Seven Pakistani institutes have been listed in the top 300 educational institutions in Asia, in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) list of the latest Asia University Rankings 2017. The prestigious rankings list compares institutions across a wide range of subjects.
While elite Asian institutions continue to remain at the top of THE latest rankings, more Pakistani universities, however, have moved up the list. Some analysts attribute it to an increase in economic activity and education spending.
The National University of Singapore retains its title as Asia’s best university for the second year running, followed by China’s Peking University and Tsinghua University, the THE ranking reveals. The new rankings include 300 universities, in place of 200 from last year.
The UK based university ranking system has found significant improvement in Pakistan’s tertiary education institutions over the past year. As per the THE ranking, Quaid-e-Azam University has been the highest scoring institution in Pakistan, ranked in the 121-130 band, followed by COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in the top 150.
Other Pakistani universities that ranked high enough to make it to the list, include the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), which ranks at 141-150; the University of Agriculture Faisalabad, which has risen to rank in the 201-250 band. The University of Lahore, Bahauddin Zakariya University and the University of Karachi have also made it to the Top 250+.
While the count of universities making it to the THE list remains commendable, there are a few serious concerns as well. The Quaid-i-azam University, which ranked in the 101-110 band in the previous year, has dropped to the 121-130 in the latest ranking; the ranking of National University of Sciences and Technology fell from 121-130 to 151-160. This decline in ranking can be attributed to tough competition from leading Asian universities.
While commenting on the latest rankings, Phil Baty, Editor of the Times Higher Education rankings, said:
“It is fantastic news that Pakistan has more than tripled its representation in this year’s list of Asia’s best universities, taking seven places, up from two last year. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology is the only new entry to make the top 200.”
Baty further commented:
“Overall this ranking of Asia’s best 300 universities proves what a dynamic, diverse and competitive higher education region the continent is becoming. Pakistan is a key part of that development but must make sure it does not get left behind.”