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Qatar University (QU), Qatar’s primary institution of higher education, has made several achievements recently, such as improving its world rankings and receiving international awards, including the QS Quacquarelli Symonds Internationalization Award which recognizes the global impact the university has made in 2022.The award is given to universities based on their score for ‘internationalization’ – the average of international student ratio, international faculty ratio, and international research network.
QU was ranked second in Times Higher Education (THE) Arab University Rankings 2021 and second in the QS Arab Region University Rankings 2022. QU also ranks among the top best 600 universities globally, according to 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.
QS World University Rankings put QU in 208th position in its latest 2023 edition, an improvement of 16 places from the previous year. In addition, QU continues to place itself among the top six universities in the International Outlook indicator for the seventh year in a row, according to the overall THE World University Rankings. QU is also among the Global Top 25 performers in the U-Multirank 2021 indicator ‘international joint publications’.
QU President Dr Hassan Al-Derham commented, “We are proud of the advanced positions achieved recently by the university in international rankings of academic institutions, which positively reflect the prestigious global position QU has reached with the support of its faculty, students, researchers and staff. We are on the path of excellence and raising the bar, leading to achieving more global positions.”
Cesar Wazen, director of the International Affairs Office at QU, said, “Qatar University continues to advance in various global rankings. There has been tremendous progress made by Qatar University, signifying its competitiveness at local and global levels. The university has been supported by an ambitious strategy aiming to transform higher education in the country, prioritising research excellence and focusing on students. Our excellence in international research outlook across three rankings using different methodologies also means that QU is making full use of the support it gets from the State of Qatar, especially through the generous research funds.”
QU’s Chief Strategy and Development Officer Dr Khalid Al-Khanji said, “At the start of a new academic year, it’s important to reflect on QU’s most recent accomplishments, in view of the hard work and efforts that have gone into making these accolades possible. It is also worth noting, that the coming year is a unique one; Qatar will be hosting the FIFA World Cup giving our faculty/community and students a wealth of opportunities. The university has also launched a new college, The College of Nursing, as well as a number of new programmes and projects this year that will help boost our rankings further up the charts.”
This semester, QU welcomed 28,000 students, including 4,700 new students, on the first day of the new academic year. This academic year comes on the cusp of Qatar hosting one of the most important global events in the region, the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, in which QU plays an important role including conducting research, seminars, consultations and hosting of some of the international teams participating in it.