Posted on September 02, 2020

Qatar University (QU) has jumped 90 places and entered the club of the best 350 International Universities according to Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021. The results showed that QU has jumped up to the 301-350 band.

The THE World University Rankings 2021 includes 1,527 universities across 93 countries and regions, standing as the largest and most diverse university rankings ever to date. The table is based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. This achievement consolidates QU's recent results in rankings as the institution moved from 276 in the QS World University Ranking in 2020 to 245 in the 2021 ranking, effectively jumping 31 places, and becoming one of the most improved universities.

Commenting on this accomplishment, QU President Dr. Hassan Al Derham, said: “This is a prestigious moment for QU to be ranked among top 350 Universities globally. This jump signifies the commitment of QU towards its five-year strategy (2018-2022) which maps out the routes to achieving continuing performance excellence. The participation in worldwide rankings brings a positive competition; it raises participants’ international standing and improves job market for graduates of those universities. For QU, international ranking is a result and not a goal. Our main goal is to prepare national leaders and develop the national human capital towards building a knowledge-based economy.”

On this achievement, Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer at THE said: “Qatar University has always been one of the most internationally connected universities in the world – leading the world for our “international outlook” category in the World University Rankings, with strong international connections and a diverse campus community. So it is great to see the university rise significantly up the rankings for 2021. This is driven by an excellent score for research impact – a sign of how influential the university’s research is among scholars globally, based on our analysis of more than 80 million citations across more than 13 million research publications.”

On this occasion, Roland Hancock, Partner at PwC Middle East said, “Qatar continues to invest in its education system, its research strength and the caliber of its higher education institutions, capabilities and partnerships, reflected in Qatar University being recognized for its ongoing contribution in education and research and its increasing relevance and impact. This strong achievement has been made during a period when the rules of higher education are being re-written by Covid-19 and the resultant changes to delivery and collaboration models. Travel has been restricted and this might mean a potential for increased numbers of domestic students (albeit with a possible reduction of international enrolments)”

He further added, “In parallel, however, this year globally we have observed an increase in university partnerships to achieve scientific research goals, indicating that an opportunity may now be opening for Qatar's universities to bring the best of global research and educational delivery to a more local student and faculty body through effective and meaningful partnerships and collaborative research programs.”

In a session at THE’s Virtual World Academic Summit titled, Post Covid-19 sustainability in higher education: Have governance priorities changed?  On 1 September, PwC Middle East highlighted key areas of focus on how higher education institutional governance needs to change for the better in terms of decisions that need to be made differently to improve resilience and financial sustainability of universities in the wake of the pandemic. During the session, PwC also shared preliminary findings from a recent survey asking university leaders about governance priorities post-Covid-19 lockdowns.

The performance in the THE World University Rankings 2021 is a great achievement for QU and is a testament to the efforts QU has undertaken to gain international recognition. The University stands today as a beacon of academic and research excellence, and embraces a student body of around 20,000 female and male students enrolled in its various academic programs.