A university’s ranking synchronically mirrors its progress vis-à-vis various Key Performance Indicators, such as Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Faculty-Student Ratio, Citations per Faculty, International Faculty & Students, etc. NUST’s growth trajectory over the past 5 years epitomises a progressive vision and a journey of excellence in higher education, research, innovation and numerous other initiatives within the mandate of a higher education institution. Today, NUST brushes shoulders with the most prestigious universities in the world, some of which are hundreds of years old.

Quacquarelli Symonds Ranking

Demonstrating phenomenal progress in the global rankings, the National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST-Pakistan) has ascended 14 places to stand at #353, as per QS World University Rankings 2025. NUST has made significant headway in key performance metrics, improving 100 positions in Sustainability, 86 positions in International Research Network, 54 positions in Citations per Faculty, and 42 positions in the Academic Reputation.
Lt Gen (Retd) Engr Javed Mahmood Bukhari, Rector NUST, has attributed the improvement in varsity’s global ranking to the dedicated efforts of its faculty and staff along with the hard work of students. He further said, “As NUST celebrates this impressive milestone, it reaffirms its commitment to excellence and innovation in education and research.”
With a diverse community of scholars and learners, NUST is committed to excellence in transformative learning, disruptive research and innovation, and collaborative partnerships. The university provides a myriad of academic opportunities that empower individuals to explore their passions, broaden their perspectives, and cultivate the skills essential for leadership in their respective fields.


Another prestigious higher education ranking agency, is Times Higher Education (THE). THE has been ranking universities and providing data and insights into the universities for almost five decades and is considered to be another credible source for insights into the higher education institutions of the world.

Guided by its vision aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) has unlatched yet another milestone achievement by standing amongst Top 300 world universities as per Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2023. According to details, the university now stands among top 101-200 universities in  SDG 7 (Affordable & Clean Energy) and SDG 12 ( Responsible Consumption & Production), and among top 201-300 universities in SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure).

The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Ranking is the only global ranking that assesses universities’ impact on society in line with the SDGs. NUST is one of the pioneering universities in Pakistan to have aligned its research & development with the SDGs. In 2019, the university participated for the first time in THE Impact Rankings, and was ranked in 4 SDGs. In the following year, NUST took a giant leap forward by surfacing among all 17 SDGs in THE Impact Rankings 2020, featuring among world top 100, top 200 and top 300 universities in different SDG categories.

One of the thriving impetuses that have led the university to achieve this honour is its strict adherence to quality standards. It is also noteworthy that all of the university’s Engineering programmes are accredited under the Washington Accord.  

The QS and THE rankings bear testimony to NUST’s commitment to quality higher education, impactful research, disruptive innovation, and sustainable development. Over the years, NUST has stayed its course and continued its journey down the road to excellence.