National University of Sciences and Technology has made its distinction in the list of ‘Top 500 World Universities’, and is the only Pakistani university keeping this honour since 2007 as per the ranking taken by the world’s most famous and prestigious ranking agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), UK.
NUST has got 417th position in the ranking list of 2012-13. Besides overall ranking of the universities, QS also prepares subject-wise rankings, in which NUST has been placed at 324th rank in the discipline of engineering & technology. It speaks volumes of the hard work put in by the NUST management and faculty in terms of improving infrastructure, providing quality education, conducting innovative research, establishing international linkages, engaging in collaborative research with leading international universities/-organisations, participating in international exchange programs and producing graduates who are welcomed by national and international industry, business, academia and market.
The central campus has been established at Sector H-12, Islamabad to cater for the fast-growing requirements of a technologically advanced campus of science and technology. Besides the Rectorate, new high-tech postgraduate schools, centers and institutes have been established at this campus. Undergraduate and postgraduate programs have commenced from Fall 2008 and a number of new programs are planned to commence from Fall 2010.
According to a list assembled by QS World University Rankings, Cambridge University has lost its place as the top university of the world, slipping to second behind the American Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Harvard, which was on top for six years between 2004 and 2009, and is the world’s wealthiest university, with an endowment of more than £20 billion, was ranked third. Oxford University was placed at fifth place behind University College London (UCL), while Imperial College London ranked sixth.
Britain still has four universities in the top ten, the same as last year, and 18 in the top 100, one fewer than last year’s rankings. The rest of the top ten are other American universities.