(MENAFN- The Peninsula) By Irfan Bukhari / The Peninsula
Keeping its trail of achievements, Qatar University (QU) has achieved seventh place in the QS Arab Region University Rankings 2018, among the 100 top universities in the Middle East, Asia and MENA regions.
By this fresh achievement, QU has improved its position by two places on its 2017 performance and by four places on its 2016 performance. For the 2018 edition, 150 universities from 16 countries were evaluated for QS Arab Region University Rankings.
Qatar University too is marching on the road to glory defying effects of unjust siege like all other institutions of the State of Qatar. During 136-day siege, Qatar University has celebrated a number of global achievements along launching numerous initiatives meant to make the country a leader in academic and research excellence.
The QS University Rankings for the Arab region differ from the global ranking. They are developed with the aim to reflect specific challenges and priorities for institutions in the region.
They include nine criteria: academic reputation (30%), employer reputation (20%), faculty-student ratio (20%), web impact (10%), proportion of staff with PhD (5%), citations per paper from Scopus (5%), papers per faculty from Scopus (5%), proportion of international faculty (2.5%) and proportion of international students (2.5%).
Last month, Qatar University (QU) was ranked among the top 500 universities in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018. QU was ranked in the range of 401-500 most highly ranked universities and third among the universities in the Arab region. The 'THE World University Rankings 2018 are the only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
In July 2017, Qatar University (QU) was ranked #37 in the 'QS Top 50 Under 50 2018 ranking among the world's leading young universities founded less than 50 years ago.
QU was placed at number 37 among the top young universities in the world, and the first in the Arab world and the Middle East region. In the 2018 edition, QU improved by 12 places as it was ranked #49 in the 'QS Top 50 Under 50 2016-2017. This improvement is the highest among all the top 50 universities, making QU the 'Fastest Rising Young University.
Earlier in June, the first month of siege, Qatar University (QU) was ranked 349 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2018, among the 956 top universities in the world. The QU ranks 4th in the GCC and 5th in the Arab region. At domestic level, Qatar University (QU) was awarded the largest number of grants in the 10th cycle of National Priorities Research Program (NPRP), a flagship program of Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), in August 2017.
In all, 29 proposals out of a total of 85 submissions achieved awards, translating to 34% of the total awarded proposals — the highest among awarded institutes in Qatar.
Eleven programmes of three colleges of Qatar University (QU) received academic accreditations last month, taking the total list of the accredited programmes of the varsity to 37. Commenting on the QS Arab Region University Rankings 2018, QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham (pictured) said: 'We are proud of this achievement that reflects QU's progress in rankings. For the third consecutive year, the organization continues to advance in its positioning among the top universities.
He said that by achieving seventh place in the QS Arab Region University Rankings 2018, QU had improved by four places on its 2016 performance. He said that as Qatar's national university, Qatar University continued in its efforts to meet the requirements of the country's fast-growing economy by offering various specializations and academic programs, and by equipping the labor market with distinguished graduates who would contribute to fulfilling the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.
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