Quaid-i-Azam University

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Quaid-I-Azam University
جامعہ قائداعظم
Former names
University of Islamabad
Mottoوَمَن يُؤْتَ الْحِكْمَةَ فَقَدْ أُوتِيَ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا
Motto in English
'And he to whom wisdom is granted receiveth indeed a benefit overflowing'[1]
EstablishedJuly 22, 1967; 54 years ago (July 22, 1967)
Academic affiliations
Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC)
ChancellorPresident of Pakistan
Vice-ChancellorDr. Muhammad Ali
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
ColoursBlue and white

Quaid-I-Azam University Islamabad (Urdu: جامعہ قائداعظم‎; commonly referred to as QAU), founded as University of Islamabad, is a public research university in Islamabad, Pakistan.[3][4]

Founded as the University of Islamabad in 1967, it was initially dedicated to the study of postgraduate education but expanded through the 1980s to an interdisciplinary university offering undergraduate and postgraduate education.[2] The university has, as of 2015, grown into the largest varsity in Islamabad with a total enrollment exceeding 13,000 students.[2] The university is on a 1700 acres (or 6.9 km²) campus on the foothills of the Margalla.[5]

Divided into four faculties and nine affiliated research institutes, QAU is among Pakistan's largest and highest ranked public universities.[6][7] In 2020, it is ranked between 510-520 overall whilst in Physics, Mathematics and agriculture departments ranked 225th, 225th and 125th respectively worldwide, in emerging economics it's ranked below 100 which is probably a prestige, and also ranked 111th in Asia by the QS World University Rankings[8] while its regional publications ranked QAU among 120 in Asia in 2013.[9] The Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked QAU between 401-500 globally and top 75 in Asia in its 2020 lists.

The university has intellectual interaction with international institutes, including the United Nations, University of Tokyo and the ICTP.[2][10] It is one of the most popular universities in the country and counts several public figures and intellectuals among its current and former faculty, researchers, or alumni since its establishment. They include Maleeha Lodhi, Nasim Zehra, Shamshad Akhtar, Suhail Zubairy, Abdul Rashid Ghazi, Farzana Aslam, Tasneem Zehra and Salma Zahid. The university is currently led by Professor Muhammad Ali.


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The university was renamed in honor of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah (1876-1948), founder of Pakistan.

The University of Islamabad was established on 22 July 1967 by the Government of Pakistan. It was renamed as Quaid-i-Azam University in honor of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan in 1976 - which was the year of his birth centenary. However, the spelling of the University's name were kept different i.e. "i" was used instead of "e" for Ezāfe that links the two words in Jinnah's title Quaid-e-Azam.

The University offered teaching and research programs for PhD and MPhil degrees in the beginning and later offered Master's programs. The University now offers undergraduate programs as well.

Quaid-i-Azam University has four different faculties and 38 departments, institutes, schools and centers.

Faculties and departments[edit]

Dr. Raziuddin Siddiqui Memorial Library (Main Library) at Quaid-i-Azam University

Quaid-i-Azam University consists of four faculties. The following departments, institutes/schools work under these faculties:

Faculty of Natural Sciences[edit]

Faculty of Social Sciences[edit]

  • School of Law
  • 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
  • Taxila institute of Asian civilizations
  • Department of Psychology

Faculty of Biological Sciences[edit]

Faculty of Medical Science[edit]


  • 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[edit]

University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[11]701-800
QS World[12]454
QS Employability[12]19.8
THE World[12]401–500
USNWR Global[13]559
Regional – Overall
QS Asia[12]133
THE Asia[12]79
National – Overall
HEC National[14]1

Quaid-i-Azam University was ranked 651-700 in the world by the QS World University Rankings of 2018[12] and 133 in Asia.[12]

For QS Top 10 Asian universities, QAU was ranked 6th in the natural science category in 2010.[15] The university was overall ranked between 100-200 among the QS world top universities in 2007 and 2009.[15] According to the latest 2019 ranking of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam University is ranked first in the general category.[16] According to Times Higher Education Latest Rankings 2020, QAU is the only Pakistani University to be ranked among the world top 500 universities.

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]


  1. ^ "Al-Baqara - سورة البقرة - ( The Cow ) - Read Quran القران الكريم in English translation by Yusuf Ali".
  2. ^ a b c d "QAU Introduction". QAU Press. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  3. ^ Promotion of S&T stressed Dawn (newspaper), Published 20 February 2002, Retrieved 9 February 2020
  4. ^ "QAU Location Address". Google maps website. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  5. ^ Yusuf, Suhail (23 February 2012). "Quaid-e-Azam University declared as top university of Pakistan". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  6. ^ "HEC announces university rankings". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 23 February 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  7. ^ "5th Ranking of Pakistani Higher Education Institutions" (PDF). 5th Ranking of Pakistani Higher Education Institutions. 23 February 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 March 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  8. ^ QAU on TopUniversities.com website Retrieved 2 September 2020
  9. ^ Riazul Haq (17 June 2013). "2013 rank: Three Pakistani universities among world's top 200 - The Express Tribune (newspaper)". Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  10. ^ "International collaboration: Moot on plasma physics next week - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  11. ^ Academic Rankings of World Universities Retrieved 2 September 2020
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "The World University Rankings: Quaid i Azam University". 1 October 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  13. ^ US News & World Report's rankings of Best Global Universities: Quaid-i-Azam University Retrieved 1 September 2020
  14. ^ HEC Universities Ranking 2015
  15. ^ a b "Overview of Quaid-i-Azam University". TopUniversities.com website. 13 February 2011. Archived from the original on 15 April 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  16. ^ "Ranking of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) Recognized Universities in Pakistan". Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  17. ^ Profile of Abrar ul Haq on Forum Pakistan website Published 26 February 2010, Retrieved 12 February 2020
  18. ^ a b "Profile of Asghar Qadir on Computational Complexities Innovations & Solutions website". 6 November 2009. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  19. ^ Maryam Aurangzeb to take oath as State Minister for Information today The News International (newspaper), Published 1 November 2016, Retrieved 2 September 2020
  20. ^ Renowned academic Dr Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema passes away The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 16 February 2019, Retrieved 13 February 2020

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