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Pakistan loses ground in QS World University Rankings

September 10, 2013 | Misc. | Share:

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[1].

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
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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