Not a single Pakistani university has made it to the top 30 in the latest Muslim world university rankings released by Scientometrics Lab at the Information Technology University (ITU) recently.
ITU Quality Research Rankings (ITU-QRR) has been greatly insightful about the 450 research-led universities and institutes of the Muslim World. All these universities have been ranked, in 250 subject areas, through a comprehensive and balanced ranking system. The performance indicators employed cover all key aspects of education at the varsity level: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Saudi Arabia has been ranked as the best university in the Muslim world. KAU, scored 10.82 overall, ranking highly for publications quality, research and teaching.
KAU‘s rank is followed by the University of Malaya and University of Tehran, these prestigious Muslim universities got an overall rating of 10.31 and 9.98 respectively.
It is noteworthy that most of the top 20 universities are from Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, and Malaysia.
The ITU rankings are divided into two categories: Broad and Specialized. The broad institutions are the ones that are active in more than eight research disciplines; specialized institutions, on the other hand, are research active between three to eight major subject areas.
Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) – ranked 35 overall – takes top spot in Pakistan. Just behind QAU are COMSATS Institute of Information Technology and University of Agriculture (Faisalabad), at 41 and 68, respectively.
QAU gained an overall score of 3.21; COMSATS and University of Agriculture scored 2.83 and 1.89 points respectively. The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) stood at 87th position with 1.44 points, in the broad institutions ranking at ITU-QRR.
In the category of specialized institutions, Agha Khan University – with a score of 3.48 stands at 6th position, while Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology – with a score of 2.46 ranks 13th in the top 20.
Commenting on performance of Pakistani universities, Dr Umar Saif, the founding Vice Chancellor of ITU, expressed:
“This ranking presents a data-driven, independent and quantified yardstick on where our universities stand in terms of research output. Ranking of Pakistani universities should be a wake-up call for us.”