Top Universities in Pakistan

universities in pakistan

Pakistan is a developing country that is developing and improving at a very high pace. With the advancements in science and technology, development in the infrastructure, and stability in the economy, Pakistan is also developing in the education sector by leaps and bounds.

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Currently, Pakistan has a huge number of public and private universities that are producing skilled graduates.

Here is a list of famous universities in Pakistan that are known for their beautiful campuses, a wide variety of subjects being offered to the students, and good facilities.


Top Universities in Pakistan


University in PakistanCitySector
1. University of the PunjabLahorePublic
2. Aga Khan University KarachiPrivate
3. National University of Sciences and TechnologyIslamabadSemi-Government
4. Lahore University of Management SciencesLahorePrivate
5. Lahore University of Management SciencesLahorePrivate
6. COMSATS Institute of Information TechnologyLahorePublic

1. University of Punjab

The University of Punjab is one of the oldest universities in Pakistan which was established in 1882. It is a nonprofit university located at the prime location of Canal Road. The university has other campuses in other cities as well including Gujranwala and Jhelum. 

It is also an HEC-recognized university with 5 Campuses, 13 Faculties, 10 Constituent Colleges, over 73 Departments, Centres, Institutes, and 658 affiliated colleges. It also has 1006 full-time and 300 part-time faculty members; and a student body of over 30,000-34,999 students. 

The university is also affiliated with the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), National Business, Education Accreditation Council (NBEAC), National Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (NACTE), and Pharmacy Council of Pakistan (PCP).

The university provides undergraduate, postgraduate, and Ph.D. degrees in various disciplines. 

The university also provides many facilities to the students including a library, research facilities, hostel facilities, good cafes, and multiple laboratories. 

The university also provides scholarships and financial assistance to deserving students. 

Some of the academic areas covered by the university include:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Business & Social Sciences 
  • Language & Cultural 
  • Medicine & Health 
  • Engineering
  • Science & Technology


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2. Aga Khan University

Aga Khan is one of the largest universities in Pakistan and one of the most famous universities in Karachi. It is a non-profit educational institute, established in 1983 in the heart of Karachi. Aga Khan University also has the honour of campuses across the world including London, Nairobi, Kampala, Dar es Salaam, and Kabul. 

Aga Khan University has a student body of over 3000 students in Pakistan who are enrolled in different programs including pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor degrees, master degrees, and doctorate degrees. The academic areas covered by the university are Arts, Humanities, Medicine & Health. 

AKU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids, scholarships, study abroad, and exchange programs.



3. National University of Sciences and Technology

NUST is one of the most famous and well-reputed universities in Pakistan. Founded in 1991 as a semi-government university, NUST has been providing exceptional education to students ever since.  It is one of the top universities in Islamabad. The university also has campuses in the following locations: Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Risalpur.

Currently, NUST is positioned at #355 amongst the universities of the world and #83 in Asia as per the 2020/21 rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). More recently, the University has also ascended to #41 amongst the Top 50 under-50 universities of the world.

Some of the disciples offered by the university include:

  • Engineering, IT, and Computer Sciences
  • Business Studies, Social Sciences, and Architecture
  • Natural and Applied Biosciences


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Recently, collaborated with NUST and introduced Pakistan’s first Real Estate course. This course will not only help professionals in the field of RE science but will also help students who want to pursue their careers in the real estate industry.


4. Lahore University of Management Sciences

Lahore University of Management Sciences, commonly known as LUMS is one of the best business schools in Pakistan and a famous university in Lahore. Apart from business studies, the school is also famous for its other professional degrees.

LUMS was founded in 1985 as a nonprofit private university. Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) is currently offering courses and programs including bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees in many disciplines. Apart from the basic curriculum, the university also emphasizes extracurricular activities including sports, debates, and other local and international competitions. 

Some of the famous societies and clubs at the university include the LUMS Entrepreneurial Society (LES), LUMS Law & Politics Society, Sports Society at LUMS, LUMS Community Service Society (LCSS), AIESEC, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), LUMS Model United Nations and LUMS Society of Chemical Sciences & Engineering (LSCSE).


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5. University of Management and Technology

The University of Management and Technology (UMT) is one of the best research universities in Lahore. It is chartered by the Government of Punjab and is recognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) as a UMT project of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Trust which was established in 1990.

The University is a member of the Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN), The Association of Advance Collegiate Institutions of Business (AACSB), the Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA), the Association of Management Development Institutions in Pakistan (AMDIP), and European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

The university provides different programs including bachelor, master’s, and PhD in 125 programs including Commerce, Accounting, Business Administration, Banking and Finance, Business and IT, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Aviation, Management, Supply Chain, Textile Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Information Systems, Linguistics, Media and Communication, School Management, Social Sciences, Educational Leadership Management, Law, English Language Teaching, Dairy Science and Technology, Food Science and Technology, etc.

Apart from curricular activities, the university also places special emphasis on extracurricular activities. The university has multiple societies and clubs for the physical and psychological development of the students. Some of the societies that are very active at UMT are the Gaming Zone, Literary Society, Debating Society, Character Building Society, Drama Club, Comedy Club, Media Club, and Quizzical Society.


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6. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology

The next university on our list is COMSATS. It is a nonprofit educational institute located at the prime location of Defence Road. It is one of the few universities in Pakistan which has multiple locations including Abbottabad, Attock, Lahore, Wah, Vehari, and Sahiwal. 
COMSATS has a student body of around 30,000-34,999 students and a highly qualified faculty of 2000. The university offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees in different fields including:

  •  Architecture
  • Art and Design
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Management Sciences
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Pharmacy
  • Statistics


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So, these are some of the best and most famous universities in Pakistan. All these educational institutes are providing exceptional education to the students, that too at an affordable price.

If you have any queries regarding these aforementioned universities, leave a comment in the comment section below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.




Which is the No.1 university in Pakistan?

As of 2022, total 6 universities were ranked in top 1000 by QS World University Rankings: NUST (#334), Quaid-i-Azam University (#378), PIEAS (#398), LUMS (#651), University of Punjab (#701) and UET, Lahore (#801).


Which is the top 1 private university in Pakistan?

Aga Khan University with a regional ranking of 35.


What are the 3 best universities?

The University of Oxford tops the ranking for the eighth year in a row, but others in the top five have seen shifts in their ranks. Stanford University moves up to second place, pushing Harvard University down to fourth. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) climbs up two places to third this year.


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