Pakistan’s National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) was founded in 1991. It ranks among the world’s top emerging universities under 50 years of age, and is one of the youngest within that bracket.
NUST is a research-led university which was originally established as a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) college. Its vision is to explore both traditional and emerging STEM fields. The university is in the process of developing its own science and technology park, with the aim of becoming one of the top research universities in the world in the next ten years.
NUST’s teaching is highly in demand, with some 70,000 applicants for around 7,000 places in 2015. The university prides itself on challenging conventional teaching methods with new ways of delivering courses.
Pakistan’s capital city, Islamabad, is the location of NUST’s main campus. Smaller campuses housing faculties such as the College of Aeronautical Engineering can be found in Rawalpindi, Risalpur and Karachi, spanning the breadth of the country.
NUST is an excellent choice for sports enthusiasts. The 700 acre Islamabad has courts for cricket, volleyball, basketball, soccer and squash, and a hockey stadium and tennis courts are under construction.
Islamabad is an ancient city with an intriguing modern edge. This is reflected in sights like the Faisal Mosque, the fourth largest mosque in the world, which has a futuristic space age design. Just 30 kilometres away lie the ruins of the ancient settlement of Taxila, Pakistan’s top tourist destination. Five of the world’s tallest peaks are located near to Islamabad, which sits near the foot of the Himalayas. The green hills which surround the city are perfect for walking.