Revealed: which are the best universities in the Gulf?

Education analysts Quacquarelli Symonds assesses 150 universities in the Arab world
The UAE University in Al Ain.
By Staff writer
Fri 27 Oct 2017 12:22 AM

The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) - the oldest in the UAE - has been named the country's best in a new list published by global education analysts Quacquarelli Symonds.

The Al Ain-based university ranked fifth in the Arab world behind the American University of Beirut which topped the list after overtaking Saudi Arabia's King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

King Saud University in Riyadh and Jeddah-based King Abdulaziz University were placed third and fourth.

The QS Arab Region University Rankings assessed almost 150 universities across the Arab region on a range of criteria, including academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-to-student ratio, and number of international faculty and students.

The UAEU’s elevation follows its recent success in the QS World University Rankings 2018, where it was ranked as the UAE’s best university and among the top 1.5 percent globally.

Dr Ali Rashid Al Nuami, Chancellor of the UAEU, said: “While the true mark of accomplishment for our institution is the calibre of the graduates we produce and the quality and impact of the research we generate, it is a source of great pride to see our efforts to become a truly world-class university recognized by such a well-respected higher education survey.”

Established in 1976, the UAEU is currently home to almost 14,000 students and more than 800 faculty, including more than 630 international faculty. It offers graduate and undergraduate programs through nine colleges.

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