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AUS ranks 8th in Times Higher Education top 15 universities in the Arab world
American University of Sharjah has been ranked as number eight among the top 15 universities in the Arab world, according to Times Higher Education (THE) snapshot ranking which was released ahead of the Times Higher Education's Mena Universities Summit.
AUS, along with UAE University, are the only universities in the country which have been placed among the Top 15 universities in the Arab world, with the UAEU coming in at number five.
According to World University Rankings 2015-2016, AUS has also been ranked at 12 position in a list of the top 200 international universities.
The ranking was drawn from data used to compile the World University Rankings 2015-16. It was calculated using the same 13 performance indicators as in the overall rankings methodology, but only institutions in the 22 member states of the Arab League were eligible for inclusion. Eight countries are represented in the Top 15, including Morocco, Oman, Lebanon, Qatar and Jordan.
The top 200 international universities were determined based on the international outlook indicator, which considers each institution's proportion of international staff, international students and research papers published with at least one co-author from another country. Both the diversity of a university's student body and the extent to which its academics collaborate with international colleagues are signs of how global an institution really is, and these factors are among the 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that allow Times Higher Education to produce the most comprehensive global university rankings in the world. AUS ranked 12 based on this international outlook indicator.
According to Phil Baty, Editor, THE Rankings, "An institution's global outlook is one of the key markers of a prestigious university. The top institutions hire faculty from all over the world, attract students from a global market of top talent and collaborate with leading departments wherever they happen to be based."
"It is great news for all the institutions in the list of the most international universities in the world. It is a sign of great potential, competitiveness and dynamism," added Baty.