Posted on June 10, 2018

Qatar University (QU) has made a significant improvement in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2018 by advancing its position from 101-150 in 2017 to 87 in the 2018 rankings. 

The THE Young University Rankings list the world’s best universities that are aged 50 years or under. The 2018 rankings include 250 institutions from 55 different countries.

In calculating the top young universities, the THE Young University Rankings 2018 use the same 13 performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings, to assess research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. However, the weightings are recalibrated to reflect the profile of missions of young universities, and to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

The performance indicators are grouped into five areas: Teaching -- the learning environment (30%), Research -- volume, income and reputation (30%), Citations -- research influence (30%), International Outlook -- staff, students and research (7.5%), and Industry Income -- knowledge transfer (2.5%).

Commenting on this achievement, QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham (pictured) said: “The Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2018 show an improvement of QU’s last year performance as it was ranked #101-150 in 2017. Since its inception in 1977, QU has been a leading institution of academic and research excellence in the region providing high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs aligned with the international standards. This achievement demonstrates QU’s pivotal role in contributing to the State of Qatar’s stated ambitions towards a knowledge-based economy, and in providing the local and international labor market with distinguished graduates who will contribute to the country’s growth. Additionally, The recent Gulf crisis did not affect QU’s research quality and quantity. The University currently holds 32.9% of the overall percentage (70%) of institutions in Qatar which means that papers emerging from QU that are co-authored with international researchers make up one-third of all internationally-collaborated papers from Qatar as a whole.”

THE Editorial Director, Global Rankings Phil Baty said: “The Young University Rankings take a closer look at the rising stars of global higher education, by restricting the analysis to universities under 50 years old, while applying the same rigorous standards and the same balanced and comprehensive range of 13 performance indicators as the World University Rankings. So for Qatar University to break comfortably into the world top 100 for the first time this year is an exciting and highly commendable step on its journey. At under 45 years old, Qatar University has developed rapidly, but it is now starting to reach maturity with a strong presence on the world stage.”