Edwardes College

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Coordinates: 51°45′40″N 1°15′12″W / 51.7611°N 1.2534°W / 51.7611; -1.2534

Edwardes College
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Edwardes College seal
Motto Ad majorem Dei gloriam (Latin)
Motto in English
For the greater glory of God
Established 1900
Type Public[1]
Location Peshawar, Pakistan
Website www.edwardes.edu.pk

Edwardes College is a higher education institution in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan. The College, affiliated with the University of Peshawar, has about 2,000 students in sciences, arts and humanities, business administration, and computer sciences.

The college's undergraduate and graduate degree programs lead to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Bachelor of Computer Science (B.S.C.), and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degrees awarded through the University of Peshawar. Edwardes also offers an A-Level program, and the Faculty of Arts (F.A.) and Faculty of Science (F.Sc.) certificates through the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Higher National Diploma (H.N.D.) program in business and information technology offers the option of a third year in an institution in the U.K., U.S.A. or Australia.

Previously a men’s college, Edwardes is now co-educational with about 200 women students and 15 women among its 85 faculty members, with numbers of women anticipated to increase over time. The college has a vital community life, which includes freedom of worship for persons of all faiths, sporting events, a debate society, drama productions, and student publications.


The Church Missionary Society established the Church Mission College in 1900 as an outgrowth of Edwardes High School, which had been founded in 1855 by the society as the first institution of western-style schooling in the northwest frontier region of what was British India at the time. For many years the college was the only institution of higher education in the northwest frontier. Sir Herbert Edwardes was a British colonial administrator and commander whose name the college later adopted. The first major college building, now known as the Old Hall, was built in 1910 in a Mogul style that was replicated in a number of the college’s later buildings. Edwardes was visited three times by the founder of the nation, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, by Mahatma Gandhi, and more recently by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. In its early years Edwardes awarded degrees through the University of Punjab, and since 1952 its degrees have been awarded through the University of Peshawar.[2]

Centenary Celebrations Postal stamp of Edwardes College by Pakistan Post, April 24, 2000


Edwardes has hostel accommodation for about 200 male students.

Women's Center[edit]

The Women's Center was established in September 2007. It consists of a semi-detached house and is set in a walled garden with access on two sides, one gate leads outside the college and the other inside the college. There is a full-time ayah who manages a stall selling tea and snacks, and separate rooms and bathrooms for women students and women faculty members.

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