The American University of Sharjah (AUS) has been ranked in the top ten universities in the Arab world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) for the second consecutive year. The university was ranked 7th in both the 2015 and 2016 QS University Rankings for Arab Region, which ranked 100 academic institutions last year and 200 academic institutions in the current report.
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), which produces the report, is a British company specialising in education and study abroad. 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 returned to the top 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 46 minors at the undergraduate level, plus 13 master’s degrees.
American University of Sharjah has launched a number of major iniatives during the past six months including the incorporation of AUS Enterprises, a new holding company mandated to develop commercial activities; the opening of ‘Sheraa’, a new Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre backed by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority; the plan to create an AUS Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) Park; and plans establish a Centre of Excellence for Digital Government within the RTI Park.
Source: AUS, QS