Quaid-i-Azam University

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Quaid-i-Azam University
جامعہ قائداعظم
Former names
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'[1]
Type Public
Established 1967 (1967)
Chancellor President of Pakistan
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Javed Ashraf
Students 9700[2]
Location Islamabad, 45320, 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
Colours Blue and white        
Nickname QAU
Affiliations HEC
Website www.qau.edu.pk

The Quaid-i-Azam University (Urdu: جامعہ قائداعظم‎; simply QAU) is a public research university located in Islamabad, Pakistan.[3]

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.[2] The university has, as of 2015, grown into the largest varsity in Islamabad with a total enrollment excedding 13,000 students.[2] The university is located on a 1700 acres (or 6.9 km²) capmus on the foothills of the Margalla.[4]

Divided into four faculties and nine affiliated research institutes, QAU is among Pakistan's largest and highest ranked public universities.[5][6] Globally, it is has been consistently ranked among the top 700 varisity's in the world by the QS World University Rankings[7] while it's regional publications ranked QAU among 120 in Asia in 2013.[8] While the Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked it between 501-600 globally and top 120 in Asia in 2014.[9][10]

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.[2][11] 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. 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[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 consists of four faculties. The 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]


  • 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[13]
  • Quaid-i-Azam Chair
  • Benzair Bhutto Chair
  • Rumi Chair (in pipeline)

Rankings and reputation[edit]

University and college rankings
General – international
QS (World)[15] 496[14]
QS (Asian)[16] 89
Business – India

For QS Top 10 Asian universities, QAU was ranked 6th in the natural science category in 2010.[17] The university was overall ranked between 100-200 among the QS world top universities in 2007 and 2009.[18] According to the latest 2012 ranking of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam University is ranked first in the general category.[19] 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.[20]


Degree Specialization
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 [21]
Master's (BBS, MSc, MBA and MPA) Animal Sciences, Anthropology, Archaeology,[22] 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,[22] 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[edit]


  1. ^ Abdullah Yusuf Ali Translation of Al-Qura'an 2: 269
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  5. ^ "HEC announces university rankings - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  6. ^ "5th Ranking of Pakistani Higher Education Institutions" (PDF). 5th Ranking of Pakistani Higher Education Institutions. February 23, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Six Pakistani institutes among world's top 800 universities - The Express Tribune". 2016-03-09. Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  8. ^ "2013 rank: Three Pakistani universities among world's top 200 - The Express Tribune". 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  9. ^ Quaid-i-azam University Pakistan
  10. ^ "Overall Top 10 HEIs of Pakistan". Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. 6 March 2012. Archived from the original on August 26, 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "International collaboration: Moot on plasma physics next week - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Area Study Centre for Africa, North & South America". Pakamstudies.Wordpress. Retrieved 2016-09-01. 
  14. ^ http://www.dawn.com/news/1146188
  15. ^ "QS World University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  16. ^ "QS Asian University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  17. ^ Asian Universities Ranking 2007 Archived February 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Ranking of World Top Universities Archived April 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ Ranking of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Recognized Universities in Pakistan Archived June 27, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ "Ranking of Universities" (PDF). Organization of Islamic Conference. 
  21. ^ "Admission @Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan". admissions.qau.edu.pk. Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  22. ^ a b Taxila institute of asian civilizations

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