According to the QS World University Rankings, Pakistan’s sixteen universities made it to the list of four hundred and twenty-six universities of Asia. It is indeed a proud moment for all Pakistanis.

QS or Quacquarelli Symonds annually publishes the ranking of universities across the world. The QS ranking is made of global overall and subject rankings that means it ranks the top universities of the world for various forty-six subjects and five merged faculty areas. It is the only ranking to attain the approval of International Ranking Expert Group. In short to make it to the top of the list of QS rankings is a big achievement for any educational institute.

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National University of Science and Technology (NUST) is the foremost Pakistani University positioned at number 91. This makes NUST among the top 100 universities in Asia which is a big accomplishment for the institution.
The other universities of Pakistan are occupying the following positions as shown in the table.

QS World University Rankings: Asia

RankUniversity
91National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Islamabad
103Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
128Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS)
133Quaid-e-Azam University
190COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
193University of Karachi
200University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore
232University of the Punjab
234Agha Khan University
271-280Institute of Space Technology
291-300University of Agriculture Faisalabad
301-350NED University of Engineering and Technology
301-350The University of Lahore
301-350University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore
351-400GC University Lahore
351-400Mehran University of Engineering and Technology

Six universities of Pakistan made it to the top 1000 universities in the world, even in this list NUST is in the top 500s and the other five in the later positions.

QS World University Rankings

RankUniversity
431-440National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Islamabad
651-700Quaid-e-Azam University
701-750Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
801-1000University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore
801-1000University of Karachi
801-1000The University of Lahore

QS Methodology

It has its own set of unique attributes which are designed in such a way to measure the challenges and issues faced by the university in a region. Also, it keeps an eye for the university’s mission, research, publications, teaching, faculty, and internationalization. After analyzing all these factors, it ranks the universities accordingly.

QS Metrics for World University Rankings

MericesWeight-age in %
Academic Reputation40%
Employer Reputation10%
Faculty to Student Ratio20%
Citations per Faculty20%
Foreign Student Ratio5%
Foreign Faculty Ratio5%

QS Indicators for Asian University Rankings

IndicatorsWeight-age in %
Academic Reputation30%
Employer Reputation20%
Faculty to Student Ratio15%
Papers per Faculty10%
Citations per Paper10%
Staff with PhD5%
Ratio of Foreign Students2.5%
Foreign Faculty Ratio2.5%
Outbound Exchange Pupils2.5%
Inbound Exchange Students2.5%

Let us hope that may all the Pakistani universities grow enough to attain much-improved positions on the next rankings list by QS.

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