Qatar University (QU), Qatar’s primary institution of higher education, has made countless achievements and realised impressive results in rankings including the QS Quacquarelli Symonds internationalisation award, due to its global impact in 2022.
The award is based on a score for ‘internationalisation’ – the average of international student ratio, international faculty ratio, and international research network. QU was ranked second in Times Higher Education (THE) Arab University Rankings 2021 and second in the QS Arab Region University Rankings 2022.
QU also ranks among the top best 600 universities globally, according to 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. QS World University Rankings ranked QU 208 in the latest 2023 edition, an improvement of 16 places from the previous year.
In addition, QU continues to place among the top six universities in the International Outlook indicator, for the seventh year in a row, according to the overall THE World University Rankings. QU is also among the Global Top 25 performers, in the U-Multirank 2021 indicator ‘international joint publications’.
QU president Dr Hassan al-Derham commented on the recent accomplishments saying: “We are proud of the advanced positions achieved recently in international rankings of academic institutions, which positively reflect the prestigious global position Qatar University has reached with the help of its faculty, students, researchers and staff. We are on the path of excellence and raising the bar, leading to more global positions.”
International Affairs Office director Cesar Wazen stated there has been tremendous progress by Qatar University, signifying its competitiveness at a local and global level. The University has been supported by an ambitious strategy aiming to transform higher education in the country, prioritising research excellence and focusing on students. “Our excellence in international research outlook across three rankings using different methodologies also means that QU is making full use of the support it gets from Qatar especially through the generous research funds.”
QU chief strategy and development officer, Dr Khalid al-Khanji said, “At the start of a new academic year, it’s important to reflect on QU’s most recent accomplishments, noting the hard work and efforts that have gone into receiving these accolades. The University has also launched the College of Nursing as well as a number of new programmes and projects this year that will only help boost our rankings further up the charts.”
This semester, QU welcomed 28,000 students, including 4,700 new students, on the first day of the new academic year. This academic year comes on the cusp of Qatar hosting one of the most important global events in the region, the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, in which QU plays an important role including conducting research, seminars, consultations, and hosting the Argentine and Spain teams.

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