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QAU Celebrates Rise in Higher Education Rankings

A ceremony was held at Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) to celebrate the academic excellence as it has secured place among Top 500 Universities of the world in prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The University climbs to the 401-500th position in recent rankings from the 601- 800 position last year.

While addressing the ceremony, Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Engr. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman congratulated the faculty, staff, students and alumni for securing place in top 500 universities of the world. “It is a matter of great pride for the nation that QAU has achieved recognition at international level” said the Minister. He assured the university that all issues including the financial matter and encroachment of the university land would be solved on priority. “We have the political will to clear the QAU land from the encroachers” he added. He said that universities should introduce strict regulations to eliminate drug usage and menace of extremism on the campus and increase focus on character building of the students along with academic activities. Federal Minister also declared QAU as Flagship University of the country.

Dr. Javed Ashraf, Vice Chancellor, Quaid-i-Azam University said that commitment, dedication and hard work of the faculty is acknowledged by this international recognition. He said QAU was the only academic institution in the country that included in a list of the world’s top 500 universities in addition it has consistently been ranked top in the country by Higher Education Commission (HEC). He said during last three years on the campus his priority was to facilitate and encourage faculty to produce quality research. “The research publications of the university have touched the number 1306 in 2016 and in 2017 the number would be higher.

The President Academic Staff Association (ASA), of the University Dr. Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali also congratulated the faculty, staff and students for securing a place among Global Top 500 Universities. He requested the Minister that severe funding constraints should be addressed. He said that the Government of Pakistan and Higher Education Commission should approve a special package for Pakistan’s top varsity. After the ceremony Vice Chancellor QAU along with Deans of the faculties and Registrar briefed the media regarding different steps that university have taken to improve the standards of research and teaching on the campus.