Only seven Pakistani universities have been included in the best 1000 universities in the world, with the same seven universities retaining their spots yet again, in the prestigious Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2020.

The annual QS rankings are among the few international rankings that are looked up by students, education experts, academicians and industry as a reliable source, internationally. This year’s ranking was dominated by Universities in the US and UK, who together grabbed nine of the top ten positions for the year 2020. The top spot went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a record eight-year, making it the longest reign of a higher education institute in the QS rankings’ history.

Seven Pakistani Universities

Seven Pakistani universities retained their spots yet again, making their names in the list of the top 1000 universities of the world. The list includes PIEAS, NUST, Quaid-e-Azam University, COMSATS, LUMS, UET and Punjab University, with PIEAS securing the highest 375th spot in the world. However, the number still falls short of 23, which is the number of Indian universities included in the World University Rankings 2020; one less from last year’s ranking. India’s best ranking was secured by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) which jumped 10 spots, securing 152nd spot QS rankings 2020.

PIEAS rose straight to the top to become the highest ranked Pakistani university in the QS 2020, jumping from 397th in 2019 to 375th spot this year, securing an overall score of 29.2, with individual scores of 96.4 in faculty-student, 5.4 in academic reputation, 4.6 in employer reputation and 36.2 in citations per faculty. It was followed by NUST that took the 400th position, with a slight improvement from its 2019 placement of 417th attaining an overall score of 28.2, with 76.6 in faculty-student, 39.4 in employer reputation, 16.4 in academic reputation, and 9.2 in citations per faculty.

Next in the ranking was Quaid-e-Azam University that jumped from 551-560 band in 2019 to 511-520 band in this year’s ranking, attaining 77.4 in citations per faculty category. LUMS retained 701-750 band in this year’s ranking getting 36.3 in employer reputation, while COMSATS fell down from 751-800 to 801-1000th spot this year. UET and Punjab universities also retained their last year’s positions securing a place in 801-100 and 800-801 bands respectively, both securing 26 and 20.2 in employer reputation category

China topped the Asia region with 42 higher education institutes making a mark in the top 1000 for the year 2020, followed by Japan (41), South Korea (30), Malaysia (20), Taiwan (16), and Iran (6). To view the full list of rankings, click here.

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