Pakistan’s Education Concerns Rise as Only Three Universities Make the Cut in 2024 QS Asia Rankings

The recently released 2024 QS Asia University Rankings have sparked concerns about the state of education in Pakistan, as only three universities from the country made the list, a significant drop from the previous year’s 15. Quaid-i-Azam University emerged as the top Pakistani institution, securing the 86th spot, and it is the sole university from Pakistan to enter the top 100. However, this marks a decline from last year’s rankings. Iqra University, Karachi, and Allama Iqbal Open University also made the list but in lower brackets.

In contrast, India outperformed China with an impressive 148 universities on the list, highlighting India’s dominance in the Asian academic landscape. The top three spots in the rankings were claimed by Perking University, The University of Hong Kong, and the National University of Singapore (NUS).

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The drop in the number of Pakistani universities on the list raises questions about the country’s education standards. Quaid-i-Azam University’s performance, while notable, underscores the challenges faced by Pakistani institutions in maintaining a competitive position regionally. The rankings reflect the broader academic landscape in Asia, with Nanyang Technological University, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Fudan University, Yonsei University, Korea University, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong rounding out the top 10. The disparity in rankings between countries highlights the need for strategic improvements in Pakistan’s higher education system to enhance global competitiveness.

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