It seems are surrounded by a lot of clever students among us as a number of the UAE’s universities have been featured among the top in the world.

In the Times Higher Education’s (THE) 2016 to 2017 global league table, UAE University, Khalifa University and the American University of Sharjah were placed among the top 1,000 in the world.

Apparently there are approximately 7,500 universities in the world which would mean the UAE’s top universities help rank the region in at the top 13 per cent.

UAE University was listed in the 501-600 section along with Khalifa University, while American University of Sharjah featured in the 601-800 category.

What are the region’s most renowned universities?

UAE University

The UAE University is the oldest university in the Emirates, founded in 1976 by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

THE mention how UAE University has its own Water Institute, designed to discover ways to tackle the UAE’s water scarcity problem.

Khalifa University

The recently founded Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi is known for its Aerospace Research and Innovation Centre which opened in 2012.

Khalifa University is also the organiser of the Mohamed bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge, of which the 2017 competition saw 316 teams from 45 countries compete for a prize pool of Dhs18.37 million.

American University of Sharjah

As for the predominantly international American University of Sharjah, the university bases itself around “American models of higher education, while at the same time being grounded in Arab culture”.

The university offers up 26 majors and 46 minors at undergraduate level, as well as 13 master’s degrees in everything from engineering and business, to dentistry, arts and humanities.

What are the top 10 universities in the region?

While the updated 2016 to 2017 report for the top universities in the Arab world hasn’t yet been released (including Khalifa University), here’s THE’s report from January 2016.

1. King Abdulaziz University – Saudi Arabia

2. American University of Beirut – Lebanon

3. King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals – Saudi Arabia

4. King Saud University – Saudi Arabia

5. United Arab Emirates University – UAE

6. Qatar University – Qatar

7. Sultan Qaboos University – Oman

8. American University of Sharjah – United Arab Emirates

9. Jordan University of Science and Technology – Jordan

10. Suez Canal University – Egypt

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The rankings were dominated by the usual culprits when it came to the top five universities worldwide in the 2016 to 2017 report.

The top five universities in the world:

1. University of Oxford – UK

2. California Institue of Technology – USA

3. Stanford University – USA

4. University of Cambridge – UK

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – USA

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