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Khalifa University Top in UAE in 2021 Times Higher Education Arab Universities Ranking

July 27, 2021

New Ranking Indicates Emphasis on Locally and Globally-Relevant Research, World-Class Faculty Experts and Quality Education  


Khalifa University has announced that it is top-ranked in the UAE and has remained among the top 10 out of 125 Arab institutions in the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) Arab Universities Ranking that was announced at the THE Arab Universities Forum.


Khalifa University ranked sixth overall in the THE list that assessed universities from 14 Arab countries. The ranking is THE’s most comprehensive assessment of higher education in the Arab region to date.


The methodology behind the Arab ranking is based on the same framework as the global table, but some adjustments have been made and some new metrics have been included to reflect the features and missions of universities in the Arab region. There are regional measures on reputation and collaboration as well as metrics related to social impact.


The performance indicators are grouped into five areas: Teaching (the learning environment); Research (volume, income and reputation); Citations (research influence); International outlook (staff, students and research); and Industry income (knowledge transfer).


Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, said: “Our ranking in the latest 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) Arab Universities listings rankings once again establishes the emphasis we place on locally and globally-relevant research, world-class faculty experts and our quality of education. We believe this ranking will encourage us further to seek even greater heights in the future.”


THE University Ranking Forum: Arab University Rankings 2021 also featured the launch of the inaugural THE Arab University Rankings. Leaders and managers from institutions across the Arab World convened for the one-day forum to reconsider performance and to examine how measuring university impact can provide a framework for building and enhancing reputation.


Clarence Michael
English Editor Specialist
27 July 2021