The National Defence University (NDU) is one of the leading universities of the country. It is regarded as one of the oldest and most prestigious military and public institution in Pakistan. Originally established in 1970, NDU Islamabad was granted the status of a university in 2007 and became ‘National Defence University’ under the joint efforts of the Ministry of Defence and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Mostly known to enrol military personnel, the National Defence University also takes students from the public sector. NDU has maintained its prestige in Pakistan over the course of years, as an institution of higher military studies and International Relations.