Top 10


In this blog, we mention top 10 universities of Pakistan.

According to, there are more than 29,429 Universities in the world. The USA is on the top of the list with more than 2000 Universities. The USA has more than 59 Top Universities of the world and 99 Universities ranked between Top 500 of the world.

HEC – Higher Education Commission

The Educational System is overseen by the HEC of Pakistan including Teaching quality, Funding & Research Outputs. HEC recognizes over 175 Public and Private Educational Institutes in Pakistan. (According to webometrics, a total of 347 universities in Pakistan).


What is ShanghaiRanking ARWU

According to Academic Ranking World Universities (ARWU) uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Clarivate Analytics, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance of a university. More than 1800 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 1000 are published”.

How the Universities are Ranked

There are few methods Universities are ranked. By meeting the criteria of being Chartered, Licensed, or Accredited by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.

By offering at least four-year bachelor or under-graduate degrees or Master/Post Graduate-degrees.

By delivering courses primarily in a traditional education system.

There are more than 177 Universities in Pakistan offering these programs. Out of these 177 Universities 38 in Karachi, 29 in Lahore, 19 in Islamabad, 13 in Peshawar, 5 in Faisalabad and the rest 73 Universities exist across Pakistan.

Universities Ranking Research Groups all over the world

Rankings are debatable subjects all over the world as there are several Research groups and International Associations involve in different methods of Ranking. These Associations include Unibank, Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, US News & World Report Best Global University Rankings, URAP (University Rankings & Academic Performance, Turkey), U-Multirank (EU), GreenMetric (Indonesia), Times Higher Education World University Rankings (UK), Cybermetrics Lab (Spain). SCImago Institutions Rankings (SIR, Spain), Round University Ranking (RUR, Russia partnership with Thomson Reuters), Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), and Quacquearelli Symonds (QS, UK).

Globally, University rankings are impacted by the global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nation’s (UN) Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These impact rankings include:

  1. No Poverty 2) Zero Hunger 3) Good Health and Well-being 4) Quality Education 5) Gender Equality 6) Clean Water and Sanitation 7) Affordable and Clean Energy 8) Decent Work and Economic Growth 9) Industry Innovations and Infrastructure 10) Reduced Inequalities 11) Sustainable Cities and Communities 12) Responsible Consumption and Production 13) Climate Action 14) Life Below Water 15) Life on Land 16) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions 17) Partnerships for the Goals

The elitist of Pakistan proud to be associated with the Top Universities of Pakistan like LUMS, IBA, UET, FAST, and NED but unfortunately, none of these Top Pakistani Universities falls in the World Top 500.

It is extremely painful that prestigious Universities like Agha Khan, LUMS, NUST and Punjab University were ranked not in the Top 500 World Best Universities till the last ARWU

LUMS –, 

(QS) University Rankings – Among Top 700

Accreditation: SDSB-LUMS accredited AACSB International

LUMS was founded in 1985 by Mr Syed Babar Ali (OBE, Packages Founder). With over One-thousand Recruiting partners, 98% of LUMS graduates get the job after completing their degrees is the biggest attraction for students all around. LUMS is the highly recognized Elitist institute in Pakistan with 4,500 plus students. LUMS also claimed that 1 out of 3 students in LUMS receive annual financial support. LUMS also offers modern male/female gymnasiums, swimming pools, football ground to stay fit on its campus. Another reason why the LUMS is exceptional is the country is its powerful and professional network of more than 14,000 Alumni Network which actively connected and contribute to public and private sectors from diverse Industrial sectors in Pakistan and marking their marks Internationally. With over 100 acres of land LUMS is situated in DHA, Cantt, Lahore. LUMS offers 18 under-graduate and 20 graduate programs.

COMSATS University Islamabad, 

According to CUI Website: World University Ranking – 601-800, Asian – 149, Country – 2

University Impact Ranking (15 out of 17 SDGs) – 221

Country – 5th

(QS) World University Rankings 801-1000

(QS) Asian University Rankings 151

Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) was chartered in August 2000. COMSATS has had 07 physical campuses, with 1.17 million Library books with more than 32,000 students enrolled (as of spring 2019). COMSATS offers 43 under-graduate and 55 graduate programs with International linkages with Australia, Canada, Europe & the USA. COMSATS was proudly founded by Dr Abdus-Salam (shared Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979).  In 2018, COMSATS was upgraded to Federally Chartered University under the COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) Act 2018. CUI is an inter-governmental organization with 21-member states from Asia, Africa & Middle East.

UET, Lahore

(QS) World University Rankings – Among Top 801-1000

(QS) Asian University Rankings 171

UET was started in 1921 as ‘Mughalpura Technical College’ and became ‘Maclagan Engineering College’ in 1923 and offered courses of study in only two disciplines, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. UET is located near the Shalimar Gardens, G.T. Road Lahore. In 1972, the university was renamed as the University of Engineering & Technology. UET was the first and only educational institute in Pakistan established its own Power Generation Unit of 2 (later enhanced to 3) Megawatts. At present, UET has three satellite campuses (Faisalabad, Kala-Shah-Kaku, and Rachna College). One of the most salient features of UET is its Athletic and Recreational activities. UET provides ample space for Sports both indoor and outdoor like badminton, basketball & Cricket, Football, and Hockey.

UET offers an undergraduate program for BSC (Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Petroleum & Gas, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Engineering), BBA & Post-graduate programs MSC (Disaster Management, Building & Architectural, Geological). UET also offers MPhil (Water Resource Engineering, Applied Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics), MBA & Ph D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Engineering Management, Metallurgical & Material Engineering, Transport & Engineering, Islamic Studies & others. UET has abundant space for a hostel. It can accommodate 2700 students. The few hostel names are Khadija Hall, Allama Iqbal Hall, Sir Syed Hall & others.

IBA –, 

HEC Ranking – No. 2 (with 40.51 total score Business Education) 

Institute of Business Administration (IBA) was established in 1955 with the help of Pennsylvania University. Later on, prominent American professors were assigned to IBA from the University of Southern California. In the beginning, IBA offered its Master of Business Administration program (MBA) for day scholars and an Evening program was offered for working executives in 1957. A three-year Bachelor Business Administration (Honors) was introduced in 1982 which has now been upgraded to a four-year BBA (Honors). In 1983, IBA started offering BS, MS in Computer Science, and PhD programs in collaboration with IBM Pakistan. IBA was elevated to degree awarding institute by the Sindh Assembly in 1994 and a rapid increase in the number of Business Schools IBA never decrease the quality of education and maintained as the Number 1 institute in the region for Business & Commerce Studies. IBA introduced its first-weekend program as Executive – EMBA. IBA recently introduced (BS) Double Majors in Economics and Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Finance. The Centre for Executive Education (CEE) has a strategic partnership with the Indian School of Business, it conducts seminars and courses at Karachi. IBA has newly developed a Centre for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) for new business startups hosts more than forty incubators and accelerator companies in its premises and a ten-year collaborative Partnership with Babson College Boston, USA. Students need to join IBA must go through very tough screening/pre-entry/aptitude test and interview sessions. 

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University of Karachi –, 

The World Ranking Universities – 800+

CWUR – World – 1712, National – 7

University of Karachi or Karachi University situated at University Road, Karachi, acronym KU, is the biggest university of Pakistan with over 1200 acres of land and established as a Federal University in 1951. For the first two years, KU remained as an examination centre/university for its affiliated colleges and after two years KU started its two Faculties, Science and Arts. 

KU has now 8 extensive Faculties, five of these faculties, conducting classes of Islamic Learning, Management and Administrative Sciences, Arts, Science, Pharmacy, while under the faculties of Law, Medicine & Education KE examines the students admitted to its affiliated colleges. KU is a coeducational institute officially recognized by the HEC with an enrollment range above 41,000 students and 700 Teachers with over 53 Departments and 2 State-of-the-Art Research Centers. KU Library is one of the largest in Pakistan with a collection of over 360,000 books and over 110,000 copies of national and foreign periodicals and journals. The evening program of KU which was introduced in 1995 provides an opportunity for the professionals. KU Botanical Garden is the first of the kind in Pakistan. The construction of hostels in KU for the visiting faculties and scholars and completion of new blocks of the staff apartments were due to active encouragements KU received from the HEC and Vice-Chancellor of the university.

NED University –

Round Ranking – 791

(QS) Asian University Rankings 351-400

The World Ranking Universities – 301-400

NED Government Engineering College was established in 1921. N stands for Nadirshaw E stands for Edulji D stands for Dinshaw. Like many other welfare projects in Karachi gifted/granted by the Parsi Community, NED University of Engineering & Technology is one of them.

100 years ago, a huge donation from Mr Nadirshaw Edulji Dinshaw for Rupees 150,000 (equals to millions today) and other donations from the Puribai and Becharbai Trust, Fatehchand Brothers Prince of Wales Engineering College was constructed on separate land. Later, this college was renamed in the memory of Nadirshaw Edulji Dinshaw. The NED College was remained affiliated by the University of Bombay since its inception and in 1947 it was taken over by the Government of Sindh and renamed as NED Government Engineering College. 

The NED which we see today was shifted in 1964 from a congested area to an adjacent site to Karachi University and the project was carried out with the assistance of the World Bank (provides Rupees 118 million) and shifted to a 100 acres land at Country Club Road (now University Road). In 1977, NED Government Engineering College became the NED University of Engineering & Technology. The (late) Chairman of Hussein Group of Companies & Hussein Ebrahim Foundation Mr Latif Ebrahim Jamal (LEJ) donated Rupees 350 million for the faculty of Bio-Medical Engineering. 

Engr Abul Kalam Library has grown to become one of the country’s leading academic libraries. NED has its own Internet facility managed by the IT department itself. Metro Area Network (MAN), a 37 KM Optical Fiber is a first-ever in a public centre in Pakistan. Other facilities like NEDUET-ISP, NEDUET-Wi-Fi, Video Conferencing, and other facilities are also available for the NEDIANs. NED is a coeducation institute and NED has a selective enrollment policy based on student academic records and entry test examination.

Punjab University, 

Country Ranking – 1

The World Ranking Universities – 800-1000

Asia University Ranking 251-300

(QS) World University Rankings – Among Top 801-1000

(QS) Asian University Rankings 195

Punjab University (PU) was established by ‘Gora’ in 1882 is a non-profit higher education institute located in Lahore. PU is a coeducational institute officially recognized by the HEC with branch campuses in other parts of Punjab like Jhelum and Gujranwala with an enrollment range above 34,000 students. The admission range of PU is between 10 to 20% because PU has a selective enrollment policy based on student academic records and entry test examination. PU also provides non-academic facilities to students such as housing and sports. PU offers Bachelor, Master, Doctorate degrees for Arts& Humanities, Business & Social Sciences, Language & Cultural, Medicine & Health, Engineering & Science & Technology.

Agha Khan University –

(Phone: 00-92-21-3493-0051)

World: 1915 – ShanghaiRanking (ARWU): Among Top 100 (Clinical medicine) Among Top 200 (Public health)

Agha Khan Foundation was established in 1967. Agha Khan University Hospital chartered as Pakistan’s first private international university in 1983. AKUH aims to promote human welfare by disseminating knowledge and providing education, training, research, and services in health sciences.

According to an Economic study in Pakistan, Agha Khan University has an annual economic impact in Pakistan of US$1 billion. It also, directly and indirectly, supports more than forty-two thousand 42,000 jobs annually.

Aga Khan University (AKU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees, associate degrees, certificates, diplomas, bachelor degrees, and Master degrees i.e. doctorate degrees. PU has a selective enrollment policy based on student academic records and entry test examination.

University offering programs of international quality to currently 2,873 students with 16,287 Alumni, with 15,275 Faculty with over 65 campuses & Teaching sites.

National University of Science & Technology

Country Rank: 1

(QS) University Rankings 41 (Top 50 Under 50) – New Young: 1

QS (Engineering & Technology): 260

NUST was established in 1991. It spreads all major cities of Pakistan with its central campus in Islamabad and others in Rawalpindi, Risalpur & Karachi. NUST has an edge over other local universities for having research collaboration with 109 universities worldwide with 76 students studying in foreign universities and 175 faculty members. It is one of the top universities in the country to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and Vision 2025 of the Government. The combination of engineering & technology, medical and management sciences with higher academic quality NUST is committed to the provision of intellectual leadership and development of indigenous technology in the country.

NUST is a multi-campus university spread all over Pakistan. Its central campus is in Islamabad with other campuses at Rawalpindi, Risalpur, and Karachi. 

Arts & Design

National College of Arts –, 

In NCA, it’s a world where every individual traces himself/herself and leave traces. NCA believes that creative expression has the power to change the world therefore, it offers a number of undergraduates and graduates professional programs, 

In 1875, the Mayo School of Art was established to document the arts and crafts of Punjab. Following the partition of the Sub-continent, Mayo School underwent a process of restructuring and it became the National College of Arts. In 1958 Professor Mark Ritter Sponenberg, the first principal of NCA, introduced the modern at college curriculum. The NCA archives are considered an essential resource for research on art and history.

NCA offers undergraduate programs in Fine Art, Textile Design, Architecture, Film & TV, and Post-graduate or Master programs in Visual Art, Interior Design, Multimedia Art & others.


The Indus Valley, 

IVS was registered as a non-profit institute by a group of architects in 1990 and chartered by the Government of Sindh in 1994. IVS is recognized as the second-best Institute for Art and Design by HEC. IVS was situated in Block 5, Clifton Karachi, and then relocated to the ‘Karachi architectural heritage’ Nusserwanjee Building and completed in 2004. 

IVS is dedicated to producing architects and technically competent artists and designers. IVS offers Pre-Collegiate-Program, undergraduate program (Bachelor of Architecture, Interior Design, Textile, Fashion, Communication Design, Fine Art) and graduate programs M. Phil in Art and Design (approved by HEC).


Our Neighbor India has a population of over 132 crores with over 4354 Universities including 9 among Top 500-1000, 253 among 1001-5000, and 274 among 5001-10000. Surprisingly China with almost the same population as India has a total of 2596 Universities which is 1758 fewer Universities than India.

Where Pakistan has a population of over 22 crores with over 343 Universities including 50 among Top 1001-5000 and 41 among 5001-10000 only.

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Sohail Yousuf

Sohail Yousuf is a content writer at SPF. He is a Master's in International Relations and loves to write.

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