Best Colleges in Pakistan in 2022
1. Introduction to Best Colleges in Pakistan
Best Colleges in Pakistan, published by Best Colleges in Asia and Middle East (BCAME), is an annual ranking of the best universities in the world, based on a combination of factors such as the quality of education, research, alumni network, and employer reputation.
It ranks universities according to their four-year graduation rate (a metric that takes into account both graduation rates of students and graduates). Graduation rates are calculated on a 1:1 basis between students who apply and students who actually enroll. Therefore every university has a 1:1 co-relation to its actual graduation rate.
The data comes from the most recent data published by Higher Education Information Network (HERI) on all degree programs offered by leading universities in each country. Heri publishes this data annually while Best Colleges in Asia & Middle East (BCAME) publishes its rankings annually.
The table below lists all countries covered by the two sources. Note that Heri includes selected countries as well as some not covered by HERI, but ranked higher than them (such as Iran). For example, Bahrain is included but ranked lower than Qatar; China is included but ranked lower than Hong Kong; etc.
2. History of Education in Pakistan
In a country that is increasingly connected to the world, it is not surprising that a single institution can be a source of pride for many people. The best colleges in Pakistan are often touted as the most prestigious in their respective regions or even the whole country. The student body of these institutions is rich, and therefore rich families hold the power to choose the next crop of top students. But who decides which college is going to be chosen?
For this article, I am going to take a look at several institutions whose names have been known for years, but who is slowly fading into obscurity. In most cases, it is not because they are not worthy schools; it’s due to a lack of funding and support. More importantly, these schools need some serious marketing help in order to make sure they stay relevant and don’t become marginalized due to outdated curriculums and outdated traditions.
Let me introduce you to five institutions that deserve some love now:
1) King Abdulaziz University (KAU) – It has been around since 1927 and is one of the oldest universities in the country. It was founded by King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud (the king of Saudi Arabia) on July 8th, 1927 as King Abdulaziz University (KADU). In 1952, it changed its name and became King Abdulaziz University (KAU). Currently rated among the top 100 universities globally by QS World Rankings, KAU boasts a rich history with an impressive alumni list. In addition to regular sessions on campus all year long, there are dedicated events such as annual symposia or festivals held every year in October. One can also find other programs like diaspora education programs or international studies programs offered by KAU for those interested in pursuing study abroad or international career opportunities abroad. KAU also offers study abroad options through its On-Campus Study Abroad Program, along with other services like financial support programs, scholarships, etc.
2) Aligarh Muslim University – The oldest university in India, AMU was established in 1876 by Sheikh Ahmad al-Faisal Al-Hussaini Al-Hussaini (1848–1925). It was first affiliated with Victoria College of London before becoming affiliated with Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Amritsar on August 24th, 1889. AMU’s mission statement reads like this; “It aims at providing students the opportunity of acquiring
3. Top Colleges in Pakistan
The best colleges in Pakistan in 2022 are a category for one very simple reason: It is a guideline to help us understand what’s going on at the college level in Pakistan. By having so many options, it becomes very hard to know which institution to pick, which college to attend, and how much you can expect from your coursework. We have broken that into 9 categories for you:
3. Humanities & Social Sciences
4. Business & Management
5. Agriculture & Biosciences
4. Ranking of Universities and Colleges in Pakistan
This is an important question because it gives us a glimpse of the state of competition amongst universities and colleges in Pakistan. What is emerging from this research is that the quality of education that universities and colleges produce can vary widely, even within the same discipline.
Pakistan has two major universities: the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad and the Punjab University (PU) in Lahore. NUST prides itself on being one of the top 10 universities worldwide, but at least these rankings fail to mention others like QUT, which or have not been classified by NUST as a “light-touch” university (which means it doesn’t have a degree classification).
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has listed 201 “bold” universities with 471 “medium-sized” ones, and 771 “small-scale” ones. The smallest one was Quaid-i-Azam University in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with only two campuses. The largest one was Punjab Agricultural University with 144 campuses across 3 provinces: Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan. The rankings are based on criteria such as student enrollment ratio, faculty numbers/student ratio, and academic reputation.
There are many good institutions out there that could easily be rated as among the best in Pakistan; no doubt they are some of the most successful businesses around: Wazirganj College near Faizabad is one such example. But they are not ranked ever since 2008 when UGC began ranking them (there were plenty more before then). In fact, only 5% or 10% of Pakistanis can even claim to be university graduates today!
The stock answer to this question is that rankings give you some indication about how much competition you are facing while you are building your business — but being honest here I would say it isn’t enough information unless you have a very strong feel for what you need to do or have some kind of metrics for measuring those things going forward.
A final note about rankings; UGC does not rank private institutions — just public ones; however, private institutes do publish their own ranks which serve as self-assessment tools for their students — so this isn’t entirely useless information either.
5. Findings and Recommendations
You’ve heard the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” And so it is with this article. The picture is of what we know:
Pakistan has the fourth-largest economy in the world. It has one of the fastest-growing domestic economies, and it has one of the fastest-growing global economies. But that’s not all. Pakistan also boasts a large pool of educated young adults who are eager for an opportunity to make their mark in the world, even if only for a few years or months. This year, we’ll be turning our attention to Pakistan’s universities, and we will be sharing some of our findings and recommendations on how those universities can improve their knowledge sharing programs…
There are well over 1,000 universities in Pakistan, more than any other Asian country except Japan. Of course, many of these have only been around for a short time (or have never existed at all). As such, there are many under-performing schools and institutions that you could easily overlook if you were just looking at the numbers. But we think it is important to give you a deeper understanding of what each university is doing right now and how they plan to improve in the future…
6. Conclusion: Best University in Pakistan 2022
In the last decade, universities around the world have engaged in a mad dash to be recognized and to be the best. In Pakistan, a group of them have been working hard to get that recognition. But which university(s) should we look at for the best universities in Pakistan in 2022?
I’ve had a chance to take a close look at criteria used by various rankings and other official rankings such as (but not limited to) Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS Best Universities Ranking, Global Googlers Ranking, etc., and I have come up with my own ranking of what I consider to be the best universities in Pakistan.
I’m not saying these are exactly right or wrong; I just want you to know what I think they are.