Top universities in pakistan

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Nov 11, 2020
Although perhaps not one of the first study abroad destinations which come to mind, Pakistan (Officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan) has a great deal to offer international students, with a rich diversity in its culture, landscapes and people, as well as well-respected universities.
If you’d like to study in Pakistan, read on for information about Pakistani universities, student cities, applications, costs and more.

Higher education in Pakistan expanded significantly following the country’s independence from Britain in 1947. Today the system is overseen by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC), which oversees funding, research outputs, and teaching quality. The commission recognizes 174 universities in the country, including both private and public institutions, and some which are military or vocational in focus. You don’t need to worry about learning Urdu (the national language), as all teaching at universities in Pakistan is conducted in English.
There are a total of 10 top universities in Pakistan featured in the QS University Rankings: Asia 2016, which highlights the top 350 universities in Asia. Six Pakistani universities are also featured in the QS World University Rankings® 2016/17. These are:

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)

Established in 1991 for the promotion of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, the National University of Sciences and Technology is the highest-ranked Pakistani university in the QS World University Rankings, in the 501-550 range.* The university prides itself on its innovative outlook and ranks as one of the top 250 universities in the world for electrical engineering in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Quaid-i-Azam University

Formerly known as Islamabad University but renamed in honor of Muhammad Ali Jinnah (the founder of Pakistan), Quaid-i-Azam University is ranked 701+ in the world and is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in Pakistan, and is located at the footfall of the picturesque Margalla Hills. Established in 1967, the university has recently collaborated with various international institutes, including the United Nations and the University of Tokyo.

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

Founded in 1984, Lahore University of Management Sciences is a private research university which is placed 701+ in the world and is the country’s highest ranked university in the Asia rankings, at 111th (up from 160-170 in the previous year). One of the most selective universities in Pakistan, it is also relatively small, with around 3,500 students taught by 200 faculty members.

University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore

The next of the top universities in Pakistan, the University of Engineering and Technology (also known as UET Lahore), is also ranked 701+ in the global rankings, and is a highly selective public research university. Established in 1921, it has developed a wide range of programs over the years, and was the first Pakistani university to offer a bachelor's degree in mining engineering in 1954.

University of Karachi

Also ranked in the 701+ range internationally, the University of Karachi was founded in 1951 and is Pakistan’s largest university, spanning 1,200 acres and with 800 academics teaching 24,000 students. The university conducts a high level of research and has a large library of over 400,000 books dating back to 1600.

University of Lahore

The University of Lahore is ranked 701+ and is the youngest of these top universities in Pakistan, having been established in 1999. It’s another large university, with around 22,000 students in 11 faculties and 32 departments. The university has seven campuses, located in Lahore, Islamabad, Sargodha, Gujrat and Pakpattan.