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Need to develop a world class higher education system in Pakistan

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09.11.2018

Pakistan has a large higher education system with over 190 recognized private and public sector universities. Unfortunately, no Pakistani university is among the top 600 universities in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019.

This is an indication that there is a definite need to improve Pakistan’s higher education system. The need is exacerbated by the fact that the majority of the over 200 million people in the country are young.

According to official figures, 64 percent of Pakistanis are below the age of 30. Any higher educational reform must be designed to take this significant age cohort into account.

With the new government of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) in Islamabad which placed a great emphasis on human development in its election manifesto, the country appears to be poised to address the higher education challenge. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s PTI has promised to put in place “the most ambitious education agenda in Pakistan’s history, spanning reform of primary, secondary, tertiary, vocational, and special education.”

It remains to be determined whether his government will be able to walk the talk. That’s because there are many areas that must be addressed in order to develop Pakistan’s higher educational system. Three are at the top of the list.

First is quality improvement. As noted, Pakistan higher educational institutions were not ranked in the top 600 on Times Higher Education Ranking. Only three Pakistani universities — COMSATS Institute of Information Technology University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and National University of Sciences and Technology ranked in the top 1000 universities in the world. In comparison, five universities in neighboring India made it to top 500 and 33........

© Daily Times