Higher education in the United Arab Emirates has expanded rapidly since the founding of the United Arab Emirates University in 1976. There are now over one hundred institutions of higher education with about 140,000 students. Three universities are now ranked in the world’s top 500 by QS and one by Times Higher Education. The Emirates also host branch campuses of famous schools such as New York University, Curtin University, the London Business School, and the Sorbonne.
There is therefore an increasing need for a classification of universities and research centres. The proposed rating is a product of the National Higher Education Strategy 2030,which is based on the four pillars of quality, relevance, innovation and efficiency.The quality pillar requires “applying high-quality accreditation standards and providing incentives for institutions and distinguished teaching staff to enhance competitiveness and increase global rankings. “
This will be a star rating system and there will be a pilot version early next year and it will be extended to all licensed colleges and universities later in the year. The criteria will be teaching, reputation, internationalisation and quality and quantity of research. Data will be submitted by the institutions, surveys of students and employers and site visits.