Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) is the only Pakistani university ranked among the 500 best universities in the world, according to the Higher Education Times World Ranking of Universities 2020.
The 2020 edition for the annual ranking published on Wednesday includes about 1,400 universities from 92 countries. Among them there are 14 Pakistani universities.
QAU is the best ranked Pakistani university at number 401-500.
In addition, the list includes:
- COMSATS University Islamabad (601-800)
- University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (801-1000)
- International Islamic University, Islamabad (801-1000)
- University of Administration Sciences of Lahore (801–1000)
- National University of Science and Technology (801–1000)
- University of Punjab (801–1000)
- Bahauddin Zakariya University (1001+)
- University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore (1001+)
- Government College University, Lahore (1001+)
- Peshawar University (1001+)
- PMAS University of Agriculture Árida Rawalpindi (1001+)
- Sargodha University (1001+)
- University of Veterinary Sciences and Animals, Lahore (1001+)
"It is time for Pakistani universities to take international rankings seriously," says a communication professor at the International Islamic University, Hassan Shahzad.
"The rankings matter a lot," he said. Sunrise.
"Participation in the rankings brings positive competition; it raises the international position of the participants and improves the labor market for graduates of those universities. And the main points of competence in the qualification career are research, teaching, perspective International, industry revenue and recognition through citations in recognized journals Unfortunately, these important areas are not our mind, therefore there are no world-class elite institutions in Pakistan.
"Classification should be a lesson for our educational policy makers," Shahzad added.
At the top of the 2020 ranking is the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, which has held the position since 2017. The position of the California Institute of Technology has improved, leading it to second place in the ranking of the top 500 , while the University of Cambridge dropped a place to third. Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are also among the top five ranked universities.
When viewed at a global pace, British and American universities dominated the top levels of this year's rankings. The United States took 60 of the top 200 positions. So far, for Asia, it is still a spectacle of China and Japan, since both represent 45 percent of all Asian entries in the ranking.
Iran, affected by the sanctions, showed a challenge in the higher education sector, as it stood out as one of the greatest achievements, leaving behind countries such as Australia, France, Russia and Taiwan with 40 universities in the ranking.