AUB leaps forward in Times Higher Education university rankings

​​Safa Jafari Safa​ <ss152@aub.edu.lb>​, Office of Communications

AUB went up in the Times Higher Education (THE) 2019 World University Rankings​, moving for the first time from the 501-600 bracket to 401-500. The university showed significant improvements in scores on all fronts of the ranking assessment.

THE ranks 1,258 world universities on the basis of 13 performance indicators across five areas: (1) quality of, and level of investment in, teaching; (2) research productivity, funding, and reputation; (3) research influence as measured by citations per paper; (4) international outlook (proportion of foreign faculty and students); and (5) knowledge transfer (success in interacting with and attracting income from industry).

For AUB, the performance was above the world's median in all five areas. With an overall score of 37.1–41.6, AUB ranked first in Lebanon (out of two ranked institutions) and was tied for sixth in the Arab world (out of 52 ranked institutions). Improvement in research (by 20%) and citations (by 25%, rising from 38.4 in THE rankings for 2017, to 53 for 2018, and 66 for the 2019 rankings) were the main contributors to AUB's shift to a higher bracket compared to previous years. AUB ranked top in the Arab world in teaching, among universities that ranked in the top 500 worldwide. 

THE started publishing its own rankings in 2010. In 2015, a total of 14 Arab universities, including AUB for the first time, were ranked and the figure has risen to twice that number in 2016-17 and to 31 in 2017-2018, to reach 52 this year.

"What is impressive in AUB's performance in the THE rankings is not only the jump into the 401-500 bracket, but also, and perhaps more importantly, is maintaining its status as the lead institution in the region in terms of teaching and the significant improvement it showed over last year in terms or research quality and quantity" said University Librarian Lokman Meho. 

Dr. Meho also emphasized the significance of AUB maintaining its ranking among the top seven institutions in the Arab world. "Despite all the challenges that AUB has to deal with as a result of social, economic, and political conflicts and calamities in Lebanon and neighboring countries, the university continues to distinguish itself among the top in the region and rank among and ahead of universities that are both much larger and have greater access to financial, economic, and industrial resources."

"University rankings serve as both recognition and impetus,” added Meho. “Both research output and quality are expected to grow as a result of reinstating tenure and as AUB looks to expand its doctoral programs. Being ranked among the top is a great testament to our ability to compete."