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AUS jumps to 390 in world university rankings
American University of Sharjah (AUS) has jumped 50 places in a list of top universities in the world, according to London-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), one of the world's most trusted university rankings. AUS now ranks 390 among over 3,000 universities worldwide that were considered and over 850 that were evaluated. The information was published in the QS World University Rankings® 2014-2015, which was published earlier this month.
In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, 28 universities made the QS World University ranking and AUS is one of only two in the UAE and the only private university in the country ranked in the top 400.
Expressing his satisfaction over the improved ranking, AUS Chancellor Dr. Björn Kjerfve said, "We are pleased with this international recognition and this honor is a testament to the vision of our founder and President of AUS, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to create a university that meets international standards of excellence. However, we are hoping to move the university still higher in the ranking in the years to come."
"The improvement in the university's overall QS score and annual ranking, amongst other criteria, is a good indicator of how AUS continues to strengthen its position as one of the leading universities in the MENA region, which not only provides excellence in academic standing but continues to work diligently in producing future leaders that can contribute to the growth of the regional economy," stated Chancellor Kjerfve.
The QS World University Rankings evaluates universities based on academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty-student ratio, and proportions of international students and international faculty.
AUS initially entered the QS ranking in the 2012-2013 list, ranking in the 601+ bracket.