List of universities in Pakistan

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University of the Punjab, established in 1882 in Lahore, is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Pakistan.

Higher education in Pakistan is the systematic process of students continuing their education beyond secondary school, learned societies and two-year colleges. The governance of higher education is maintained under the Higher Education Commission (Pakistan) (HEC) which oversees the financial funding, research outputs and teaching quality in the country.[1] In Pakistan, the higher education system includes the public, private and military universities, all accredited by the HEC. Since independence, new universities have expanded throughout the country with support provided by the University Grants Commission (UGC), which had been an autonomous institution of recognizing universities until 2002 when it was preceded by the Higher Education Commission. Pakistan produces about 445,000 university graduates and 10,000 computer science graduates annually.[2] Following public and private higher education institutions are active in the country:


University Location Established Campuses Specialization Type
1 Capital University of Science & Technology Islamabad 1998 General Private
2 Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad 1967 General Public
3 Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences Islamabad 1967 General Public
4 National Defence University, Pakistan Islamabad 1970[3] General Public
5 Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad 1974 General Public
6 International Islamic University, Islamabad Islamabad 1980 General Public
7 National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan Islamabad 1991 General Public
8 COMSATS University Islamabad 1998[4] Abbottabad, Attock, Lahore, Vehari, Sahiwal, Wah General[5] Public
9 National University of Modern Languages Islamabad 1969 Faisalabad, Lahore, Multan, Karachi, Hyderabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Gwadar General Public
10 National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences Islamabad 2000 Chiniot, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar General Private
11 Bahria University Islamabad 2000 Karachi, Lahore General Public
12 Sir Syed CASE Institute of Technology Islamabad 2001 Sheikhupura General Private
13 Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology Islamabad 1949 Karachi General Public
14 Institute of Space Technology Islamabad 2002 General Public
15 Foundation University, Islamabad Islamabad 2002 Rawalpindi, Sialkot General Private
16 Riphah International University Islamabad 2002 Faisalabad, Lahore, Malakand General Private
17 Air University, Islamabad Islamabad 2002 Multan, Kamra General Public
18 Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University Islamabad 2012 General Private
19 Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Islamabad 2013 Medical Public
20 Muslim Youth University Islamabad 2015 General Private
21 National University of Technology Islamabad 2018 Engineering and Technology Public
22 Pakistan Institute of Development Economics Islamabad 1957 General Public
23 National Skills University Islamabad 2021 Engineering and Technology Public
24 Ibadat International University Islamabad 1998[6][7] General Private


University Location Established Campuses Specialization Type
1 University of Balochistan Quetta 1970 Mastung, Kharan, Pishin General Public
2 Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology Khuzdar 1987 Engineering and Technology Public
3 Al-Hamd Islamic University Quetta 1995 Islamabad General Private
4 Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences Quetta 2002 Zhob General Public
5 Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University Quetta 2004 Noshki, Pishin, Khuzdar General Public
6 Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Lasbela 2005 Wadh, Dera Murad Jamali General Public
7 University of Turbat Turbat 2013 Gwadar General Public
8 University of Loralai Loralai 2013 General Public
9 Mir Chakar Khan Rind University Sibi 2019 General Public

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa[edit]

University Location Established Campuses Specialization Type
1 Islamia College University[8] Peshawar 1913 General Public
2 Pakistan Military Academy[9][10] Abbotabad 1947 General Military
3 Pakistan Air Force Academy Risalpur 1947 General Military
4 University of Peshawar[11][12][13][14] Peshawar 1950 General Public
5 Gomal University[15][16][17] Dera Ismail Khan 1974 Tank[18] General Public
6 University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar[19][20] Peshawar 1980 Abbottabad, Bannu, Jalozai, Kohat General Public
7 University of Agriculture, Peshawar[21][22][23] Peshawar 1981 Mardan General Public
8 Preston University Kohat 1984 Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar General Private
9 CECOS University of Information Technology and Emerging Sciences Peshawar 1986 General Private
10 Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology Swabi 1988 General Private
11 Kohat University of Science and Technology Kohat 2001 Hangu General Public
12 University of Malakand Chakdara 2001 General Public
13 Qurtuba University Peshawar 2001 Dera Ismail Khan General Private
14 Sarhad University of Science and Information Technology Peshawar 2001 United Arab Emirates General Private
15 City University of Science and Information Technology, Peshawar Peshawar 2001 General Private
16 Hazara University Mansehra 2001 Battagram General Public
17 Gandhara University Peshawar 2002 General Private
18 Northern University, Nowshera Nowshera 2002 General Private
19 Institute of Management Sciences Peshawar Peshawar 2002 General Public
20 University of Science and Technology Bannu Bannu 2005 General Public
21 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar 2005 General Public
22 Khyber Medical University Peshawar 2007 Abbottabad, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Saidu Sharif General Public
23 Abasyn University Peshawar 2007 Islamabad General Private
24 Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan Mardan 2009 Chitral, Pabbi General Public
25 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Sheringal Upper Dir 2009 Chitral General Public
26 University of Swat Swat 2009 General Public
27 Bacha Khan University Charsadda 2012 General Public
28 University of Haripur Haripur 2012 General Public
29 IQRA National University Peshawar 2012 Swat General Private
30 Khushal Khan Khattak University Karak 2012 General Public
31 University of Swabi Swabi 2012 General Public
38 University of Buner[24] Buner 2012 General Public
32 Abbottabad University of Science and Technology Abbottabad 2015 General Public
33 Women University Mardan Mardan 2016 General Public
34 Women University Swabi Swabi 2016 General Public
35 University of Technology, Nowshera Nowshera 2016 Engineering and Technology Public
36 FATA University Akhorwal 2016 General Public
37 University of Chitral[25] Chitral 2017 General Public
39 University of Engineering and Technology, Mardan[26][27][28] Mardan 2017 Engineering and Technology Public
40 University of Agriculture, Dera Ismail Khan[27][28] Dera Ismail Khan 2017 General Public
41 University of Lakki Marwat[27][29][28] Lakki Marwat 2017 General Public
42 Pak-Austria Fachhochschule: Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology[30] Haripur 2020 General Public
43 University of Dir Timergara 2021 General Public


University Location Established Campuses Specialization Type
1 King Edward Medical University Lahore 1860 General Public
2 Government College University, Lahore Lahore 1864 General Public
3 Forman Christian College Lahore 1864 General Private
4 National College of Arts Lahore 1875 Rawalpindi General Public
5 University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore 1882 Jhang, Pattoki, Narowal, Layyah General Public
6 University of the Punjab Lahore 1882 Gujranwala, Jhelum, Khanspur General Public
7 Punjab Tianjin University of Technology Lahore 2018 Engineering and Technology Public
8 University of Agriculture, Faisalabad Faisalabad 1906 Burewala, Toba Tek Singh, Depalpur General Public
9 Namal Institute Mianwali 2008 Engineering and Technology Private
10 Kinnaird College for Women University Lahore 1913 General Public
11 University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore Lahore 1921 Faisalabad, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Narowal General Public
12 Lahore College for Women University Lahore 1922 Jhang General Public
13 Government College University, Faisalabad Faisalabad 1897 Layyah, Sahiwal, Chiniot General Public
14 Fatima Jinnah Medical University Lahore 1948 Medical Public
15 National Textile University Faisalabad 1959 Karachi General Public
16 Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi 1970 General Public
17 Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan 1975 Layyah, Vehari General Public
18 The Islamia University of Bahawalpur Bahawalpur 1975 Bahawalnagar, Rahim Yar Khan General Public
19 University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila Taxila 1975 General Public
20 Lahore University of Management Sciences Lahore 1984 General Private
21 NFC Institute of Engineering and Technology Multan 1985 General Public
22 Institute of Management Sciences, Lahore Lahore 1987 General Private
23 University of Management and Technology, Lahore Lahore 1990 Sialkot General Private
24 National College of Business Administration and Economics Lahore 1994 Multan, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan General Private
25 Lahore School of Economics Lahore 1997 General Private
26 Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi 1998 General Public
27 University of Sargodha Sargodha 2002 Bhakkar General Public
28 University of Health Sciences, Lahore Lahore 2002 General Public
29 University of Education Lahore 2002 Attock, Dera Ghazi Khan, Faisalabad, Jauharabad, Multan, Vehari General Public
30 GIFT University Gujranwala 2002 General Private
31 Hajvery University Lahore 2002 Sheikhupura General Private
32 University of Central Punjab Lahore 2002 General Private
33 University of Faisalabad Faisalabad 2002 General Private
34 University of Lahore Lahore 1999 Gujrat, Sargodha, Pakpattan General Private
35 Beaconhouse National University Lahore 2003 General Private
36 University of South Asia Lahore 2003 General Private
37 University of Gujrat Gujrat 2004 Lahore, Rawalpindi, Narowal, Mandi Bahauddin General Public
38 Superior University Lahore 2004 General Private
39 Minhaj University, Lahore Lahore 2005 General Private
40 HITEC University Taxila 2007 General Private
41 University of Wah Wah 2009 General Private
42 Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design Lahore 1994 General Public
43 Women University Multan Multan 2010 General Public
44 Institute of Southern Punjab Multan 2010 General Private
45 Qarshi University Lahore 2011 General Private
46 Government College Women University, Sialkot Sialkot 2012 General Public
47 Government Sadiq College Women University Bahawalpur 2012 General Public
48 Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan 2012 General Public
49 Government College Women University, Faisalabad Faisalabad 2012 General Public
50 Information Technology University (Lahore) Lahore 2012 General Public
51 Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture Multan 2012 General Public
52 Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering and Technology Multan 2012 General Public
53 Virtual University of Pakistan Lahore 2002 Across the entire Pakistan General Public
54 Lahore Garrison University Lahore 2012 General Private
55 Cholistan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Bahawalpur 2014 Agriculture and Veterinary Public
56 Khawaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology Rahim Yar Khan 2014 General Public
57 University of Engineering and Technology, Rasul Mandi Bahauddin 1873 General Public
58 University of Sahiwal Sahiwal 2015 General Public
59 University of Okara Okara 2015 General Public
60 University of Jhang Jhang 2015 General Public
61 NUR International University Lahore 2015 General Private
62 University of Sialkot Sialkot 2013 General Private
63 Faisalabad Medical University Faisalabad 1973 Medical Public
64 Rawalpindi Medical University Rawalpindi 1974 Medical Public
65 Nishtar Medical University Multan 1951 Medical Public
66 National University of Medical Sciences Rawalpindi 2015 Medical Public
67 University of Home Economics Lahore Lahore 1955 General Public
68 Mir Chakar Khan Rind University of Technology Dera Ghazi Khan 2019 Engineering and Technology Public
69 Rawalpindi Women University Rawalpindi 1950 General Public
70 Institute for Art and Culture Lahore 2019 Arts and Design Public
71 University of Narowal Narowal 2014 General Public
72 Al-Qadir University[31][32] Sohawa 2021 Sufism Public
73 Baba Guru Nanak University Nankana Sahib 2021 General Public
74 University of Chakwal Chakwal 2020 General Public
75 University of Mianwali Mianwali 2020 General Public
76 Thal University Bhakkar 2021 General Public
77 Green International University Lahore 2020 General Private
78 Kohsar University Murree Murree 2021 General Public
79 Lahore Institute of Science and Technology Lahore 2022 General Private
80 Grand Asian University Sialkot Sialkot 2022 General Private


University Location Established Campuses Specialization Type
1 Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Jamshoro 1881 General Public
2 Sindh Madressatul Islam University Karachi 1885 General Public
3 NED University of Engineering and Technology Karachi 1922 Tharparkar General Public
4 Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi 1945 General Public
5 University of Sindh Jamshoro 1947 Badin, Dadu, Mirpur Khas General Public
6 University of Karachi Karachi 1951 General Public
7 Institute of Business Administration, Karachi Karachi 1955 General Public
8 Dawood University of Engineering and Technology Karachi 1962 General Public
9 Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro 1963 Khairpur General Public
10 Pakistan Naval Academy Karachi 1970 General Military
11 Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur 1974 Ghotki, Shahdadkot General Public
12 Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering, Science and Technology Nawabshah 1974 Larkana General Public
13 Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam 1977 Dokri, Khairpur, Umerkot General Public
14 Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture Karachi 1989 General Private
15 Baqai Medical University Karachi 1989 General Private
16 Hamdard University Karachi 1991 Islamabad General Private
17 Commecs institute of business and emerging sciences Karachi 1993 General Private
18 Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology Karachi 1993 General Private
19 Sukkur IBA University Sukkur 1994 General Public
20 Textile Institute of Pakistan Karachi 1994 General Private
21 Institute of Business Management Karachi 1995 General Private
22 Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology Karachi 1995 Hyderabad, Islamabad, Larkana, United Arab Emirates General Private
23 Isra University Hyderabad 1997 Islamabad, Karachi General Private
24 Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology Karachi 1997 General Private
25 Greenwich University, Karachi Karachi 1987 Mauritius General Private
26 Jinnah University for Women Karachi 1998 General Private
27 Iqra University Karachi 1998 Islamabad, Quetta General Private
28 Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education Karachi 2000 General Private
29 Ilma University Karachi 2001 General Private
30 Preston Institute of Management Sciences and Technology Karachi 2001 General Private
31 Indus University Karachi 2004 General Private
32 University of EAST Hyderabad 2004 General Private
33 Aga Khan University Karachi 1983 London[33] General Private
34 Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University Larkana 2008 General Public
35 Muhammad Ali Jinnah University Karachi 1998 General Private
36 Sindh Institute of Medical Sciences Karachi 2009 General Private
37 Karachi School for Business and Leadership Karachi 2009 General Private
38 Habib University Karachi 2009 General Private
39 Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Karachi 2010 General Public
40 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Nawabshah Nawabshah 2010 General Public
41 KASB Institute of Technology Karachi 2011 General Private
42 Pir Abdul Qadir Shah Jeelani Institute of Medical Sciences Khairpur 2003[34] General Public
43 Jinnah Sindh Medical University Karachi 1973 General Public
44 Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law Karachi 2012 General Public
45 DHA Suffa University Karachi 2002 General Private
46 Nazeer Hussain University Karachi 2012 General Private
47 Peoples University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women Nawabshah 2013 General Public
48 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Karachi 2013 General Public
49 Newports Institute of Communications and Economics Karachi 2013 General Private
50 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto City University Karachi 2013 General Private
51 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Dewan University Karachi 2013 General Private
52 Hyderabad Institute of Arts, Science and Technology Hyderabad 2013 General Private
53 Qalandar Shahbaz University of Modern Sciences Karachi 2013 General Private
54 Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University of Technology and Skill Development Khairpur 1950 Engineering and Technology Public
55 Begum Nusrat Bhutto Women University Sukkur 2018 General Public
56 University of Sufism and Modern Sciences Bhit Shah 2011 General Public
57 Government College University Hyderabad Hyderabad 1917 General Public
58 Shaikh Ayaz University Shikarpur 2011[35] General Public
59 Ziauddin University Karachi 1986[36] General Public
60 Salim Habib University Karachi 2015[37] General Private

Azad Jammu and Kashmir[edit]

University Location Established Campuses Specialization Type
1 Mirpur University of Science and Technology Mirpur 1980 Bhimber General Public
2 University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Muzaffarabad 1980 Neelam, Jhelum Valley General Public
3 University of Poonch Rawalakot 1980 Sudhanoti, Haveli General Public
4 Al-Khair University Mirpur 1994 General Private
5 Mohi-ud-Din Islamic University Nerian Sharif 2000 General Private
6 Women University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Bagh Bagh 2013 General Public
7 University of Kotli Kotli 2014 General Public


University Location Established Campuses Specialization Type
1 Karakoram International University Gilgit 2002 Hunza Valley, Ghizar, Chilas General Public
2 Baltistan University Skardu 2015 General Public

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