The Times Higher Education’s Arab World University Rankings 2018 has just announced that Khalifa University of Science and Technology was ranked second out of 31 universities, while the United Arab Emirates University was ranked fifth. In addition to this, The American University of Sharjah and the University of Sharjah both made top 15. This accomplishment reflects The United Arab Emirates’ efforts to push for higher education, an issue that UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba is passionate about.
The rankings released by Times Higher Education highlight the importance the UAE places on education. A direct result of the UAE’s efforts is partnerships with other nations that enrich the experiences of students in this country and others. An example of one of these partnerships is with New York University Abu Dhabi and New York University. In January 2018, students from NYUAD spent three weeks traveling to other countries to partake in classes offered abroad. This partnership allowed for students to learn beyond the classroom by taking in and experiencing other cultures.
The efforts put forth by the UAE to strengthen education through partnerships doesn’t stop here. More recently, the UAE partnered with the USA’s Smithsonian Institution to introduce knowledge-building programs. These programs include distance mentoring, training workshops, internships, and fellowships. More specifically, the two countries have been working together to issue academic articles, creating partnerships for exhibits, issuing academic articles, co-hosting events, and conducting research.
The UAE will continue to invest in education through partnerships for students attending its many universities. On behalf of his country, UAE Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba is excited to see how these partnerships will continue to advance international ties.