grow not only as a professional, but also as an individual. It provides you with the opportunity to widen your skillset, along with becoming a confident and independent individual. NUST had made me a better version of myself. I am and will ever be thankful to it for this! 

Noor ul Huda

BS Physics 


At NUST, I learnt many lessons. Walking from one school to another for a single class taught me persistence. Coming late for classes and being marked absent taught me time management. On the professional side, working with seniors and industry professionals in TIC, I learn the art of networking and communication. What I love most about NUST is its adaptation towards new technologies and innovation. Building the first-of-its-kind National Science and Technology Park in Pakistan, NUST not only invites the best talent from all over Pakistan to set their startups and SMEs at NSTP, it also makes it easy for students to get hands on experience in these tech startups by providing several part/full time opportunities to them


Abdul Haseeb Khan

BS Accounting & Finance

NUST is an institute that almost all Pakistani students aspire to get into. It is an experience that led me to a wonderful world of friendships, lessons, learning and much more. I feel extremely fortunate that I got a great opportunity for learn through my interaction with people from differing backgrounds and excellent academics credentials, besides becoming an overall better individual through my experiences at NUST.


Hamza Ghafoor

BS Physics 

I love NUST because of what it has made me. I have grown as a person and a student ever since I becam a part of this great institute. Each day is full of rich experiences that aid learning. I also love the people I have met at NUST, making some lifelong friends that I can count on every day, any day. 


Fizzah Waris

MS Psychology

I can truly relate with harry potter at this point, especially when he says, “Hogwarts is my home.” I never thought I’d be saying this, but the word that defines NUST for me is definitely “home”. It’s a place that helps you grow as person as well as a professional. Just like you love home but at times feel like stepping out of it, life at NUST has been likewise. Once you are there, you have all these rules, studies and competitions that you really want to run away from. But as soon as you step away from that home, you long to return. That is exactly what the case with NUST has been. What makes NUST special is the comfort you feel get when you return to the campus after a long day at your internship. The warmth of familiar people always lifts your spirits. It has been, and is, a place where you can be yourself, make mistakes and find comfort in the fact that you can always try again. This is what makes NUST so special.


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