The Government College University's journey started as a primary school in 1897 in the present building of Govt. College for Women, Karkhana Bazar, Faisalabad. It was promoted to High School and Intermediate College in 1905 and 1924 respectively. It was elevated to the degree level in 1933 and postgraduate disciplines were introduced in 1963. The long journey that started with the humble beginning reached its climax when it was granted the status of University in October 2002.
Government College University, Faisalabad has emerged as a leading center of learning and research in a short span of time. The University with its dynamic faculty and innovative syllabi has become a catalyst of intellectual, social and industrial change. It caters to the diverse needs of society by imparting education in almost all the major fields of learning.
The Government College University, Faisalabad has a long history of excellence and distinction as an institution. Renowned scholars and eminent personalities have served this institution in various capacities at various stages of its history. It has produced outstanding personnel who have earned great fame not only for themselves but also for the nation.
The University is a hub of educational, social and cultural activities with a close liaison with industry. The university is situated at the Jhang Road not far from the historical Clock Tower. The main campus is spread on 37 acres and new campus on an area of 200 acres; 3-4 kilometers away from the main campus at Jhang Road. The University is offering PhD programs in 27 disciplines, MS/MPhil programs in 49 disciplines, Master programs in 39 disciplines, Undergrad (BS) programs in 50 disciplines, Associate Degree programs in 8 disciplines and Diplomas in 19 disciplines. More than 120 colleges are affiliated with GCUF including Public and Private Sector colleges. It's the 3rd largest university of Pakistan having strength of more than 42,000 students.
Government College University has embarked on a new phase of history. We are busy in the preparation of a development plan both in terms of education as well as physical development. The hallmark of the University's educational philosophy is the reconstruction of human thought in all its facets on the foundation of our social, moral and religious values. Whatever the changes that we have to make, we assure our well-wishers that they would be grounded in the welfare both of our students and faculty.
Our Mission is to provide students an enabling environment where dialogue is encouraged and ideas envisioned. We will provide the intellectual and physical infrastructure that will hold students to the highest moral and ethical values. We will achieve these goals with the cooperation of public and private sectors as well as the faculty and students of GCUF.
The University's goal is to be among the top 1000 best universities in the world and among the top 3 universities in Pakistan by the year 2020. The University will bring Engineering and Medical education in its domain as well in addition to build a state of the art Technology Park – First in a kind in Pakistan.