Posted on August 20, 2020

According to the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), released on 15 August by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, Qatar University (QU) has ranked 601-700 globally, .

Qatar University has maintained its legacy since 2017. In 2017 QU ranked 601-700, in 2018 QU ranked 901-1000 and in 2020 QU ranked 601-700 according to ARWU. On this occasion, QU President Dr. Hassan Al-Derham (pictured) said: “The university’s presence in this prestigious ranking is the result of deliberate work and concerted efforts of the university to improve the quality of education and scientific research.”

Since 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world top universities annually based on transparent methodology and objective third-party data. It has been recognized as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy one. This year, the best 1000 universities in the world are published. More than 40 universities entered into top 1000 list for the first time. Shanghai Ranking Consultancy is a fully independent organization dedicating to research on higher education intelligence and consultation. It has been the official publisher of the Academic Ranking of World Universities since 2009.

Universities are ranked by several indicators of academic or research performance, including alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers, papers published in Nature and Science, papers indexed in major citation indices, and the per capita academic performance of an institution. For each indicator, the highest scoring institution is assigned a score of 100, and other institutions are calculated as a percentage of the top score. The distribution of data for each indicator is examined for any significant distorting effect; standard statistical techniques are used to adjust the indicator if necessary.

Indicators and Weights for ARWU include; Quality of Education this weighs 10%,Quality of Faculty this weighs 40%, Research Output this weighs 40% and Per Capita Performance weighs 10%.

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