LAHORE (Web Desk) – Pakistan has improved its position in the global higher education, with a record 7 educational institutions making it to a new list of the world’s top varsities topped by the University of Oxford, snatching the slot from California Institute of Technology.

Of Pakistan’s seven institutions, five are new entrants this year. Three universities make it into the top 800, including COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, National University of Sciences and Technology and Quaid-i-Azam University (all in the 601-800 cohort).

The University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Bahauddin Zakariya University, University of Karachi and University of Lahore are among 801+ group.

US lost the top spot for the first time in the 13-year history of the rankings as the UK’s University of Oxford becomes the world’s top university. In Asia, 290 universities from 24 countries made it to the ranking while an elite 19 landed in the top 200.