UAE University makes top 400 in world rankings

UAE University moved up 21 places in this year's edition of the World University Rankings.

UAE University was placed highest in the nation for 2018 rankings and its chancellor has greater ambitions for it. Courtesy UAEU
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AL AIN // UAE University is ranked highest among the country’s higher education institutions in world rankings for 2018.

The university claimed a spot in the top 400 for the QS World University Rankings, a popular league table for international students. It moved 21 places from last year’s rankings, claiming the 390th slot.

UAE University’s PhD programme was listed as a vital step in transforming it into a research-intensive university.

Ali Al Nuaimi, the university’s chancellor, described the ranking as “very good news”.

“The fact that United Arab Emirates University is now one of the top 1.5 per cent universities in the world, and the top university in the UAE, is truly something to be celebrated,” he said, referring to about 26,000 world universities analysed for the rankings.

“We have aspirations to be among the world’s best 100 universities, and we have plans to ensure we achieve this.”

UAE University, located in Al Ain, was established in 1976 and has about 14,000 students and more than 800 faculty.

Other UAE universities in the list were American University of Sharjah at 441, tying with Arabian Gulf University of Bahrain. Khalifa University, American University of Dubai, University of Sharjah and Abu Dhabi University were also ranked. Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US led the global rankings for the sixth successive year.

Saudi universities secured the top spots in the Gulf region, with King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals at 173, up 16 places from the 2017 rankings.

Produced by global education analyst Quacquarelli Symonds, the rankings also rate universities by subject and employability ratios.