Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan Ranked as Pakistan’s Best University

The Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (AWKUM) has been ranked the first in Pakistan and the 157th in the world in the recently released Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings-2021.

The list includes the world’s best universities that are not more than 50 years old. The table uses the same performance indicators as THE’s World University Rankings, with less weightage given to reputation.


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The universities are judged based on their core missions, including teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook. This provides the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available.

The 2021 ranking includes 475 universities, up from 414 in 2020.


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Discussing the development, the Vice-Chancellor of the AWKUM, Professor, Dr. Zahoorul Haq, said that the university’s core focus is on research culture and improving teaching quality.

“This achievement indicates that our faculty is talented, dedicated, and productive as teachers and researchers,” he said.

Top Ten Universities of Pakistan

No.UniversityCityWorldwide Ranking
1Abdul Wali Khan University MardanMardan157
2COMSATS University IslamabadIslamabad201–250
3Government College University FaisalabadFaisalabad251–300
4Lahore University of Management SciencesLahore251–300
5National University of Sciences and TechnologyIslamabad251–300
6The Islamia University of BahawalpurBahawalpur351–400
7University of SargodhaSargodha351–400
8Bahauddin Zakariya UniversityMultan401+
9Government College University LahoreLahore401+
10PMAS Arid Agriculture UniversityRawalpindi401+

Top Ten Universities Worldwide

Rank UniversityCountry
1Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
2Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University, ParisFrance
3The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong
4Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)South Korea
5City University of Hong KongHong Kong
6Maastricht UniversityNetherlands
7Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – PisaItaly
8Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)South Korea
9University of Technology SydneyAustralia
10Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)South Korea

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