Quaid-i-Azam University

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Quaid-i-Azam University
جامعہ قائداعظم
Quaid-i-Azam University Entrance.JPG
The Baab-ul-Quaid - entrance of the university
Motto وَمَن يُؤْتَ الْحِكْمَةَ فَقَدْ أُوتِيَ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا
Motto in English And He to Whom wisdom is granted receiveth indeed a benefit overflowing[1]
Established 1967 (1967)
Type Public
Chancellor President of Pakistan
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Javed Ashraf
Students 7,800[2]
Location Islamabad,  Pakistan
33°44′50″N 73°08′20″E / 33.74722°N 73.13889°E / 33.74722; 73.13889Coordinates: 33°44′50″N 73°08′20″E / 33.74722°N 73.13889°E / 33.74722; 73.13889
Campus Urban
Former names University of Islamabad
Colours Blue, White        
Nickname QAU
Affiliations HEC
Website www.qau.edu.pk

The Quaid-i-Azam University (Urdu: جامعہ قائداعظم‎; simply Qau), (formerly known as Islamabad University) is a public research university located in Islamabad, Pakistan.[3] Consisting of four faculties, nine affiliated research institutes, the university is consistently ranked as the top university in Pakistan "[4] by the HEC and is ranked by Quacquarelli Symonds ranking among the top 500 universities in the world in 2013, while it was ranked at 69th top university of the world in field of 'Engineering and Technology'.[5][6][7]

With overall ~7,800 students currently attending the university, it offers undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctoral programmes in various academic disciplines.[2] The Quaid-i-Azam University scholars have played critical role in the development of various academic disciplines including in social and natural sciences. Its school of social sciences is well known for its leading contribution to the movement in critical analysis.[2] Also, the university's school of natural sciences holds an international prestige for its leading and developmental role in physics and mathematics since its establishment.[8][9]

Covering the approximated area of 1700 acres (or 6.9 km²) below the Margalla Hills, the university is internationally known for its higher learning, technological advancement, and intellectual interaction with a joint collaboration in various academic discipline with various international institutes, including the United Nations.[2] It is one of the most popular universities in the country and has attracted world renowned scholars and intellectuals to serve as faculty, researchers, or alumni since its establishment in 1967.[9][10]

History[edit]

Quaid Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The university was renamed in honor of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan.

Quaid-i-Azam University (once named University of Islamabad) was established in July 1967 under the Act of National Assembly and started teaching and research programmes for PhD and MPhil degrees. However, it later decided to offer Master’s, graduate, and now undergraduate programmes. Currently, the Quaid-i-Azam University has four faculties, 38 Departments, Institutes,Schools and Centers (DISC's).

Faculties and departments[edit]

Stupa on the campus
Faculty Building of the Defence & Strategic Studies Department

Quaid-i-Azam University consists of four faculties and following Departments, Institutes/ Schools are working under these faculties;

Faculty of Natural Sciences[edit]

Faculty of Social Sciences[edit]

Faculty of Biological Sciences[edit]

Faculty of Medical Science[edit]

Institutes
  • National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research (NIHCR) Center for Excellence
  • Saulat Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Research
  • Center of Excellence in Gender Studies
  • National Institute of Psychology
  • National Institute of Pakistan Studies
  • Area Study Centre for Africa, North & South America [12]
Chairs
  • Quaid-i-Azam Chair
  • Benzair Bhutto Chair
  • Rumi Chair (In pipeline)

Rankings and reputation[edit]

University and college Rankings
General – International
QS (Asian)[13] 119

For QS Top 10 Asian universities QAU was ranked 6th in natural science category for year 2010.[14] The university was overall ranked between 100-200 among the QS world top universities in 2007 and 2009.[15] According to the latest 2012 ranking of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam University is ranked first in the general category.[16] As per rankings of OIC universities, QAU stood first in ranking among Muslim countries universities. More than 80% of the teachers hold doctoral degrees and have overseas experience.[17]

Programmes[edit]

Degree Specialization
Bachelor's (B.A, BS.,BBA, Pharm,D) Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economic, Electronics, Geo-physics, Information Technology, Law, Mathematics, Pharmacy, Physics, Statistics,
Master's (MA, MSC, MPA) Animal Sciences, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Defense & Strategic Studies, Earth Sciences, Economics, Electronics, Gender Studies, History, Information Technology, International Relations, Linguistics, Mathematics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Pakistan Studies, Physics, Plant Sciences, Political Science, Political Studies, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics.
Master of Science (MS) Archaeology, Business Administration, Gender Studies, Linguistics.
Master of Philosophy American Studies, Animal Sciences, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Defense & Strategic Studies, Earth Sciences, Economics, Electronics, Environmental Sciences, History, International Relations, Management Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology, Pakistan Studies, Pharmacy, Physics, Plant Sciences, Psychology and Statistics
PhD All engineering disciplines, interdisciplinary areas, science disciplines and the humanities and social sciences.

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

Prominent development economist Shamshad Akhtar heads the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and prior to that was the Vice President of the World Bank, is an Quaidian.
Dr. Maliha Lodhi served as the High Commissioner of Pakistan to the United Kingdom and prior to that, twice as the Pakistan Ambassador to the United States, she is also a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abdullah Yusuf Ali Translation of Al-Qura'an 2: 269
  2. ^ a b c d "Qau introduction". Qau press. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Qau address". Google maps. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Overall Top 10 HEIs of Pakistan". Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  5. ^ QAU ranked 69th among world top 100 universities
  6. ^ Haq, Riaz (June 17, 2013). "2013 rank: Three Pakistani universities among world’s top 200". Express Tribune, June 17, 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Naeem, Waqas (July 6, 2013). "Where to study: HEC releases university rankings for 2013". Express Tribune, July 6, 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Institute of Theoretical Physics, Qau". Institute of Theoretical Physics, Qau. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Dept. of Mathematics. "Dept. of Mathematics". Dept. of Mathematics. Dept. of Mathematics. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Yusuf, Sohail (23 February 2012). "Quaid-e-Azam University declared as top university of Pakistan". Dawn news, 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  11. ^ http://qau.edu.pk/law/
  12. ^ "ASC, QAU".  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  13. ^ "QS Asian University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  14. ^ Asian Universities Ranking 2007
  15. ^ Ranking of World Top Universities
  16. ^ Ranking of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Recognized Universities in Pakistan
  17. ^ "Ranking of Universities". Organization of Islamic Conference. 

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