This year four universities from Pakistan are part of Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
While congratulating the universities who were able to be a part of top 1000, we need to inform that Pakistani universities ranking has declined from the previous year. There were seven Pakistani institutions in last year’s rankings but this year there are just four.
Quaid-i-Azam University is the only one out of the four to be in amongst the top 500 universities. QAU has moved from 601-800 band to 401-500 band which is quite an achievement.
Other than this the rest three universities ranked in top 1000 from Pakistan are
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, the National University of Sciences and Technology and the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. The prior two are in 601-800 band while the latter is in 801 + section.
In comparison to the India, Iran, and China, Pakistan result is quite disappointing. 60 universities from China were selected in top 1000 rankings while 30 and 11 were selected from India and Iran respectively.
Phil Baty Times Higher Education Global Rankings Editorial Director felt that less funding is the reason behind low rankings of Pakistani Universities. He felt that investment from China would bring improvement in performance by Pakistani institutions.
He further expressed that “The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor unveiled by Chinese president Xi Jinping in 2013 and now in its first phase of implementation has been touted as a potential way for Pakistan to build the technological capacity of its universities.”
He praised QAU on its improvement in the rankings despite the global competition.
There was concern expressed by evaluation and assessment expert Shagufta Shahzadi on the issue that no names of universities like Aga Khan University, the Lahore University of Management Sciences, National University of Modern Languages, Beaconhouse National University, FAST, Lahore School of Economic and Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology were in the global ranking even though they have excellent job market.