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Khalifa University Tops in UAE and Ranked Second in Arab World in Nature Index 2021 Ranking for Research

August 24, 2021

22 Papers Published by Khalifa University Indicate High-Quality Research in Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Physical Sciences  


Khalifa University has announced it is ranked top in the UAE and second among Arab institutions in terms of research output by the latest Nature Index 2021 Ranking. With a total of 22 research papers, and a ‘share’ of (6.53), Khalifa University remains ahead of all other contenders in the UAE. 


Among the Arab institutions, Khalifa University jumped seven places to become the second in the Nature Index 2021 ranking for research.

Khalifa University has a total of 11 research papers in Earth and Environmental Sciences, 9 in Physical Sciences and 4 in Chemistry, for the 1 May 2020 – 1 April 2021 assessment period. The UAE, as a country, had a total of 122 research papers from 10 institutions.


The Nature Index is a database of author affiliations and institutional relationships. It is an indicator of high-quality research in the Natural and Physical Sciences, including Chemistry, Life Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Physical Sciences. The Index tracks contributions to research articles published in 82 high-quality natural-science journals, chosen by an independent group of researchers. The latest rankings were based on the Nature Index data from 1 May 2020 – 1 April 2021. 


Clarence Michael
English Editor Specialist
24 August 2021