Posted on July 24, 2017

Qatar University (QU) has been ranked #37 in the “QS Top 50 Under 50” 2018 ranking among the world’s leading young universities founded less than 50 years ago. The announcement was recently made on the QS website, naming QU 37th among the top young universities in the world, and the first in the Arab world and the Middle East region.

In the 2018 edition, QU improved by 12 places as it was ranked #49 in the “QS Top 50 Under 50” 2016-2017. This improvement is the highest among all the top 50 universities, making QU the “Fastest Rising Young University”. For the first time, the “QS Top 50 Under 50” ranking includes the “Top 50 Under 50” and the “Next 100 Under 50” -- enumerating, in total, the world’s 150 leading institutions founded after 1967. This year’s ranking includes universities from 25 different countries. 

First published in 2012, the “QS Top 50 Under 50” celebrates the world’s leading young universities. It is published annually, based on the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings®, and since 2015 has doubled its range to include the “Next 50 Under 50”. The QS World University Rankings® assesses universities’ performance across six indicators: academic reputation (40%), employer reputation (10%), research citations per faculty member (20%), faculty/student ratio (20%), proportion of international students (5%), and proportion of international faculty members (5%).

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For inclusion in the “Top 50 Under 50”, universities must be under 50 years old. This is assessed based on each institution’s date of establishment. Institutions formed within the last 50 years through a merger, or which previously existed under a different name and/or status, may also be included. Established in 1977,QU is 40 years old.

Commenting on this achievement, QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham said: “Since its inception in 1977, Qatar University continues to serve as Qatar’s primary institution of higher education and as the fastest-growing university for research in the region. This significant success highlights the reputation that Qatar University has built over the years and the University’s ongoing efforts to advance its positioning in the international arena among the top universities in the world. The "QS Top 50 Under 50" 2018 ranking shows an improvement of the University’s last year performance as it was ranked #49 in 2016-2017. It is also an indication of the University’s vision to be at the forefront of the leading institutions through the quality of academic programs and faculty expertise, the competencies of graduates, and the services it provides to the community, as well as the solid partnerships it has built with leading international institutions.”