|University of Islamabad|
|Motto||وَمَن يُؤْتَ الْحِكْمَةَ فَقَدْ أُوتِيَ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا|
Motto in English
|'And he to whom wisdom is granted receiveth indeed a benefit overflowing'|
|Chancellor||President of Pakistan|
|Vice-Chancellor||Dr. Javed Ashraf|
|Colours||Blue and white|
Founded as the University of Islamabad in 1977, it was initially dedicated to the study of postgraduate education but expanded through the 1980s to an interdisciplinarity university offering both under and post graduate education. The university has, as of 2015, grown into the largest varsity in Islamabad with a total enrollment excedding 13,000 students. The university is located on a 1700 acres (or 6.9 km²) capmus on the foothills of the Margalla.
Divided into four faculties and nine affiliated research institutes, QAU is among Pakistan's largest and highest ranked public universities. Globally, it is has been consistently ranked among the top 700 varisity's in the world by the QS World University Rankings while it's regional publications ranked QAU among 120 in Asia in 2013. While the Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked it between 501-600 globally and top 120 in Asia in 2014.
The university is nationally known for its research, technological advancement, and intellectual interaction with international institutes, including the United Nations, University of Tokyo and the ICTP. It is one of the most popular universities in the country and count's several public figure's and intellectuals among it's current and former faculty, researchers, or alumni since its establishment. Among them include the Maleeha Lodhi, Pervez Hoodbhoy, Nasim Zehra, Shamshad Akhtar, Suhail Zubairy, Farzana Aslam, Tasneem Zehra and Salma Zahid. The university is currently led by Dr. Javed Ashraf.
Quaid-i-Azam University (once named University of Islamabad) was established in July 1977 under the Act of National Assembly and started teaching and research programmes for PhD and MPhil degrees. It later decided to offer Master’s, graduate, and now undergraduate programmes.
Quaid-i-Azam University has four faculties and 38 departments, institutes, schools and centers (DISCs).
Faculties and departments
Quaid-i-Azam University consists of four faculties. The following departments, institutes/schools are working under these faculties:
Faculty of Natural Sciences
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Computer Science
- Department of Earth Sciences
- Department of Electronics
- Institute of Information Technology
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Physics
- Department of Statistics
Faculty of Social Sciences
- Quaid-i-Azam School of Management Sciences (QASMS)
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Sociology 
- Department of Linguistics
- Department of Defence & Strategic Studies
- School of Economics
- Department of History
- School of Politics and International Relations
- School of Law
- Taxila Institute of Asian Civilizations
Faculty of Biological Sciences
- National Center for Bioinformatics
- Department of Animal Sciences
- Department of Biochemistry
- Department of Microbiology
- Department of Plant Sciences
- Department of Environmental Sciences
- QAU School of Medicine
- Department of Pharmacy
- Department of Biotechnology
Faculty of Medical Science
- Al-Shifa Eye Trust Hospital Rawalpindi
- Army Forces Post Graduate Medical Institute
- Health Services Academy, Islamabad
- Federal Medical & Dental College
- Quaid e Azam Postgraduate Medical College, PIMS
- Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad
- 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
- Quaid-i-Azam Chair
- Benzair Bhutto Chair
- Rumi Chair (in pipeline)
Rankings and reputation
|University and college rankings|
|General – international|
|Business – India|
For QS Top 10 Asian universities, QAU was ranked 6th in the natural science category in 2010. The university was overall ranked between 100-200 among the QS world top universities in 2007 and 2009. According to the latest 2012 ranking of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam University is ranked first in the general category. As per rankings of OIC universities, QAU stood first in ranking among Muslim countries universities. More than 80% of the professors hold doctoral degrees and have overseas experience.
|Bachelor's (B.A, BS., BBA, PharmD)||Computer Science, Chemistry, Electronics, Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Botany, Environmental Sciences, Microbiology, Zoology, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, Business Administration, Information Technology, L.L.B , Pharm-D |
|Master's (BBS, MSc, MBA and 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)||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, Sociology and Statistics|
|PhD||All engineering disciplines, interdisciplinary areas, science disciplines and the humanities and social sciences.|
Notable alumni and faculty
Prominent development economist Shamshad Akhtar heads the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and before that was the vice president of the World Bank.
Muhammad Raziuddin Siddiqui was an eminent Pakistani theoretical physicist and a renowned mathematician. He made advance contributions in mathematical physics as well as work on the theory of relativity -->
Asghar Qadir is a renowned Pakistani mathematician and a prominent cosmologist; he specialised in mathematical physics and physical cosmology.
Nasim Zehra is a Pakistani anchor and a columnist.
Naela Chohan is a Pakistani diplomat and women rights activist who was the first female foreign diplomat to serve in Iran following the 1979 Revolution.
- Nisar Ali Khan
- Ahmed Hassan Dani
- Marriyum Aurangzeb
- Muhammad Suhail Zubairy
- Akbar S. Ahmed
- Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema
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- Noor Muhammad
- Tasneem M. Shah
- Mazhar Mahmood Qurashi
- Qaiser Mushtaq
- Shamshad Akhtar
- Raziuddin Siddiqui
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