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Quaid-i-Azam University

Coordinates: 33°44′50″N 73°08′20″E / 33.74722°N 73.13889°E / 33.74722; 73.13889
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Quaid-I-Azam University
جامعہ قائداعظم
Former name
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; 56 years ago (July 22, 1967)
Academic affiliation
Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC)
ChancellorPresident of Pakistan
Vice-ChancellorDr. Muhammad Ali
33°44′50″N 73°08′20″E / 33.74722°N 73.13889°E / 33.74722; 73.13889
ColoursBlue and white

Quaid-I-Azam University Islamabad (Urdu: جامعہ قائداعظم; commonly known as QAU), founded as University of Islamabad, is a public research university in Islamabad, Pakistan.[3]

Initially this university was founded for the study of postgraduate education but slowly through the 1980s university became an interdisciplinary university offering undergraduate and postgraduate education.[2] In 2015, University became largest varsity in Islamabad with 13,000 students. The university is on a 1700 acres (or 6.9km²) 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] In 2020, it is ranked between 510-520 overall whilst in Physics, Mathematics and agriculture departments ranked 225th, 225th and 125th respectively worldwide, in emerging economics it's ranked below 100 which is probably a prestige, and also ranked 111th in Asia by the QS World University Rankings while its regional publications ranked QAU among 120 in Asia in 2013.[7] The Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked QAU between 401-500 globally and top 75 in Asia in its 2020 lists.

The university has intellectual interaction with international institutes, including the United Nations, University of Tokyo and the ICTP.[2][8] 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, Abdul Rashid Ghazi, Farzana Aslam, Tasneem Zehra and Salma Zahid. The university is currently led by Professor Muhammad Ali.

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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 22 July 1967 by the Government 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 different faculties and 38 departments, institutes, schools and centers.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Al-Baqara - سورة البقرة - ( The Cow ) - Read Quran القران الكريم in English translation by Yusuf Ali".
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "QAU Introduction". QAU Press. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  3. "QAU Location Address". Google maps website. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  4. Yusuf, Suhail (23 February 2012). "Quaid-e-Azam University declared as top university of Pakistan". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  5. "HEC announces university rankings". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 23 February 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  6. "5th Ranking of Pakistani Higher Education Institutions" (PDF). 5th Ranking of Pakistani Higher Education Institutions. 23 February 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 March 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  7. Riazul Haq (17 June 2013). "2013 rank: Three Pakistani universities among world's top 200 - The Express Tribune (newspaper)". Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  8. "International collaboration: Moot on plasma physics next week - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 2016-02-09.