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AUB maintains high position in QS World University Rankings
6/9/2017
Jennifer Muller  |  Office of Communications  |  media@aub.edu.lb  | 

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The most recent QS World University Rankings show the American University of Beirut maintaining its position, with an overall ranking of 235.  This places AUB in the top 1% of all universities globally (approximately 26,000) and in the top 24% of the over 950 universities ranked by QS this year. AUB also continues to dominate in the domestic sphere, upholding its status as the top university in Lebanon and among the top in the Arab region. 

“In 2016, AUB’s QS ranking improved by an impressive 40 spots in a single year, from 268 to 228,” said AUB Provost Mohamed Harajli. “The fact that AUB maintained this remarkable performance by being ranked 235, with only an insignificant drop from last year, is an achievement which the AUB community should be proud of.”

An article by the QS Intelligence Unit also explains that a lower ranking may not denote a diminished performance, but rather a more competitive “neighborhood.”  Although US and UK universities still dominate the top 100, with MIT retaining the top spot for a sixth year, universities in other countries are making notable progress, such as China and Russia.

“Despite dramatic changes taking place in the world around us and in the higher education field, AUB maintained its top position globally and in the region and has shown improvement on some important indicators,” said Dr. Karma El Hassan, director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. “I am certain that AUB’s steady progress on the rankings will continue, and is just one indicator of the kind of transformation currently taking place at AUB.”

As in previous years, AUB scores extremely well in the categories of “employer reputation” and “international faculty,” ranking in the top 100 of both indicators. “Employer reputation” is based on over 40,000 survey responses from employers around the world. This is one of the most important indicators for student recruitment because it correlates with the employability of fresh graduates.

The University also does well in the areas of “international students” and “faculty student ratio,” both of which see AUB placing in the top 200 worldwide.  In fact, the ratio of number of faculty members to number of students saw a marked increase of 16 points over last year, which is significant since this indicator accounts for 20% of a university’s overall score.

Rankings are often used by students when considering their university of choice and can also be used internally: to gauge performance and output against other academic institutions and to give a sense of where a university stands in relation to others on the world stage. For example, AUB ranks higher than Tufts University in the US, Simon Fraser University in Canada, and Universitat Stuttgart in Germany.

“It must be emphasized that a high spot in university rankings should not be seen as an end in itself,” noted Provost Harajli. “AUB’s long history has been marked by a constant pursuit of excellence and building on our strong foundations toward a greater and more impactful future. If rankings follow, so much the better, but our primary concern is delivering a top quality education and conducting research that makes a difference in our world.”

The QS World University Rankings are published annually by Quacquarelli Symonds and are one of the most respected, stable, and widely read rankings of global universities. QS also publishes the World University Rankings by Subject and by Region.  In 2016, AUB had two programs placed in the top 200 for the subject area rankings—Philosophy and Archaeology—and AUB was ranked #2 in the entire Arab region.
Story Highlights
  • ​The most recent QS World University Rankings show the American University of Beirut maintaining its position, with an overall ranking of 235.  
  • This places AUB in the top 1% of all universities globally (approximately 26,000) and in the top 24% of the over 950 universities ranked by QS this year. 
  • AUB also continues to dominate in the domestic sphere, upholding its status as the top university in Lebanon and among the top in the Arab region. 
 
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