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Quaid-i-Azam University (Urdu: جامعہ قائداعظم‎; commonly referred to as QAU) is a public research university in Islamabad, Pakistan.[3]

Quaid-i-Azam University
جامعہ قائداعظم
Former names
University of Islamabad
Mottoوَمَن يُؤْتَ الْحِكْمَةَ فَقَدْ أُوتِيَ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا
Motto in English
'And he to whom wisdom is granted receiveth indeed a benefit overflowing'[1]
EstablishedJuly 22, 1967 (July 22, 1967)
ChancellorPresident of Pakistan
ProvostProf. Dr. Muhammad Ali
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
ColoursBlue and white        
AffiliationsHigher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC)

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 interdisciplinary university offering undergraduate and postgraduate 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] Currently, it is ranked between 551-560 in the world and top 133 in Asia 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 QAU between 401-500 globally and top 79 in Asia in 2018.[9]

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][10] 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, Nasim Zehra, Shamshad Akhtar, Suhail Zubairy, Farzana Aslam, Tasneem Zehra and Salma Zahid. The university is currently led by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali.



The university was renamed in honor of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah (1876-1948), founder of Pakistan.

The University of Islamabad was established on July 22, 1967 under the Act of National Assembly of Pakistan. It was renamed as Quaid-i-Azam University in honor of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan in 1976 - which was the year of his birth centenary. However, the spelling of the University's name were kept different i.e. "i" was used instead of "e" for Ezāfe that links the two words in Jinnah's title Quaid-e-Azam.

The University offered teaching and research programs for PhD and MPhil degrees in the beginning and later offered Master's programs. The University now offers undergraduate programs as well.

Quaid-i-Azam University has four faculties and 38 departments, institutes, schools and centers.

Faculties and departmentsEdit

Dr. Raziuddin Siddiqui Memorial Library (Main Library) at Quaid-i-Azam University

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

Faculty of Natural SciencesEdit

Faculty of Social SciencesEdit

Faculty of Biological SciencesEdit

Faculty of Medical ScienceEdit


  • 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[12]
  • Quaid-i-Azam Chair
  • Benzair Bhutto Chair
  • Rumi Chair (in pipeline)

Rankings and reputationEdit

University rankings
ARWU World[13] 701-800
THE World[15] 401–500
USNWR World[16] 559
QS World[14] 551-560
Times Asia[18] 79
QS Asia[17] 133
QS Employability[17] 19.8
HEC Pakistan[19] 1

Quaid-i-Azam University was ranked 651-700 in the world by the QS World University Rankings of 2018[14] and 133 in Asia.[17]

For QS Top 10 Asian universities, QAU was ranked 6th in the natural science category in 2010.[20] The university was overall ranked between 100-200 among the QS world top universities in 2007 and 2009.[21] According to the latest 2012 ranking of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam University is ranked first in the general category.[22] 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.[23]

Notable alumni and facultyEdit


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  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.
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  8. ^ "2013 rank: Three Pakistani universities among world's top 200 - The Express Tribune". 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
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  10. ^ "International collaboration: Moot on plasma physics next week - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Area Study Centre for Africa, North & South America". Pakamstudies.Wordpress. Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  13. ^ ARWU
  14. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference Rankings_QS_W_2018 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  15. ^ "THE World University Rankings: quaid e azam university". 2018-10-01. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  16. ^ USNEWS Best Global Universities: Quaid-i-Azam University
  17. ^ a b c Cite error: The named reference Rankings_QS_A_2018 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  18. ^ "THE World University Rankings: Quaid-i-azam University". 2018-10-01. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  19. ^ HEC Universities Ranking 2015
  20. ^ Asian Universities Ranking 2007 Archived February 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ Ranking of World Top Universities Archived April 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ Ranking of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Recognized Universities in Pakistan Archived June 27, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ "Ranking of Universities" (PDF). Organization of Islamic Conference.

External linksEdit