Qatar University jumped 56 places in the annual World University Rankings published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). In the 2020 rankings, QU places 276, becoming one of the most improved universities in the world.
The President of Qatar University, Dr. Hassan Al-Derham, stated, “This is a staggering jump and one we are all immensely proud of as it reflects the success of our direction and our strategy. We are committed to transforming higher education in Qatar by proactively playing a leading role in shaping and enabling the transformation of the nation’s higher education system. We are honored by the recognition that comes along with placements such as this one, which opens up opportunities for our students, faculty and community.”
The institution was established as the College of Education in 1973, and later expanded to Qatar University in 1977. QU was founded with new colleges; Education, Humanities & Social Sciences, Sharia, Law & Islamic Studies, and Science. With the country’s rapid development, there has been an increased need for growth in Qatari higher education. As the university expanded, new schools including Business, Medicine, and Engineering were added. In 2017, the university introduced a five-year strategy complying with the aspirations of Qatar National Vision 2030.
Today, Qatar University is one of the region’s leading higher education institutions, with over 20,000 students and an extraordinary group of over 2,000 prestigious faculty. QU’s mission is to promote Qatar’s national heritage and values, and to educate and prepare students to become future leaders of Qatar.