According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020, Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) is the only Pakistani university to be ranked among the top 500 universities in the world.
The 2020 edition for the annual ranking includes approximately 1,400 universities from across 92 countries.
14 Pakistani universities selected among them, QAU is the top-ranked university then COMSATS, and University of Agriculture Faisalabad came on 3rd number.
Since 2017, The University of Oxford in the United Kingdom which has held the position. The standing of the California Institute of Technology has improved position and taking second number in the top 500 ranking, while the University of Cambridge came on third.
Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are also among the top five ranked universities.
Rankings matter a lot. Participation in rankings brings a positive competition. It increases in the number of participants, international standing and improves job market for graduates of those universities.
The main competing points in the ranking race are research, teaching, international outlook, industry income and recognition through certifications in recognized journals.
Unfortunately, these important areas are not in our mind, hence there are no world class elite institutions in Pakistan.
The ranking should be a lesson for our education policymakers. It is high time that Pakistani universities take the international rankings seriously.