NUST and LUMS are both respected names
To be among the list of top-ranked educational institutes of Asia is something to feel really proud about and that is exactly how we felt upon finding out that NUST has secured its position in the top 100 Asian universities. Although this news established a sense of achievement in people, they still had some questions.
NUST has retained and climbed four spots in the Asia Top University Ranking 2020!
The ranking of these universities is done by determining ten indicators; academic and employee reputation, faculty-student ratio, citation per paper, paper per faculty, staff with Ph.D., internationalization and a few others.
In the past three years, NUST has managed to climb its way up to 29 positions and is, thus, now standing at the 83rd spot in the list.
— Research Snipers (@ResearchSnipers) November 28, 2019
Now, because NUST and LUMS have an unofficial rivalry over which is more “prestigious” so people also questioned this ranking
— Moeed Pirzada (@MoeedNj) November 29, 2019
People started coming up with explanations about why NUST was but LUMS wasn’t ranked among the top universities
Well, This makes sense tho!
The criteria followed by QS is wierd to some extent. It looks into total number of students, courses offered, campus size, enivornment, no of research papers, PHDS produced Institute probably the best engg school in country doesn't makes to QS bcz no of courses are offered r less
— Haider Riaz Ranjha (@HaiderRiazRanj1) November 29, 2019
Of course, this NUST vs LUMS question also brought out some LUMS haters
LUMS has an inflated self image even before it went nuts reciting hippie buzzwords.
My brother had a scholarship from multiple American business schools. Applied to LUMS at parental suggestion.
Treated much more professionally by US admission officials than LUMS counterparts
— Saad Gul (@NC_CyberLaw) November 29, 2019
Students of LUMS were blamed to be more interested in extracurricular affairs than their education
Huh? Aren’t universities supposed to raise holistic people and not just bookworms?
Maybe because LUMS students are more interested in politics and civilian supremacy than focusing on studies, the sole reason why parents send their kids there.
— Umair Hasan (@UmairEmm) November 29, 2019
Quite a few people were also critical of LUMS because its students were actively involved in the recent Student Solidarity March
People came up with the explanation that since the students were seemingly involved in activism than purely academic endeavors that could have caused LUMS to not be among the top 100 universities.
LUMS is not there because #StudentsSolidarityMarch is trying hard to get rights for LUMS students.
— TK (@KhattakTahira) November 29, 2019
Because it's students are wasting their 'sarfroshi ki tmanna' in fighting an imaginary bazu e qatil. 🙅
— Sheema Afzal (@SheemaAfzal) November 29, 2019
People began dragging relatively famous names from LUMS
‘Tis nothing but a saazish’!
LUMS is not there because of establishment kii Saazish.
Soon Nida Kirmani of LUMS along with Jibran will expose that, wait for it.
— Umar (@umar8528) November 29, 2019
The amount of rote kings and plagiarism … or let’s say what have they produced? Hina Butt😲 #enufSaid
— 0Kiehsnori (@0kiehsnori) November 29, 2019
Some people also wondered about the ranking of IBA in the list
Exactly, sirf LUMS and NUST hee nahi reh gaye Pakistan mein.
Why not IBA?
— Musti (@MustiSays) November 29, 2019
Although, It’s great news to have NUST among the top 100 universities of Asia, the rankings also don’t always reflect exactly how a university can contribute in your learning. So to make your choice, it’s best to do your research, kids.
cover image via nust.edu.pk/soe.lums.edu.pk