|University of Islamabad|
|Motto||وَمَن يُؤْتَ الْحِكْمَةَ فَقَدْ أُوتِيَ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا|
Motto in English
|'And he to whom wisdom is granted receiveth indeed a benefit overflowing'|
|Established||July 22, 1967|
|Chancellor||President of Pakistan|
|Provost||Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali|
|Colours||Blue and white|
|Affiliations||Higher 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. The university has, as of 2015, grown into the largest varsity in Islamabad with a total enrollment exceeding 13,000 students. The university is on a 1700 acres (or 6.9 km²) campus on the foothills of the Margalla.
Divided into four faculties and nine affiliated research institutes, QAU is among Pakistan's largest and highest ranked public universities. Currently, it is ranked between 551-560 in the world and top 133 in Asia by the QS World University Rankings while its regional publications ranked QAU among 120 in Asia in 2013. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked QAU between 401-500 globally and top 79 in Asia in its 2020 lists.
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. 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 of islamabad was established on July 22, 1967 under the Act of Fayaz Act. 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.
Quaid-i-Azam University has four faculties and 38 departments, institutes, schools and centers.
Faculties and departments
Quaid-i-Azam University consists of four faculties. The following departments, institutes/schools work under these faculties:
Faculty of Natural Sciences
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Computer Science
- Department of Earth Sciences
- Department of Electronics
- Institute of Information Technology
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Physics
- Department of Statistics
Faculty of Social Sciences
- School of Law
- Quaid-i-Azam School of Management Sciences (QASMS)
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Sociology
- Department of Linguistics
- Department of Defence & Strategic Studies
- School of Economics
- Department of History
- School of Politics and International Relations
- Taxila Institute of Asian Civilizations
Faculty of Biological Sciences
- National Center for Bioinformatics
- Department of Animal Sciences
- Department of Biochemistry
- Department of Microbiology
- Department of Plant Sciences
- Department of Environmental Sciences
- QAU School of Medicine
- Department of Pharmacy
- Department of Biotechnology
Faculty of Medical Science
- Al-Shifa Eye Trust Hospital Rawalpindi
- Army Forces Post Graduate Medical Institute
- Health Services Academy, Islamabad
- Federal Medical & Dental College
- Quaid e Azam Postgraduate Medical College, PIMS
- 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
- Quaid-i-Azam Chair
- Benzair Bhutto Chair
- Rumi Chair (in pipeline)
Rankings and Reputation
For QS Top 10 Asian universities, QAU was ranked 6th in the natural science category in 2010. The university was overall ranked between 100-200 among the QS world top universities in 2007 and 2009. According to the latest 2019 ranking of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam University is ranked first in the general category. According to Times Higher Education Latest Rankings 2020, QAU is the only Pakistani University to be ranked among the world top 500 universities. 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.
Notable alumni and faculty
- Abdul Rashid Ghazi
- Aasim Sajjad Akhtar
- Abrar ul Haq
- Hamza Ali Abbasi
- Ahmed Hassan Dani
- Akbar S. Ahmed
- Alamgir Hashmi
- Ansar Pervaiz
- Arshad Sharif
- Asghar Qadir
- Ismat Beg
- Irshad Hussain
- Hareem Farooq
- Ilhan Niaz
- Khadija Mushtaq
- Maliha Lodhi
- Marriyum Aurangzeb
- Mazhar Mahmood Qurashi
- Muhammad Sharif
- Muhammad Suhail Zubairy
- Muhammad Imran Qadir
- Nasim Zehra
- Nargis Sethi
- Nisar Ali Khan
- Noor Muhammad
- Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema
- Pervez Hoodbhoy
- Qaiser Mushtaq
- Qamar-uz-Zaman Chaudhry
- Rana Mubashir
- Zafarullah Khan
- Rasul Baksh Rais
- Raziuddin Siddiqui
- Rifaat Hussain
- Shamshad Akhtar
- Shireen Mazari
- Tahir Amin
- Tasneem M. Shah
- Zia Mian
- M. Jaffar-ur-Rehman (computer scientist)
- Brigadier Anis Ahmed (military officer) Sitara-i-Imtiaz
Dr. Maliha Lodhi is a leading Pakistani diplomat.
Asghar Qadir is a renowned Pakistani mathematician and a prominent cosmologist.
Naela Chohan is a Pakistani diplomat and women rights activist.
Sartaj Aziz is a Pakistani economist and a strategist who serves as the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Abrar-ul-Haq is a Pakistani musician and politician.
General Khalid Shameem Wynne is a retired Pakistani four-star general officer.
Nasim Zehra is a leading journalist.
Salma Zahid as a Member of Parliament of Canada.
Hamza Ali Abbasi is a Pakistani theatre, film and television actor, model and director.
Marriyum Aurangzeb is a Pakistani politician who is the current Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (2017)
Irshad Hussain is a Pakistani chemist and Nanomaterials scientist.
Ayesha Siddiqa is a Pakistani military scientist.
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