The Aga Khan University (AKU) has been ranked among the top 100 universities of the world for clinical medicine and also among the top 200 varsities of the world for public health by the newest ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019. The list was compiled by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, according to an official statement released by AKU on Sunday.

In the statement, the varsity stated revealed that AKU was the only university in Pakistan to be placed among the top 500 universities of the world in teaching clinical medicine and public health. In clinical medicine, the varsity climbed from the 151-200 group to the 76-100 group and secured a spot in the 151-200 group in public health.

“This international ranking is recognition of AKU as a role model for health and education in the developing world,” said AKU President Firoz Rasul.

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy is an independent organisation devoted to promoting research in higher education intelligence and consultancy. The ranking is based on Web of Science bibliometric data, InCites, and reviews performance in five categories i.e. publications, citations, top journal presence, international collaboration in publications and awards.

An increase in the number of research papers published and indexed in major citation indices helped AKU in improving their ranking over the last three years, a spokesperson stated. “Our clinical investigations are closely linked to teaching to innovate for better healthcare and to research for creating new knowledge,” said Dr Adil Haider, the dean of AKU’s medical college.

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