According to Times Higher Education World University Rankings, no Pakistani university makes it to the list of top 500 universities in the world. It is indeed a very shameful and sad news for the Higher Education Commission and the country.
The Times Higher Education Ranking is different from other rankings in a way that it considers all the universities in the world and they are from the most reputed higher education ranking authority.
The Global Higher Education Rankings
Two Pakistani universities made it to the top 800 in the list. One is Quaid-e-Azam University which was ranked between 501 – 600 while the other is National University of Science and Technology (NUST) which was ranked between 601 – 800.
The California Institute of Technology (Caltec) grabs the first position in the rankings, with Stanford University in third place, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 5th place and Harvard University made it to the 6th place.
While Pakistan’s only two universities are included in the top 800 list, other countries like India has 17 universities included in the list, 37 universities from China, 3 from Saudi Arabia, 11 from Turkey, and 8 from Iran are included in the rankings.
The criteria for the ranking is based on some key performance indicators which are divided into five major categories. These are teaching, research, international outlook, citations, and industry income.
The number of universities considered also increases this year from 400 universities from 41 countries to 800 universities from 71 countries of the world.
A Wake Up Call For The Higher Education in Pakistan
It is very sad to mention that Pakistan’s education spending is less than 3% of its total GDP in the previous years. It is indeed a very pathetic amount for any country.
Since last few years, the education standard of Pakistan is falling at a very steady rate and the government should take serious steps for the betterment of education in the country. It is high time for the government to take notice of the situation before it is to late.
This is something which requires the collaboration of government and officials from Higher Education by bringing forth better professionals and indeed honest professionals to the field.
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