ISLAMABAD – According to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Universities Rankings 2012, six universities of Pakistan have won its place in the list of top 300 universities.
QS UK is the world’s most renowned and prestigious ranking agency. According to a press release issued by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, National University of Science and Technology (NUST) is at 108th position, University of Karachi stands between 191-200, Agha Khan University (AKU) Karachi and University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore stand between 201-250, LUMS Lahore and University of Lahore placed between 251-300 in top 300 Asian Universities of the World. It speaks volumes of the hard work put in by the management and faculty of these universities and consistent support of the HEC in terms of improving infrastructure, access to digital library, providing quality education, providing opportunities for conducting innovative research, establishing international linkages, engaging in collaborative research with leading international institutions/organizations, participating in international exchange programs and producing graduates who are welcomed by national/international industry, academia and corporate sector.
It is essential that this growth should continue and further focus on adding quality in research and education to our other universities as well. It informed that Pakistani universities have produced more PhDs in the last 9 years (3280) since the establishment of HEC than in the first 55 years (3000). Research output has grown eight-folds since 2002 (from 815 in 2002 to 6,200 in 2011) which is a remarkable achievement by any world standards.
80% of these research publications are coming from HEIs. Output has more than doubled just in the last 3 years and is expected to double again in the next 3 years. Nearly 5,000 scholars from Pakistan have been facilitated to present their research work in leading conferences of the world. Researchers from Pakistan have established academic linkages with their counterparts in every leading university of the world in the US, UK, China, Germany, France, Australia, Korea, etc.
source: The Nation