Among other institutions of higher learning, the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF), Ghulam Ishaq Khan (GIK) Institute of Technology and University of Veterinary Sciences Lahore are ranked among 200-300 while COMSATS and Government College University Lahore are among 301+.
Of the 17 UN SDGs, THE has evaluated university performance on 11 of them in its first edition of the ranking: SDG 3 – Good health and well-being SDG 4 – Quality education SDG 5 – Gender equality SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth SDG 9 – Industry, innovation, and infrastructure SDG 10 – Reduced inequalities SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production SDG 13 – Climate action SDG 16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals.
|University Impact Rankings. Source: Times Higher Education|
A university’s final score in the overall table is calculated by combining its score in SDG 17 with its top three scores out of the remaining 10 SDGs. SDG 17 accounts for 22 per cent of the overall score, while the other SDGs each carry a weighting of 26 per cent. This means that different universities are scored based on a different set of SDGs, depending on their focus.
1. Research metrics are derived from data supplied by Elsevier. For each SDG, a specific query has been created that narrows the scope of the metric to papers relevant to that SDG. As with the World University Rankings, we are using a five-year window between 2013 and 2017. The only exception is the metric on patents that cite research under SDG 9, which relates to the timeframe in which the patents were published rather than the timeframe of the research itself. The metrics chosen for the bibliometrics differ by SDG and there are always at least two bibliometric measures used.
2. Continuous metrics measure contributions to impact that vary continually across a range – for example, the number of graduates with a health-related degree. These are usually normalized to the size of the institution. When we ask about policies and initiatives – for example, the existence of mentoring programs – our metrics require universities to provide the evidence to support their claims. In these cases we give credit for the evidence, and for the evidence being public. These metrics are not usually size normalized. Evidence is evaluated against a set of criteria and decisions are cross validated where there is uncertainty. Evidence is not required to be exhaustive – we are looking for examples that demonstrate best practice at the institutions concerned.
3. Timeframe Unless otherwise stated, the data used refer to the closest academic year to January to December 2017.
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Riaz are u sure it was Time of US?
Salman: "Riaz are u sure it was Time of US?"
It’s London based Times Higher Education (THE) which publishes its annual rankings of universities. Another org known for such rankings is Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) which is also in UK
The main problem that our universties face is low strength. Universities in Pakistan generally have 4000 students at max. While onaverage International universities have 15000-35000 students. That much number of students mean more funds to hire more P.hd’s, more research publications.
Moh: "Universities in Pakistan generally have 4000 students at max. While onaverage International universities have 15000-35000 students."
NED University has over 12,000 students...about 9,000 undergrads and 3000+graduate students
WEF Graduate skills, 2018
Pakistan ranks 51, above Italy (60), Russia (72), Turkey(94) and Brazil (124) among 140 countries.
43. S Korea
Yeah sure Paki(or Indian) graduates better skilled than Russians ( today is 58th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's first space flight BTW).
There is more...Indian graduates more skilled than Chinese,S Koreans and Japanese..really? Malaysian more skilled than Germans!
Yeah totally believable.
Pakistan ka focus should be on younger generation more than big university. I work under EDHi foundation and many many street children in big cities and have no school. One report I show to all politicians but they are very slow for change. Via your website please share in English.
The latest Pakistan Education Statistics 2016-17 reveals that the country has a staggering 44 percent of out of school children (OOSC).
Out of over 51 million children between the ages of 5 and 16 years, 56% children are attending schools from pre‐primary upto higher secondary in both public and private sectors across Pakistan while the remaining 44% children are out of schools.
Bilquis Edhi, co-head of the Edhi Foundation
14 #Pakistani varsities, including #Karachi's NED and Dawood #Engineering Universities, among the world’s best institutions in different categories https://www.geo.tv/latest/252724-14-pakistani-varsities-among-the-worlds-best-institutions-in-different-categories
The Higher Education (THE), a weekly magazine based in London that provides the world’s most influential university rankings, in its University Impact Rankings 2019 has ranked 14 Pakistani varsities among the world’s best institutions in different categories including Gender Equality, Good Health and Wellbeing, Quality Education, Decent Work, Economic Growth and others.
This year, Dawood University of Engineering and Technology has also been ranked in the category for Gender Equality. The Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons.
These 14 Pakistani varsities are NED University of Engineering and Technology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore, COMSATS University Islamabad, Government College University Lahore, International Islamic University, Islamabad, National University of Sciences and Technology, University of Peshawar, Quaid-i-Azam University, Government College University Lahore, Dawood University of Engineering and Technology, National University of Sciences and Technology, University of Malakand, King Edward Medical University and others.
To further strengthen the presence of Pakistani varsities in global rankings, Lahore University on Thursday held the first international seminar on THE Impact University Rankings. The chief guest of the event was Federal Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, and Federal Minister for National History and Literary Heritage Shafqat Mahmood.
On the occasion, the minister awarded appreciation certificate to DUET Vice-Chancellor Dr Faizullah Abbasi and lauded his efforts for placing the varsity in the rankings.
The VC said that DUET started functioning as varsity in 2013 and within few years the institute has been ranked in the world’s best education institute. “We feel proud. It’s beginning of the success and in the future DUET will try to secure better position”, he said.
#Columbia University #ranking scandal raises questions over sky-high value of an #IvyLeague education. The university drops in #US News & World Report rankings from 2nd to 18th place after admitting to cheating on data submitted. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/columbia-university-ranking-scandal-raises-130038574.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=tw&tsrc=twtr via @YahooFinance
Caught fluffing its numbers by one of its own professors, one of America’s elite eight Ivy League undergraduate schools admitted handing in homework cribbed to score higher on a placement test.
Columbia University, located in Upper Manhattan, had been ranked the second best in the prestigious 2021 U.S. News & World Report annual ranking, thanks to the use of “outdated and incorrect methodologies.” It has since been bumped down to 18th as a result of the scandal.
The charges are serious given the ongoing debate over the value of a typical college degree in the humanities, given tuition has been among the largest drivers of national inflation. Last month President Joe Biden ended a fractious debate over the hot-button political issue of student debt by ordering a portion of the over $1.6 trillion owed to the federal government to be canceled.
The admission is furthermore extremely embarrassing as academic honesty is considered the cornerstone of higher education. Students found to have cheated on an exam or plagiarized sources without attribution are subject to immediate disciplinary action that often can involve expulsion.
“Anything less than complete accuracy in the data that we report—regardless of the size or the reason—is inconsistent with the standards of excellence to which Columbia holds itself,” the university said in a statement on Friday.
Unlike in other countries, the college one attends is often much more important to potential employers than what degree they received or the strength of their grade point average. Ivy Leagues are considered the benchmark when it comes to teaching the country’s best and brightest young minds how best to analyze problems and arrive at a solution or present a logically compelling argument.
Harvard University, which has long bragged about the number of applicants it receives every year, can charge its students an arm and a leg for their education given it could only accept a record low 3.2% of applicants for its 2026 undergraduate class in April.
This culture fosters a heavy emphasis on ranking, boiling down the varied experiences of a university to a narrow number of key performance indicators. Prospective college students and their parents scour the annual special edition of U.S. News & World Report every year before making a decision as to where to apply for admission.
According to Columbia’s own calculations, tuition for this academic year alone costs $65,000; add on room and board, and you’re talking $86,000 with typically three more years still to come before a student has earned his or her undergraduate degree.
Even after adjusting for inflation, nonprofit think tank College Board estimated the cost of tuition at an average private university during the 2020–21 year has doubled relative to where it was 30 years prior. For public universities, it has nearly tripled.
Should a university like Columbia be found not to apply the kind of intellectual rigor expected, it could suffer substantially when attracting the best students and professors, not to mention raising donations from wealthy and successful alumni.
The Columbia professor who flagged the issue
Michael Thaddeus, the Columbia mathematics professor that discovered the inconsistencies, poured scorn on the system of rankings.
“Does it make sense to conclude from this folly that Columbia is the 18th best American university, worse than Cornell but better than Berkeley?” he told Gothamist. “Of course not—that would be ridiculous. The only thing that makes sense is paying no attention to these bogus rankings at all.”
The rocky road ahead for Pakistan’s start-up ecosystem | fDi Intelligence – Your source for foreign direct investment information - fDiIntelligence.com
February 22, 2023
Based out of the NED University of Engineering and Technology, NIC Karachi is funded by Pakistan’s national technology fund, Ignite, and operated by LMKT, a private tech company which runs two other NICs in the cities of Hyderabad and Peshawar.
Atif Khan, the chairman and CEO of LMKT, says the philosophy behind the incubation centres “was not to create unicorns”, but to act as digital skills development centres: “We are training and grooming a lot of talent in the country.”
NIC Karachi has already incubated more than 250 start-ups, such as ride-hailing app Bykea and London-based proptech platform Gridizen. Kamran Mahmood, the CEO of Gridizen, who recently returned to Pakistan to join NIC Karachi, says he has found it even easier to meet decision makers at large companies in Pakistan than the UK.
“[NIC Karachi] is doing an excellent job of internationalising and progressing the start-up scene in the country,” he says. Data Darbar figures show that Karachi-based start-ups attracted $236.7m of funding in 2022, equivalent to two-thirds of Pakistan's total and almost double the previous year. The financial capital is followed by Lahore ($69.2m) and Islamabad ($41.6m).
In July 2022, Pakistan’s fledgling start-up scene was dealt a major blow. Airlift, a fast delivery start-up that had raised $85m barely a year earlier, said it would permanently close operations due to the “devastating impact” of worsening economic conditions.
“This has been an extremely taxing decision that impacts a large set of stakeholders and an emerging technology ecosystem,” Airlift wrote in a statement. Start-up failures are common in more mature markets, and seen as an integral part of the innovation and disruption process. But the collapse of a company hoped to be Pakistan’s first ‘unicorn’, or start-up valued at above $1bn, rattled the country’s nascent tech scene.
Several advisors, investors and entrepreneurs tell fDi that Airlift’s failure has caused Pakistani start-up founders and investors to shift their focus away from pursuing “hyper-growth” to building more “sustainable” business models.
Similar to the caution permeating the global tech and venture capital (VC) industry, start-up funding in Pakistan has dropped considerably. Start-ups in Pakistan raised just over $15m in the final quarter of 2022, the worst volumes since the first quarter of 2020 and 79% lower than the same period a year earlier, according to Data Darbar, which tracks the Pakistani start-up scene.
“Given the global slowdown and Pakistan’s macroeconomic and political challenges, things are tough right now and will likely remain so in 2023,” says Aatif Awan, the founder of early stage venture fund Indus Valley Capital, which is focused on Pakistan and had invested in Airlift.
Several acute challenges currently facing the country — including dwindling foreign exchange reserves, security issues, blackouts and severe flood risks — are causing many young Pakistanis to leave. Despite significant obstacles, those involved in Pakistan’s ecosystem believe that the country’s demographics and rapidly digitalising economy make it an untapped opportunity with potential for long-term growth.
When Shamim Rajani co-founded her software development business Genetech Solutions in Pakistan’s commercial capital Karachi back in 2004, she remembers a “lot of stubbornness” from the government and local corporates towards the IT sector.
“Pakistan wasn’t [even] ready for women CEOs in the tech sector then,” remarks Ms Rajani, adding that she had to look for global clients in countries like the US. “Saying these words today, I don’t even believe it myself.”
Thanks for sharing such useful information , what are the ranking of Indian universities in the impact ranking of THE ?
Thanks for sharing this , Sir what does it actually means by graduate skills ? Does this index measures the performances of different students of different countries based on the skills which they developed after completing their masters program from universities ?
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