LAHORE:February 8: The Times Higher Education Asian University Rankings 2018 Wednesday ranked the Government College University (GCU) 351+ in its latest rating. The GCU, last July, was ranked 1001+ in worldwide rankings by Times Higher Education. However, in the worldwide list, GCU had stood 683rd on the basis of its international outlook among all the world universities. “We have been sending data to Times Higher Education for many years, but it was the first time in July 2017 and second time in February 2018 that GCU was listed among international universities,” said Quality Enhancement Cell Director Iram Sohail. Government College University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said besides international recognition, these rankings helped universities understand their weak and strong areas. He said the industry-academia gap was the reason of lack in ranking. However, GCU Chemistry department had hosted an international conference last month on industry-academia linkages to bridge this gap, he said. The VC hoped that the university would improve its ranking in 2019. He called upon the government to increase funding to GCU, saying that their challenge was to improve quality and ranking while remaining affordable to the students.The news.