By Gautam Sen
I note with considerable pride that AUS has ranked 79th on a list of top 100 institutions in a comprehensive survey of BRICS and Emerging Economies countries conducted by the highly-regarded Times Higher Education (THE) (Thompson-Reuters). I hasten to add that AUS is the youngest institution in this list!
As I examined the criteria used in the THE ranking, I discovered that research played a dominant role (about 60 percent) in the ranking process, as the below quotation from the website shows:
‘We employ 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments. The methodology for the BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2014 is identical to that used in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, offering a year-on-year comparison based on true performance rather than methodological change.
Our 13 performance indicators are grouped into five areas:
- Teaching: the learning environment (worth 30 per cent of the overall ranking score)
- Research: volume, income and reputation (worth 30 per cent)
- Citations: research influence (worth 30 per cent)
income: innovation (worth 2.5 per cent)
- International outlook: staff, students and research (worth 7.5 per cent).’
I take this opportunity to congratulate our faculty, staff, and students who have been actively engaged in research and raising the profile of AUS on the global scene.
Dr. Gautam Sen is Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies at American University of Sharjah.