The American University of Beirut (AUB) made it to the podium ! The institution was ranked third best university in the Arab world by the British research firm Quacquarelly Symonds (QS), which publishes every year a ranking of the “1,000 best universities from around the world”.

In 224th position, AUB is closely following two Saudi universities: King Abdulaziz University of Jeddah (186th) and University of Petroleum and Minerals of Dhahran (200th).

Six other Lebanese universities also made it in the top 1,000 listed institutions. Université Saint-Joseph (USJ) was mentioned between rows 561 and 570, the Lebanese American University (LAU) and University of Balamand (UOB) between rows 581 and 590, Saint-Esprit Kaslik (USEK) between row 601 and 650 and Beirut Arab University (BAU) and Notre-Dame university (NDU) between row 801 and 1000. Their exact ranking wasn’t shared.

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QS ranking is built according to several criteria: academic reputation (40%), employer reputation (10%), teacher/student ratio (20%), research output (20%), international teacher ration (5%) and international student ratio (5%).

The American University of Beirut is leading the way among its Lebanese peers thanks to a high foreign student ratio (22%) compared to 18 % for LAU, 16 % for BAU, 15 % for USEK, 9 % for UOB et 6 % for USJ. AUB was also granted the highest qualification of “high” for research, while its counterparts were only granted a “medium”.

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Globally, QS ranking is led by three American universities: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), followed by Stanford University and Harvard University. The first non-American, coming fourth, is Oxford University, in the United Kingdom.