Abu Dhabi Among Top Ten Arab Universities for Faculty and Student Diversity

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Published November 10th, 2019 - 07:57 GMT
Abu Dhabi University
Abu Dhabi University
Abu Dhabi University has been named among the top 10 Arab Universities for faculty and student diversity according to the 2020 QS Arab Region University Rankings

Abu Dhabi University (ADU), an internationally recognized academic institution for quality education and applied research, has been named among the top 10 Arab Universities for faculty and student diversity according to the 2020 QS Arab Region University Rankings, ranking 7th in the Arab Region for International Faculty, 8th for International Students with over 80 nationalities.

ADU has also been named among the top 30 universities in the Arab world for the 6th year in a row since 2015, placing it among the top 17% of universities in the region, according to the 2020 QS Arab Region University Rankings. ADU now ranks 27th out of 131 universities, maintaining its ranking despite the addition of new entrants to the list.

ADU has also improved in positional rankings for Academic Reputation, Research Papers per Faculty, International Research Network and Web Impact. ADU is also 12th for Research Papers per Faculty. Academic Reputation has also risen 12 places since the 2019 QS Arab Region University Rankings.

In addition to the overall ranking, ADU also scored highly on several performance indicators including Faculty Members Holding a PhD, International Faculty and International Students, reflecting the university’s quality of faculty as well as its efforts to nurture a growing and diverse student population. ADU also scored highly on Employer Reputation, demonstrating its commitment to being one of the universities of choice among employers in the region.  

Coinciding with the university celebrating 15 years of growth and excellence, ADU has achieved a better position than some of its much older and/or similar aged counterparts as affirmed by these prestigious rankings. This is a testament to ADU’s unwavering commitment to providing quality education.

“We are proud to again be recognized by the prestigious Quacquarelli Symonds organization as one of the 2020 Arab Region’s top 30 universities” remarked Professor Waqar Ahmad, Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University. “Our success can be attributed to a number of factors, including our top-quality internationally-qualified faculty, our challenging and rich academic curriculum, dynamic learning experiences that place students as co-creators and partners in directing their studies both inside and outside the classroom, and research informed teaching and learning, which allows students to apply their knowledge and skills to real world problems in the UAE and wider region. We are immensely proud of our graduates, who provide the best evidence of our institutional success.”

In conjunction with the UAE government’s vision to support innovation, information technology and development, ADU recently announced the expansion of its internationally accredited academic portfolio to include a unique range of bachelor’s programs in the engineering and health sciences streams. Engineering programs include biomedical engineering, cybersecurity engineering, industrial engineering and software engineering, in addition to urban planning (CAA accreditation pending). Health sciences programs include biomedical sciences (laboratory medicine), human nutrition and dietetics, and molecular and medical genetics in addition to the existing environmental health and safety and public health programs.

First published in 2014, the annual QS Arab Region University Rankings highlights leading universities in this part of the world. This year’s rankings were compiled by assessing universities on ten performance indicators including academic reputation, international research network, citations per paper and employer reputation.

Background Information

Abu Dhabi University

The dream began with the Charter of Abu Dhabi University in the year 2000, After three years of planning, the university opened its doors in September 2003, to an entering class of 1,000 students on its two campuses in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Unlike other colleges and universities in the UAE, ADU undertook the measures necessary to ensure that all of the degree programs it would offer had secured accreditation from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in advance of any students enrolling in them.

ADU offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees based upon the American model of higher education.

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