Qatar University (QU) has been ranked No 1 in the Arab region in the Round University Rankings (RUR) published on April 12.
The institution is also ranked 360th worldwide, attaining the Bronze League in the overall rankings, and 13th worldwide on the International Diversity indicator.
The rankings agency is based in Moscow and is supported by data produced and provided by the Institutional Profiles database by Thomson Reuters.
The rankings measure performance of 700 leading world universities by 20 unique indicators and four key areas of university activities - teaching, research, international diversity and financial sustainability.
The Bronze League is part of a classified system comprising six leagues adopted by the RUR. The Bronze classification embraces universities ranked 301-400. To be counted as a part of the league, the university should get into the third quartile on main RUR indicators and into the second quartile in International Diversity and Financial Sustainability groups.
QU vice president and chief academic officer Dr Mazen Hasna said: "QU has been advancing well in all rankings over the past few years, and in this particular case, we are proud of our position that witnessed substantial improvement over last year’s. While QU is improving in almost all aspects related to the indicators of this ranking, our organised data reporting and understanding of different rankings have added to our improvement. "

Early registration starts at university

Meanwhile, the university has announced the early registration for the semester Fall 2016 and the three summer semesters (summer 1, summer 2, summer 3).
The registration is available via myBanner and continues till the end of the add and drop period for each semester.
Director of Registration Department Nasser Rashid al-Marri said the department opened the registration for graduate students (Diploma, Masters and Doctorate) from Sunday, while the registration for undergraduate students who finished 90 credit hours or more starts on Monday.
The new summer cluster, which includes three semesters, allows the students to register for 12 credit hours instead of 9. The first and second summer semesters will both start on June 26.
The first semester will last four weeks and end on July 28 while the second semester will last six weeks and end on August 11.
The third semester will start on July 31 and end on August 25.
The add and drop period for summer 1 and 2 will end on June 28 and end August 2 for summer 3. Fall 2016 will start on September 18 and the add and drop period for Fall 2016 will end on September 22.
The new summer system was designed to help QU’s students register in more hours and finish the graduation requirements in less time.
Al-Marri said all courses offered for Summer 1,2,3 and Fall 2016 have been announced one week before the early registration to give the students the opportunity to prepare their schedule and seek guidance from their academic advisers.
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