Birzeit University has asserted its leading position among universities in Palestine, as well as the Arab world: In all three of the major international rankings, Birzeit University is among the best Palestinian universities, and among the top 50 universities in the Arab universities, said a statement issued by the universityâ€™s Public Relations Office.
According to the QS ranking, an annual ranking of the top universities around the globe, Birzeit University retained its title as Palestineâ€™s best university, while rising eleven places to take the 50th spot in QS Quacquarelli Symondsâ€™s rankings of the top 200 universities in the Arab world.
The QS ranking is based on key indicators, according to WAFA correspondence: the ratio of teachers to students, the ratio of doctorate degree holders to teaching staff, the ratio of published articles by a member of the academic staff, the ratio of citations per paper, the ratio of international students and faculty who teach and study in the university, academic reputation and web impact.
Meanwhile, the Webometrics Ranking has released two rankings in the first half of 2016 where Birzeit University came first among Palestinian universities and thirty-first among approximately 1,000 higher education institutions in the Arab world.
The second ranking, which was issued in July, classified the university as the second best university in Palestine and the 38 among Arabs.
The Webometrics rankingÂ evaluated the universities openness which refers to its web impact and reputation, in addition to its significance in its scientific researches.
In Google Scholar Citation Index, which provides a simple way for university authors and researches to keep track of citations to their articles, Birzeit University receivedÂ first place among Palestinian universities, and has climbed to the 29th place among Arab universities. Globally, the universityâ€™s rank was 1606 among 4128 world universities.
University rankings can reveal useful information about a universityâ€™s reputation locally and internationally. It was also taken asÂ a great compliment to the staff and students who are the source of the rankings, and the universityâ€™s reputation to continue work on their performance.
These rankings are to spot the areas where the university should invest in more to enhance its academic performance and research excellence.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.