Posted on June 27, 2018

Qatar University (QU) has been ranked 332nd in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2019, among the top 1,000 universities in the world, and 36th in the “QS Top 50 Under 50” 2019 ranking. In the QS World University Rankings 2019, QU improved on its 2018 performance by 17 positions. It is noteworthy that QU has moved up 219 ranks over the last 6 years. QU is also amongst the top 6 universities in the Arab region.

The University also improved in the “QS Top 50 Under 50” ranking by one position on its 2018 performance and by 13 positions on its 2016-2017 performance. It is almost amongst the 3 universities ranked from the Arab region. The QS World University Rankings continue to enjoy a remarkably consistent methodological framework, compiled using six simple metrics that effectively capture university performance. Thus, universities continue to be evaluated according to the following six metrics: Academic reputation (40%), Employer reputation (10%), Citations per faculty (20%), Faculty/student ratio (20%), International faculty (5%), and International student ratio (5%).

QU ranked 332nd in the QS 2 [].jpgFor inclusion in the “Top 50 Under 50”, universities must be under 50 years old. This is assessed based on each institution’s date of establishment. Institutions formed within the last 50 years through a merger, or which previously existed under a different name and/or status, may also be included. Established in 1977, QU is 41 years old. First published in 2012, the “QS Top 50 Under 50” celebrates the world’s leading young universities. It is published annually, based on the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings®, and since 2015 has doubled its range to include the “Next 50 Under 50”. 25 different study destinations are represented in this year’s ranking.

Commenting on this achievement, QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham said: “Being selected among the top universities in the world is an important momentous to QU. In the 2019 rankings, QU improved by 17 places on its 2018 performance and by 61 places on its 2017 performance. QU’s improvement in the rankings is all the more admirable this year as the list of assessed universities increased by 44 universities since last year, however QU’s rank continued to improve. The "QS Top 50 Under 50" 2019 ranking also shows an improvement of the University’s last year performance as it was ranked 37th in 2018. This demonstrates the high-quality education that QU offers to its students and the alignment of its academic programs with the needs of the local labor market. QU will continue to address relevant local and regional challenges and to advance knowledge. The University developed a new five-year strategy (2018-2022) which maps out the routes to achieving continuing performance excellence, as we aim to prepare national leaders and develop the national human capital towards building a knowledge-based economy. We look forward to consistently increasing our positioning among the top universities in the region and worldwide.”

QS Regional Director – Middle East, North Africa & South Asia Ashwin Fernandes said: “It is commendable to see the rise of Qatar University through our various rankings, including the recently released QS World University Rankings 2019 edition, with an increase of over 219 positions since its inclusion in 2013. This increase is just not a number, but a statement that Qatar University is aligning with Qatar National Vision 2030, and aiming to create an educational system which is on par with global standards, providing the youth of Qatar and the community at large with a university for the future. It is one of the fastest rising universities in the region today.”