Pak­istani uni­ver­si­ties fail to make mark in Asia’s best univer­sity rank­ing

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - STAFF REPORTER

IS­LAM­ABAD—Ten Pak­istani uni­ver­si­ties have been named among the best uni­ver­si­ties in Asia, with Lahore Univer­sity of Man­age­ment Sci­ences (LUMS) emerg­ing as the best univer­sity in Pak­istan, ac­cord­ing to global higher ed­u­ca­tion an­a­lysts, QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

How­ever, no Pak­istani univer­sity made it to the top 100 uni­ver­si­ties in Asia. The largest-ever re­gional univer­sity rank­ing, which com­pared Asia’s best uni­ver­si­ties, saw LUMS move past four fel­low Pak­istani uni­ver­si­ties, af­ter a 50-place, 5-band leap up the rank­ings. It is now ranked 111th in Asia by QS. LUMS’ rise is the con­se­quence of improvements in 7 of 9 met­rics used by QS last year.

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Mean­while, the Na­tional Univer­sity of Sci­ences and Tech­nol­ogy (NUST) in Is­lam­abad be­came Pak­istan’s sec­ond-high­est-ranked in­sti­tu­tion, rising from 119th to joint 112th. It now out­per­forms Quaid-eAzam Univer­sity, which fell from 116th to joint 149th.

Pak­istan In­sti­tute of Engi­neer­ing and Ap­plied Sci­ences, pre­vi­ously the na­tion’s top univer­sity, is now jointly ranked 149th, fall­ing from 115th last year. Aga Khan Univer­sity has also fallen from 117th po­si­tion to 183rd. The Univer­sity of Karachi, on the other hand, jumped from the 251st-300th band to the 201st-210th band.

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The QS Univer­sity Rank­ings Asia have ex­panded this year to in­clude the re­gion’s 350 best uni­ver­si­ties – an ex­pan­sion of 50 on the pre­vi­ous year. They have also in­cluded method­olog­i­cal en­hance­ments this year, in­tro­duc­ing staff with PhD in or­der to add an­other di­men­sion to the anal­y­sis of teach­ing qual­ity their rank­ings pro­vide.

Of the 517 uni­ver­si­ties eval­u­ated in the re­gion, the top three places are held by their pre­vi­ous own­ers: Na­tional Univer­sity of Sin­ga­pore (1st) is joined by the Univer­sity of Hong Kong (2nd) and Nanyang Tech­no­log­i­cal Univer­sity (3rd).

South Korea took six of the top-20 places (more than any other na­tion or ter­ri­tory fea­tured), Hong Kong Ter­ri­tory took four of the top-10 places, while China, Sin­ga­pore, and South Korea took two each.

MD Pak­istan Bait-ul-Mal Bar­ris­ter Abid Wa­heed Sheikh inau­gu­rat­ing blood col­lec­tion van on World Blood Donor Day at Pak­istan Tha­lassemia Cen­tre.

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