Top 1000 Universities in the World
The research organizations like Times Higher Education (THE) and Quacquarelli Symonds rank the universities of all countries of the world on the basis of different factors and they show the worth of these universities.
These research organizations have done the rankings of the universities in which only 4 universities of Pakistan are included in the top 1000 universities of the world. It is not satisfying situation as 7 universities were included in the last year 1000 top rankings.
Rankings of Pakistani Universities
According to THE, the top ranking Pakistani university is Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad, which is now present in the rank between 401-500 and this university was present in 601-800 band during last year. There are some other Pakistani universities in top 1000, which are:
• COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
• National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
• University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
The first two universities of Pakistan are included in 601-800 band and University of Agriculture Faisalabad is ranked in 801+ group.
Ranks of Other Universities / Countries
The top of the university of the world in the top 1000 universities is Oxford University UK and the second top university is Cambridge University UK while California Institute of Technology and Stanford University USA are at the third position. When you compare Pakistan with its neighbors then China has 60 universities in top 1000 and India has 30 universities while Iran has 11 universities in the world top 1000 universities.
The number of Pakistani universities in the top 1000 universities of the world is disappointing. The government has different priorities and education is not their top priority, so they did not give attention of this most important segment of the society, so the number of universities in the THE rankings is decreased. The director of THE said that the main reason for reduction in number of world class universities was lack of funds. He also appreciated the efforts of QAU, which has improved its position and now it moves in the 401-500 band and became top Pakistani university in world ranking.