According to the "Times" 2021 classification

5 UAE universities among the best in the world

  • UAE universities have become a regional and international center for higher education.

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Five Emirati universities are among the top 1000 universities in the world in the Times Foundation ranking for 2021, and they include the United Arab Emirates University, Khalifa University, University of Sharjah, American University of Sharjah, in addition to Zayed University.

The UAE University ranked 301, and Khalifa University ranked 351 at the level of universities in the world, and the University of Sharjah, the American University of Sharjah and Zayed University came in the list of universities between 801 and 1000.

Emirati universities have achieved advanced ranks among the best universities in the world.

It also topped many global indicators at the level of Arab and Middle Eastern universities, according to the latest rankings of the Times Higher Education Institute, and the QS “Cocarelli Symond” and US News Foundation’s ranking of the top 1000 universities in the world.

The results of the Emirati higher education institutions in the various international rankings reflected the consideration of the UAE as a regional and global center for higher education, and a preferred educational destination for students and academic professors, due to its internationally ranked advanced universities, in addition to the branches of the best international universities with a prestigious academic reputation.

The Emirati universities achieved second place in the Arab world in terms of the number of universities ranked internationally in the "QS" classification, (Cocarelli Symond), after Saudi Arabia, which topped the list with 10 universities, followed by the United Arab Emirates with eight universities, and in the "Times" classification. The Emirati universities came in third place with a score of five, after the Egyptian universities, which topped with nine universities, and Saudi Arabia came in second place with a score of seven universities.

At the level of the QS Foundation’s classification for the top 1000 international universities in 2021, eight Emirati universities maintained their presence in the list of the best international universities for the third year in a row, according to the latest classification issued by the institution.

8 universities

The eight universities have made progress in the global rankings from their position last year, with a number of centers ranging between 20 and 60, which qualified them to be all within the list of the 30 best Arab universities ranked internationally.

Khalifa University came in 211th in the world and third in the Arab world, and made progress in its ranking in the list of the best international universities last year by 57 places, while the UAE University came in 284th in the world and sixth in the Arab world, with an advance of 45 places, and the American University of Sharjah came in 348th and eighth. In the Arab world after 23 places advanced, while the American University of Dubai ranked 601 in the world and 17 in the Arab world, the University of Sharjah ranked 649 in the world and 21 in the Arab world, Abu Dhabi University ranked 701 globally and 24 in the Arab world, Ajman University ranked 702 globally and 25 in the Arab world, and Zayed University ranked 702 in the world and 25 in the Arab world. 750 internationals and 28 Arabs.

Khalifa University

Khalifa University ranked 15th in the QS Foundation’s rankings of the top 50 global universities under 50 years old, advancing 18 ranks compared to last year, topping the list of educational institutions in the Arab world in the ranking.

It also ranked first in the UAE, and 114th globally, according to US News and World Report's rankings of the best international universities for 2020 in the field of engineering.

The university also ranked second in the Middle East and North Africa region, and among the world's top 200 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in the field of engineering and technology.

The Vice President of the University, Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, said, "Khalifa University's achievement of the 15th position in the list of the best international universities reflects the continuous progress it is making and the dedicated efforts made by members of the academic and administrative bodies and students, especially in the academic and research fields."

Emirates University

The United Arab Emirates University was ranked fifth among the best universities in the region in the (QS) World Ranking of Arab Universities, and the ranking includes 160 institutions from 17 countries across the region and 14 Emirati institutions.

According to the same classification, the United Arab Emirates University occupies the fifth place regionally for the fourth year in a row, as it has achieved many achievements that have contributed to it occupying an advanced position at the level of universities in the world, including entering the list of the best 50 universities under the age of 50 years.

The university affirmed that its advanced ranking in world classifications and its first positions in the Arab universities' classification reflects its academic reputation and its obtaining distinguished opinions from employers, as the highest weight in the university’s performance is allocated to the institution’s academic reputation, through which the opinion of academics from all over the world is evaluated in relation to The best institutions in terms of teaching and scientific research, while the opinions of employers measure the opinion of institutions and companies about the performance of university graduates.

Abu Dhabi University

Abu Dhabi University was ranked among the "10 fastest progressing universities" according to the QS Foundation (Cocarelli Symond) ranking for Arab universities for the year 2020, ranking seventh in the Arab region in terms of international faculty members, and eighth place in the classification in the plurality and diversity of students it attracts from All over the world, with more than 80 different nationalities, and Abu Dhabi University topped the list of the best Arab universities in the index of the diversity of faculty members and international students, as it ranked first, advancing six centers in terms of the diversity of international faculty members and seven centers in the plurality and diversity of international students. For last year, in which it topped the list of the 10 best universities in the Arab world.

Abu Dhabi University President Dr. Waqar Ahmed said: “We are proud at Abu Dhabi University for our leadership in Arab universities in the diversity of faculty members and international students, as this achievement translates into the university’s constant keenness to promote a culture of diversity, and to continue to attract faculty members and students from different parts of the world, and we attribute this Success is due to the distinguished academic experience of a world-class level and our comprehensive educational environment, faculty members who are competent and knowledgeable, in addition to the rich educational curricula that make the student the focus of efforts aimed at achieving the highest levels of academic excellence, as well as the university's efforts to expand its research activities and establish its position as an academic destination. Supports research according to various local, regional and international classifications.

Zayed University

Zayed University has achieved a new achievement by being included for the first time in the list of national universities in the UAE in the "Times Higher Education" global rankings, based on the performance of its basic tasks (education, scientific research, knowledge dissemination, and the international academic community's view of it).

The Acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Nagy Wakim, said, “The entry of Zayed University in the Times Higher Education Classification is a milestone added to the higher education and scientific research sector in the UAE, and evidence of the quality and dedication of the university’s faculty, staff and students, as well as the Zayed University’s ownership of a lot. Of the capabilities and projects that meet its aspirations for innovation and scientific research ».

Global standards

The Times ranking is based mainly on five criteria, including: education, scientific research, citations, industry income, and international prominence.

Universities are judged on the basis of extensive research in all of their core tasks, which include education, research, knowledge transfer and international expectations. 13 performance indicators are carefully calibrated to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons that students, academics, and university leaders, industry and governments trust.

The ranking of the company «QS» for evaluating the performance of universities is based on the analysis and evaluation of key aspects related to the teaching process and scientific research and the ability of graduates to find jobs, and the degree of universality in the faculty and university students, as the institution uses a consistent curricular framework based on six different criteria, including academic reputation 40 The university’s reputation among the employees “the status of university graduates” is 10%, the ratio of academic staff members to students is 20%, and the percentage of academic citations for each academic body member is 20%, while 10% were divided into two equal parts, namely: the proportion of international academic staff members 5% The proportion of international students is 5%.

The overall index for classification also includes a mixture of data on research and educational performance to measure the overall performance of universities, while in measuring educational performance on opinion poll data for academics and employers, and others provided by universities and government agencies.


"Khalifa University" is at the top in the Emirates ... and "Zayed University" enters "The Times" for the first time.

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8 Emirati universities among the top 1000 in the world in the "QS" 2021 classification.

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