After Pakistan gained its independence from Britain in 1947, higher education in that nation significantly increased. The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC), which is in charge of overseeing funding, research outputs, and instructional quality, currently controls the system. The commission recognizes 174 universities nationwide, some of which have a military or vocational focus in addition to private and public universities. You don’t have to worry about learning Urdu, as English is the only language used for instruction at Pakistani universities.
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The QS University Rankings: Asia 2016 lists the top 350 universities in Asia and includes 10 of Pakistan’s leading universities. The QS World University Rankings® 2016/17 also includes six Pakistani universities. Which are:
List of top universities in Pakistan
1 National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
The National University of Sciences and Technology, which was founded in 1991 to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, is the top-ranked institution in Pakistan according to the QS World University Rankings, coming in between positions 501 and 550. According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, the university, which takes pride in its innovative outlook, is among the top 250 universities in the world for electrical engineering.
2. Quaid-i-Azam University
Quaid-i-Azam University, which was formerly known as Islamabad University but was renamed in honor of Muhammad Ali Jinnah (the founder of Pakistan), is ranked 701+ in the world, consistently one of the top universities in Pakistan, and is situated at the base of the beautiful Margalla Hills. The university, which was founded in 1967, has recently worked with many international organizations, including the United Nations and the University of Tokyo.
3. University of Lahore
The University of Lahore, which was founded in 1999 and is ranked 701+, is the newest of these prestigious universities in Pakistan. With about 22,000 students across 11 faculties and 32 departments, it is a sizable university. The university has seven campuses spread across Pakpattan, Gujrat, Sargodha, Lahore, and Islamabad.
4. University of Karachi
The University of Karachi, which was established in 1951 and is the largest university in Pakistan with a 1,200-acre campus and 800 faculty members teaching 24,000 students, is also ranked in the 701+ range internationally. The university has a sizable library with more than 400,000 books dating back to 1600 and engages in extensive research.
5. University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore
The University of Engineering and Technology (also known as UET Lahore), the second-best university in Pakistan, is a highly selective public research university that is ranked 701+ globally. It was founded in 1921 and has grown to offer a wide variety of programs. In 1954, it became the first university in Pakistan to grant a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering.
6. Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
Private research university Lahore University of Management Sciences was established in 1984. It is currently ranked 111th in Asia and is positioned 701+ in the world (up from 160-170 in the previous year). It is one of Pakistan’s most prestigious universities but also one of the smaller ones, with about 3,500 students being taught by 200 faculty members.
You must know these facts about Pakistan
- In 1947, Pakistan won its freedom from the British Indian Empire. There were only two higher education institutions at the time; today, there are 174.
- The population of the nation is the sixth-largest in the world (estimated at 199 million in 2015).
- Pakistan’s founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s birthday is observed as a national holiday (25th December).
- Although Karachi is the largest city, Islamabad is the capital.
- More than 60 languages are spoken in addition to the official languages of English and Urdu.
- There is a president and a prime minister in this federal parliamentary republic.
- The rupee of Pakistan serves as money (PKR). One US dollar is currently equivalent to roughly 283 Pakistani rupees.
- Since Pakistan is the only Muslim nation to have been founded in the name of Islam, it is unique among Muslim nations. In Persian and Urdu, Pakistan’s name translates to “Land of the Pure.”
- The left side of the road is where cars drive.
- Pakistan’s size is comparable to the combined areas of France and the United Kingdom.
- Afghanistan, China, India, and Iran are the four nations that Pakistan borders.
- It is home to some of the highest mountain ranges in the world, including K2, the second-highest mountain in the world, and portions of the Hinda Kush and Himalayan mountain ranges.
- The Karakoram Highway, which connects China and Pakistan at a height of 4,693 meters, is one of the world’s highest paved international roads (15,397 ft).
- The largest deep-sea port in the world is the Gwadar Port.