UAE. American University of Sharjah (AUS) today entered into the ranks of the world’s top 500 universities for the first time according to London-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), one of the world’s most trusted university rankings.
Of more than 2,500 global institutions considered, AUS was ranked in the top 401-450 bracket for 2012-2013, a substantial climb from last year’s 601+ bracket, according to QS World University Rankings 2012/2013 which was published today.
In the Middle East, 26 universities made the QS World University ranking for 2012-2013. AUS is one of only two in the UAE ranked in the top 500. The QS World University Rankings evaluates universities based on academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty student ration, and proportions of international students and international faculty.
Based on the research, AUS scored high in academic reputation and employer reputation, placing it amongst the top 301 universities in the world. AUS also achieved a score of 82 per cent in international students and more than 99 per cent in international faculty. In addition, with 1,069 papers and 1,908 citations of published researches as well as several registered patents, AUS has rapidly become an internationally acclaimed institution, despite being young in age.
Expressing his satisfaction over this recognition, AUS Chancellor Dr. Peter Heath said, “This is good news for everyone. It is now confirmed by outside experts that AUS meets international standards of excellence.”
Chancellor Heath added, “This achievement reflected a commitment by the founder and President of AUS, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to create a university that would match American standards in its academic programs.” He attributed the achievement mainly to the unwavering support of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah.
“This news is also a tribute to the dedication of hundreds of faculty, staff and students over the last 15 years. They can take pride in what they have achieved,” he said. “We, at AUS, have long-known about the quality of the education that we provide for our students. Yet external recognition of this fact is always welcome. AUS looks forward to continuing to increase its academic quality and reputation in order to serve our students in the best possible fashion,” concluded Dr. Heath.
Ben Sowter, head of the QS intelligence Unit said, “The continued presence in the QS World University Rankings of a group of universities from the Middle East which first entered the rankings in 2011 represents a sound return on the huge investments being made in higher education and research in this region.”
2012 is the ninth year that QS has published its World University Rankings, which have become established as the most widely read university comparison of their kind. They are based on six indicators and were this year compiled following surveys of over 46,000 academics and 28,000 employers, the largest of their kind ever conducted.
American University of Sharjah (AUS) was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. The university was envisaged by His Highness as a leading educational institution in the Gulf region. Located in University City, Sharjah, AUS is a not-for-profit, independent, institution of higher education formed on the American model.
It offers 25 majors and 52 minors at the undergraduate level, and 14 master’s degrees through the College of Architecture, Art and Design; the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Engineering; and the School of Business and Management. These programs are designed to meet the challenges of a competitive and dynamic business and industrial environment.
As a provider of quality higher education in the Gulf, AUS is licensed and its programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the United Arab Emirates. AUS is also accredited in the United States of America by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA, Tel +1 215 662 5606) and by the Department of Education of the State of Delaware. All six of the bachelor degree programs in the AUS College of Engineering are accredited by ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration as well as the Master of Business Administration and Executive Master of Business Administration degrees offered by the School of Business and Management are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), www.aacsb.edu.
The Bachelor of Architecture program of the College of Architecture, Art and Design is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) of the United States, www.naab.org.