SINGAPORE: Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad has broken into the top 100 universities of Asia, ranked 79th, according to the latest rankings issued by the Times Higher Education (THE) at the 2018 Asia Universities Summit in China, local media reported on Thursday.
QAU, the country’s top public research university, has made it on the top 100 Asia University Rankings 2018 after making a considerable jump from its previously ranking in the 121-130 band.
The latest rankings, including over 350 universities, feature 10 Pakistani universities, three more than in the 2017 list.
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology was the next best university from Pakistan in the ranking, placed 125th on the list for 2018, up from its position in the 141-150 band last year.
Other Pakistani universities that managed to grab a position for themselves on the list are National University of Sciences and Technology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, University of Lahore, University of Peshawar, PMAS Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore and Government College University Lahore.
The editorial director of global rankings at Times Higher Education Phil Baty congratulated Pakistan for having 10 universities on the list.
“It is a fantastic achievement that Pakistan now has 10 universities in the Asia rankings and that its two leading universities have risen up the table,” he said, adding that research must be made a priority if a country wants to stand out from its competition in Asia.