The Times Higher Education’s ‘Most International University List 2015/16’ sees the American University of Sharjah and the United Arab Emirates University both ranked in the top 20.
The website states, “the best universities in the world are truly global institutions – ones that attract students and scholars from all over the world and collaborate with leading departments no matter where they are based.”
And, while Qatar University ranked significantly lower in the overall ratings (600-800) it succeeded in winning 'Most International University, 2015/16. In second place was the University of Luxembourg and third, the University of Hong Kong.
The American University of Sharjah came in joint 12th with United Arab Emirates University ranked 15th.
The international outlook indicator considers each institution’s proportions of international staff, international students and research papers published with at least one co-author from another country. All the institutions that feature in the top 800 of the overall 2015-2016 ranking were considered.
Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education, explained that countries with naturally small indigenous populations like Qatar and the UAE are by their nature more inclined to ‘internationalisation.’
“There are, of course, certain demographic factors which will make it easier for universities to recruit staff and students across national borders, so universities in the region do get a natural advantage ... but the research element is a different matter; only a university in the region which is committed to investing in research, and which has a productive workforce publishing research in international journals [will do well on the list],” he said.