London, September 10, 2013 (PPI-OT): Four Pakistani institutions make the global top 800 in this year’s QS World University Rankings, but all rank lower than in 2012.
The nation’s top institution, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Islamabad drops into the 481-490 group, having ranked 400-451 in 2012.
The remaining three Pakistani institutions are all placed in the 701+ group: University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore, University of Karachi and University of Lahore. All three ranked in the 601+ grouping last year.
Pakistani institutions in QS World University Rankings 2013/2014 2013 2012 University 481-490 401-450 NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY (NUST) ISLAMABAD 701+ 601+ UNIVERSITY OF ENGINEERING and TECHNOLOGY (UET) LAHORE 701+ 601+ UNIVERSITY OF KARACHI 701+ 601+ UNIVERSITY OF LAHORE
The rankings compare the world’s top 800 institutions across six criteria covering research, employability, teaching and international outlook. Research included reputational surveys of academics and graduate employers drawing on over 90,000 responses worldwide, the largest of their kind in the world.
“Pakistan’s leading universities have started to gain some recognition among international academics and graduate employers,” says QS head of research Ben Sowter. “The challenge now is to improve student-to-faculty ratios and start producing more highly cited research, while addressing wider areas such as access and infrastructure.”
The rankings also feature 11 institutions from India, led by Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) in 222nd. Bangladesh’s sole representative is University of Dhaka, which appears in the 701+ grouping.
US institution MIT tops the table for the second consecutive year, ahead of Harvard and the UK’s University of Cambridge.
The US takes 11 of the top 20 positions, but its dominance has eroded since the financial crisis. Of the 83 US universities in the top 400, 64 rank lower than in 2007/8.
In contrast, 70% of the 62 Asian institutions in the top 400 rank higher than in 2007, but there is still no Asian institution in the top 20.
QS World University Rankings 2013/2014 GLOBAL TOP 20 2013 2012 Institution Country 1 1 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) US 2 3 HARVARD UNIVERSITY US 3 2 UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE UK 4 4 UCL (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON) UK 5 6 IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON UK 6 5 UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD UK 7 15 STANFORD UNIVERSITY US 8 7 YALE UNIVERSITY US 9 8 UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO US 10= 10 CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (CALTECH) US 10= 9 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY US 12 13 ETH ZURICH (SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY) CH 13 12 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA US 14 11 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY US 15 14 CORNELL UNIVERSITY US 16 16 JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY US 17= 21 UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH UK 17= 19 UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO CA 19= 29 ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL) CH 19= 26 KING'S COLLEGE LONDON (KCL) UK
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