Aga Khan University has maintained its position as the top medical university in Pakistan in the Higher Education Commission’s latest ranking of public and private universities in the country.
Following the QS World University Ranking criteria, HEC has ranked Pakistani universities on several parameters considered in a comprehensive selection process including quality assurance, teaching quality, research, finance and facilities, and social integration or community development to get a reasonable reflection of higher education development in the country.
To demonstrate standing by subject, HEC ranked universities in six categories, which included general, engineering and technology, business education, agriculture and veterinary, medical, and arts and design.
In the medical category, AKU was ranked the best followed by the University of Health Sciences, Dow University of Health Sciences, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Khyber Medical University, and King Edward Medical University.
While announcing the ranking, HEC Chairperson Dr Javaid R. Laghari said that the primary purpose of the ranking exercise was to drive the higher education institutions towards improved quality and research, and promote a culture for participation in the world rankings. He went to added that ranking universities was a global practice undertaken to fuel competition in education, research and innovation.
Dr Laghari informed the media that from the next year OIC will also adopt HEC’s criteria for ranking the universities of its member countries.
Published July 6, 2013
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