June 13, 2021


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 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 Abbottabad, Attock, Lahore, Vehari, Sahiwal, Wah General 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 General Private
16 Riphah International University Islamabad 2002 Faisalabad, Lahore General Private
17 Air University, Islamabad Islamabad 2002 Multan 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 2020 Islamabad Engineering and Technology Public


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
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

Azad Jammu and Kashmir

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