Pakistan’s Education System
After 12th grade, the Pakistani educational system has two levels. The Degree Colleges Education system is similar to the American community college system. The nation has 1,238 degree colleges with 205 started since 2008, according to Pakistan’s Ministry of Finance. Grades 15th onward are part of the Universities Education system, which includes 132 universities.
Pakistan is such a diverse nation that 60 languages are spoken in the nation. Classes are taught in many regional languages as well as its national and official languages – English and Urdu. English is generally the language used by governments, businesses, and universities.
There are four programs for non-Pakistanis who want to study in Pakistan, according to Pakistan’s Finance Ministry. The biggest program was launched after UNESCO’s 2007 report and is for 1,000 Afghans interested in Agriculture, Engineering and Information Technology. There are also programs for 300 students from Bangladesh and Kashmir interested in Medicine, Engineering and Information Technology, and cultural scholarships for 78 students from any nation.
The QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings 2012/2013 rank mostly American schools as the best in the world, but there are schools in Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, Japan, South Korean and China in the top 50. The top Pakistani school is the National University of Sciences and Technology, which is ranked between 401st and 450th. It’s in Islamabad and costs $6,000 to $8,000 annually for undergraduate students and $4,000 to $6,000 for graduate students.
There are 873 schools in the rankings. Four other schools in Pakistan are on the list. They are all ranked 601st or higher. Their tuition isn’t listed, but the schools are:
* The University of Lahore
* The University of Engineering and Technology
* The University of Karachi
* Lahore University of Management Sciences
In addition, Dahlman wrote that Allama Iqbal Open University is Asia’s largest open distance learning university and “this technology has the potential to significantly reduce the costs of delivering tertiary education services to many students.
Pakistan has increased its commitment to and investment in higher education during the past few years. The commitment is paying off. In fact, Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Muhammad Naeem Khan, argues that Pakistan is in the midst of two revolutions that are mutually beneficial – higher education and information and communication technology.