American Univesity of Beirut

AUB continues to climb in Times Higher Education rankings 2020


AUB has long been regarded regionally and internationally as an outstanding university for the contributions that it makes in terms of education, research, healthcare, and community development. The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, one of the most reputable annual university rankings publications globally, has recognized AUB’s ongoing commitment to excellence with a leap forward in their rankings for a second consecutive year. 

AUB is now ranked by THE in the top 351-400 universities worldwide, having moved up 46 places over the course of the past year. Even with increased competition as more universities are surveyed, AUB is now ranked among the top 25% of universities worldwide. This improved ranking correlates with higher scores in the critically important areas of teaching, research, and citations which constitute 90% of the final score as per THE evaluation criteria.

When AUB was first ranked by THE in 2016, it was placed in the 501-600 range, where it stayed for three years until 2019 whereby AUB jumped up to the 401-500 range. AUB has now moved up again in its rank where it sits in the 351-400 range, out of 1,396 universities surveyed. AUB is 1 of only 6 universities in the Arab world to rank among the top 400. It ranked 4th among the 62 universities from the Arab world evaluated in the THE World University Rankings 2020. This is a substantial improvement from its place in 7th last year. 

“What is so impressive about AUB’s ranking 4th in the Arab world in THE is that it is based on the talents and achievements of a great mixture of local and international students, faculty, and researchers,” explains Dr. Lokman Meho, university librarian. “This is actually a trademark of AUB and what separates it from the rest of universities in Lebanon and the Arab world.”

THE rankings are based on a broad set of indicators, described as pillars, which represent key areas in higher education excellence. The majority of a university’s ranking score is based on teaching, research, and citations with each of these pillars being allocated 30 percent. As an indicator, teaching refers to an assessment of the learning environment. The research pillar, on the other hand, refers to an assessment of the volume of research, funding, and quality of research conducted by a university, whereas the citations pillar refers to the influence of research conducted. The international outlook pillar—which relates to the percentage of international staff, percentage of international students, and international co-authorship—constitutes 7.5 percent of the final score. The remaining 2.5 percent is allocated to the industry income pillar in which industry income to academic staff is assessed. 

Overall, this notable improvement in AUB’s ranking is a reflection of the university’s commitment to constantly do better, achieve more, and pursue excellence. 

Check out the full THE World University Rankings 2020 he​re.​

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