American University of Sharjah (AUS) has been ranked among the top ten universities in the Arab world by the 2017/2018 QS World University Rankings. Compiled by British education specialist Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the ranking puts AUS in joint 411th place globally and placed joint 8th highest among Arab universities in the survey.
AUS has consistently been ranked among the top ten universities in the Arab world by QS World University Rankings. In the latest ranking, the university ties with ten other institutions including Arabian Gulf University in Qatar. Meanwhile, UAE University appears at 349 in the world ranking and in first place among the UAE universities listed.
Plans were announced last year to make AUS the top research university in the Arab world within the next five years. The Government of Sharjah reportedly plans to invest US$500 million dollars (AED 1.8 billion) in the university over the next five years to fund the university’s research goals and has allocated US$ 74 million (AED 270m) this year for scientific research.
AUS Enterprises, the American University of Sharjah’s investment arm, recently announced the establishment of AUS Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) Park, an economic free zone
dedicated to research and development. Located next to the university, RTI Park will will help AUS lead efforts to develop scientific research, foster innovation and encourage knowledge-led ventures. The zone is expected to develop laboratories and other facilities for the research and development of water technology, renewable energy, environmental technology, digitization,
production design and architecture, plus transport and logistics.