BZU breaks into QS World University Rankings
For the first time, Birzeit University has been listed in the 14th edition of the “QS World University Rankings 2018”. Chosen among 26 thousand universities worldwide, the University was among 3% of the best universities in the world. The list included about 950 universities.
The Quacquarelli Symonds Rankings is an annual ranking of the top universities around the globe. Birzeit University is the only Palestinian university to enter the QS World University Ranking this year.
The University was among 32 other prominent Arab universities from 12 different countries. The universities were chosen among 500 other Arab universities.
Birzeit University President Abdullatif Abuhijleh expressed his pride in this unprecedented achievement. He said that this international recognition is shaped by the university’s combined efforts to push the boundaries of research and provide innovative educational opportunities.
The university’s strong performance in this year’s ranking is a reflection in the quality of education and research offered by BZU, in addition to its local and international impact. The QS rankings gave Birzeit University the highest weightage of 40% to academic reputation, followed by a 20% to the number citations per faculty, 20% for the student to faculty ration, 10% for the employer reputation, 5% for international faculty and 5% for international students.
Birzeit University has scored 1314 citations. Around 258 researches were published in the past five years (2011-2016) in different subjects.
In a domestic comparison, BZU surpassed all other institutions within the Palestinian territory. BZU places 1st in overall performance, academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty student, citations per faculty, international faculty, and international students.
Birzeit University retained its title as Palestine’s best university in all the previously mentioned indicators, while exceeding a number of well known regional and international universities in terms of academic reputation.
“Despite the political thwarts imposed by the Israeli occupation, and the fact that we are facing many obstacles due to our financial crisis, the university will never stop its efforts to empower its academic excellence, develop new programs, and enhance its educational and research infrastructure”, Abuhijleh commented.
In a related context, QS ranking will soon announce its new edition of the rankings of the top universities in the Arab world. In the past two years, Birzeit University was ranked first among local universities, and was ranked 50th among Arabs in the last edition of QS.
Learn more about the top world universities for the year 2018 on QS: