The American University of Sharjah (AUS) has been ranked 7th in the 2015 QS University Rankings for Arab Region, compiled by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British company specialising in education and study abroad. The University of Sharjah was also featured in the report, ranking 21st out of the 100 academic institutions assessed.
The methodology for the rankings is adapted from that used for the QS World University Rankings® and assesses nine areas of performance: academic and employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, web impact, proportion of staff with a PhD, research productivity and impact, and proportions of international faculty and students. Overall six UAE universities appeared in the first 25 institutions listed in the annual ranking.
Located in Sharjah’s University City, AUS was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and is a not-for-profit, independent, institution of higher education formed on the American model. The University offers 26 majors and 53 minors at the undergraduate level, plus 14 master’s degrees.
Sharjah’s University City is one of the most advanced education centres in the Middle East, drawing students from across the region. In addition to the American University of Sharjah, the zone is home to the University of Sharjah, the Higher Colleges of Technology, the Sharjah Police Academy and the Judicial Studies and Training Institute.
Education is a key pillar of Sharjah’s national development strategy and 11% of the emirate’s record 2015 annual budget has been allocated to spending in education and culture.