UAE University (UAEU) has been ranked in the top 3.5 per cent in the 2017 list of the world’s top 1,000 universities by the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR).
The rankings, revealed recently, also placed the Al Ain-based government university at top position in the UAE. CWUR says it is the publisher of the largest academic ranking of global universities.
“In addition to its high-quality research output, the two key factors that were fundamental to UAEU’s success were alumni employment and research innovation and technology transfer,” it said.
Dr Nadim Mahassen, president of CWUR, said: “For the 2017 edition of the rankings, 27,770 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide were evaluated, among which the top 1,000 research-intensive institutions received rankings based on eight objective indicators covering education, alumni employment, and research.”
The world rank for UAEU is 957.
Mahassen added: “It is fantastic to see the UAE represented among the world’s best in education and research. More funding for research will increase the country’s competitiveness on the global stage.
“This year, 61 countries — more than ever before — feature in the top 1,000 list, which represents the top 3.7 per cent of degree-granting institutions of higher education globally. The US remains the dominant force in higher education worldwide, claiming the top three spots, eight of the top 10, and 54 of the top 100. It leads with 225 universities represented in the top 1,000, followed by China (97), Japan (71), the UK (65), and Germany (57).”
Other Arab universities that appear in this year’s rankings are King Saud University, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals from Saudi Arabia, American University of Beirut from Lebanon, and Cairo University, Ain Shams University, Alexandria University, and Mansoura University from Egypt.
The rankings show Harvard is the world’s leading university for the sixth consecutive year. Meanwhile, Stanford and MIT complete the US sweep of the top three places. From the UK Cambridge (fourth) and Oxford (fifth) follow.