The University of Peshawar (Urdu: جامعۂ پشاور‎; Pashto: د پېښور پوهنتون‎; popular as Peshawar University), is a public research universitylocated in Peshawar, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The university is one of the oldest universities in Pakistan, and is ranked as one of the highest rated universities in the country.

The university was founded in 1950 and offers programs for undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctoral studies. With approximately 14,000 enrolled students attending the university, it has six academic faculties with forty postgraduate department as well as two centers of excellence. The university is known for its quality research in social, medical, and natural sciences having eight research centers located inside the campus. Spread over an area of 1,045 acres (4 km2) as a residential campus, the university is the first public university to be established in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Islamia College, Peshawar (Urdu: اسلامیہ کالج پشاور‎) is a public research university located in midst of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

Founded by the personal initiatives led by Sir S.A. Qayyum and Sir George Roos-Keppel in 1913, it is one the oldest institution of higher education in Pakistan, and its historical roots are traced from the culminating point of the Aligarh Movement. The university provides higher learning in fine arts, humanities and modern sciences. In 1950, the University of Peshawar was founded as an offshoot of Islamia College Peshawar, with the later being associated to the university as a constituent college. Initially established as Islamia College, it was granted university status by the Government of Pakistan in 2008; the word college is retained in its title for preserving its historical roots.

The Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (Urdu: غلام اسحاق خان انسٹیٹیوٹ‎; commonly referred as GIK, is a private research university located in Topi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. GIK has eight academic faculties strongly emphasizing on science and engineering and its 400 acres (1.6 km2) primary campus is located in the vicinity of Swabi district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

Founded by civil servant and former President Ghulam Ishaq Khan in 1993, the college attracted country's influential scientists such as Abdul Qadeer Khan, Asghar Qadir, and Shaukat Hameed Khan since its establishment, and played formulating role in transforming the college in elevating as one of world's finest science and engineering college. GIK is among one of the top institutions ranked by the HEC, and also has a long-standing competition with the Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS).