Dubai, UAE: American University in Dubai (AUD) has been placed as the city’s top university in the latest release of the globally renowned and respected QS World University Rankings. The 2021 edition of the annual listing also positions the University in the top 650 institutions worldwide, #24 in Arab region’s ranking and among the top four in two global diversity indicators.

This year’s ranking confirms the University’s growing reputation for academic excellence and graduate employability, both regionally and internationally. In addition to being named number one in Dubai, AUD has been ranked among the top five universities in the UAE and among the top 51 percentile globally, it’s highest position in six years.

As an institution renowned for providing an authentic North American education experience based in the Middle East, AUD also registered a remarkable performance in the listing’s diversity indicators, with a global ranking of number two for international faculty, and number four for international students. The University also made significant advances against the ranking’s research and academic reputation indicators.

The 2021 QS World University Rankings evaluated over 5,500 higher education institutions across the globe. AUD is among an elite group of 1000 universities from 80 locations that made it into the listing, which is based on a range of performance measures, including reputation in the academic and employer communities, research output, and faculty/student indicators.

Speaking about the University’s impressive performance in this year’s ranking, Dr. Sabrina Joseph, Acting Provost and Chief Academic Officer said, “AUD is very proud of its performance in the recent 2021 QS World University Rankings. This is a testament to the university’s unwavering commitment to academic excellence, student success and diversity.”

Now in its 17th year, the QS (Quacquarelli-Symonds) Ranking is among the most comprehensive, influential, and widely-read ranking systems in global higher education, and the first such system to be approved by the International Ranking Expert Group (IREG).


About AUD

The American University in Dubai is a private, academically and culturally inclusive institution of higher learning, providing a globally recognized American education.

AUD delivers a student-centric, forward-thinking learning experience to over 2000 undergraduates, graduates and professionals from more than 100 countries worldwide.

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