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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 July 22, 1967 (July 22, 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 in Islamabad, Pakistan.[3]

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 interdisciplinarity university offering under- and post-graduate 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.[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 has been consistently ranked among the top 700 varsity's in the world by the QS World University Rankings[7] while its regional publications ranked QAU among 120 in Asia in 2013.[8] 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. They include 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 Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The university was renamed in honor of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan.


Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad (once named University of Islamabad) was established on July 22, 1967 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.

Faculties and departments

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

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Medical Science


  • 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

University and college rankings
General – international
QS (World) (2018)[14] 651-700
QS (Asia) (2018)[15] 133

Quaid-i-Azam University was ranked 651-700 in the world by the QS World University Rankings of 2018[14] and 133 in Asia.[15]

For QS Top 10 Asian universities, QAU was ranked 6th in the natural science category in 2010.[16] The university was overall ranked between 100-200 among the QS world top universities in 2007 and 2009.[17] According to the latest 2012 ranking of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam University is ranked first in the general category.[18] 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.[19]

Notable alumni and faculty


  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 10 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Qau address". Google maps. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Yusuf, Sohail (23 February 2012). "Quaid-e-Azam University declared as top university of Pakistan". Dawn news, 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  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. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 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". 8 September 2015. 
  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. ^ a b "QS World University Rankings 2018". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017. 
  15. ^ a b "QS Asian University Rankings 2018". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2017. Retrieved 12 November 2017. 
  16. ^ Asian Universities Ranking 2007 Archived February 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ Ranking of World Top Universities Archived April 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Ranking of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Recognized Universities in Pakistan Archived June 27, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ "Ranking of Universities" (PDF). Organization of Islamic Conference. 

External links

  • Official website
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