Even fewer Pakistani Universities appear among top 1000 list by prestigious THE World Universities Rankings 2019

In what should be a worrying trend for the country, a fewer number of Pakistani universities have it made it to the list of top 1000 universities in the world, as ranked by the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) World Universities Rankings 2019.

The THE World University Rankings 2019 are one of the most accurate and well respected rankings of universities around the world, and their rating of universities is considered by most to be as objective as it gets. Sadly for Pakistan though, the country’s presence on the list is shrinking, and shrinking fast.

The Fall

This year, Pakistan only had three universities placed in the top 1000 universities on the list. Just three out of more than 190 universities that function across the country at present.The number of Pakistani universities placed in the top 1000 was seven for the THE rankings for 2017. It then dropped to four in last year’s ranking. And alarmingly, the number has come down to three in the THE World University Rankings 2019.

On the other hand, India, who Pakistan considers its arch rival in almost every walk of life, is making its presence more evident in the world of best universities. India had 30 universities in the THE top 1000 universities of the world in 2017, a number it maintained in the THE 2018 rankings as well. This year, however, the number of Indian universities placed in the top 1000 in THE World University Rankings 2019 has risen to 33. That is 11 times more than what Pakistan has on the list. And overall, India has 49 institutes named in the ranking that has been expanded to include more than 1250 top universities in the world. Pakistan has a mere nine universities in the entire list.

The number of Indian universities placed in the top 1000 in the list has risen to 33. That is 11 times more than what Pakistan has on the list.

The three Pakistani universities in the top 1000 universities are COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in 601-800 band, University of Agriculture Faisalabad in the 801-1000 band and National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), also in the 600-801 band.

Other Pakistani universities named in the THE World University Rankings 2019, but in the 1000+ band, are Bahauddin Zakariya University, University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore, Government College University Lahore, University of Lahore, PMAS Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi and University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore.

The THE World University Rankings 2019 are not just an exercise of naming universities at will. Rather the list is devised after stringent analysis of institutes on the basis of several ranking indicators. These include teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (research influence); international outlook (staff, students and research); and industry income (knowledge transfer).

The Ranking Factors

Like the previous ranking, University of Oxford was named the top university in the world, followed by University of Cambridge. Stanford University was on the number three position. The US still has the most number of universities represented on the list, however, Japan has outdone the UK to take the number two spot for country with most universities on the list. Japan now has 103 universities named in the list compared to 98 from the UK.

China’s top university, Tsinghua University, also became the top university in Asia. It climbed eight spots from last year’s 30th to become the 22nd best university in the world. For a complete list of universities in the 2019 list, visit the THE World Universities Rankings 2019 page.

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