Top 10 Universities In Pakistan

admin on 2022-09-22


Education is the driving force of any society; education creates a sense of enlightenment among people and is one of the most important factors for a country’s growth. Pakistan’s education sector has evolved over the years and like any nation,  it is indeed still evolving. Universities are ranked based on their accreditation with HEC, the broad spectrum of courses they offer, and what degree programs they offer.  Pakistan has nearly 200 universities that are recognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan out of which the following are the top ten universities in Pakistan 2020:

1. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology:

COMSATS was established in 2000 in Islamabad and till then it has come a long way, in only two decades they have managed to become a top-ranking university in Pakistan and have even secured a rank in the top universities of the world. COMSATS is based in Islamabad but has 7 physical campuses all over Pakistan. COMSATS has now become a go-to university for students who want to achieve academic excellence. COMSATS offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Following are the six faculties they have as of now:

2. National University of Science and Technology:

NUST is one of the most sought after universities for students in Pakistan, most of the students have at least once in their academic life have thought of applying for NUST. NUST was founded in 1991 in Lahore as a non-profit institute under the administration of the Pakistan Armed Forces. NUST has its own admission test criteria called NET and it is highly selective in regards to enrolling students. NUST has made and maintained a name for it throughout the years. NUST offers several undergraduate and graduate programs such as Engineering, Business Studies, Accounting and Finance, HRM, Economics, etc. NUST also has several accreditations to its name.

3. University of Punjab:

The University of Punjab was established in 1882 in Lahore. The University of Punjab is one of the largest universities in Pakistan and is the oldest public university in Pakistan. It comprises 5 campuses in total and has 13 faculties. UOP offers a large number of undergraduate and graduate programs in the morning, afternoon, and evening shifts. UOP also provides several Diploma and certificate courses. UOP has many constituent colleges as well. Alumni of the University of Punjab include some of the biggest names of Pakistan such as Allama Iqbal, Dr Abdus Salam, Chaudhary Rahamat Ali, etc. Out of the 13 faculties, a few of them are listed below:

4. University of Karachi:

The University of Karachi was established in 1951 as a federal University. It started with 50 students and as of the data available today it has 41000 regular students, has over 50 departments, 20 research centres that also provide thesis help to students, and 8 faculties. UOK has earned many accreditations as well. The University of Karachi offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the morning and evening shifts. Some of the biggest names of Pakistan were once the students of the University of Karachi. Following are the eight faculties UOK has:

5. Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan:

AWKUM was established in 2009 as a public university in Mardan. AWKUM has established a name for itself in a rather short period of time; it is ranked as one of the best universities in the world and ranked no.1 in Pakistan. As of 2015, it had nine campuses. The university offers six faculties and has 3 constituent colleges; about 49 institutions are affiliated with AWKUM. Following are the faculties in AWKUM:

6. Lahore University of Management Sciences:

LUMS was established in 1984 and is a private university. LUMS over the years expanded its academic programs; it established its business school in 1986, a law school in 2004, an engineering school in 2008, and others subsequently. LUMS offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs. LUMS is selective about their admissions to maintain their academic excellence, criteria for admission in LUMS is at least 70% in intermediate or at least 2Bs and 1C in A levels. LUMS has five schools which are further divided into different departments.

7. Agha Khan University

AKU was established in 1983 in Karachi, making it the first private university in Pakistan. Throughout the years AKU has expanded to all parts of the world, AKU has its campuses in the UK, Afghanistan, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. AKU started as a university but transformed into one of the best health care providers in Pakistan. AKU is mainly a health sciences university but they have their way in arts and educational development, their academic programs are as follows:

8. Bahauddin Zakariya University:

BZU was established in 1975 as Multan University but it was renamed after a Sufi saint Hazrat Baha-ud-din Zakariya. BZU is one of the largest universities in Punjab. BZU was ranked 8th by HEC in 2019 because of its academic excellence, a wide range of degree programs, and highly experienced faculty members. BZU offers more than 60 majors to its students. Following are the academic departments at BZU:

9. Quaid-i-Azam University:

QAU was established in 1967 as the University of Islamabad. QAU was focused on providing postgraduate degrees in the beginning but later in the 1980s they expanded and started offering undergraduate programs as well. QAU has four faculties and is one of the highest-ranked universities in the country. QAU has secured a place in world rankings throughout the years. Following are the faculties at QAU:

10. National College of Arts:

NCA is undoubtedly every art student’s dream college. NCA was called Mayo School of Industrial Arts at the time of its establishment in 1875 but is now called the National College of Arts. NCA is Pakistan’s oldest art school and is ranked the top art school in Pakistan. NCA offers student exchange programs with international art institutions. Following are the departments at NCA: