23 October 2019
Since its establishment in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah, His Highness has been supporting and directing the University both directly and indirectly to anchor its international standing academically, scientifically, and methodically. Therefore, the University of Sharjah was able to advance steadily towards establishing its prominent position amongst international universities.
According to the latest data published by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the University of Sharjah has attained two major accomplishments at the level of universities operating in the UAE by obtaining the first place rank in the classification of universities following the criteria of the United Nations Sustainability Program, and the second place in engineering and technology, which advanced its position in this field at the level of universities all over the world to the 400th rank and the 11th rank in the Arab region.
The University's Chancellor Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy declared this adding that the University is now one of the largest universities locally and regionally, offering 107 academic programs in a variety of scientific, engineering, medical, social, and humanities disciplines. The number of students, he continued, in various fields exceeds 15 thousand students, including more than 2000 students in the PhD and Master's programs, and the number of its graduates reached nearly 29 thousand.
Dr. Tarek Merabtene, Director of the Office of International Relations at the University, explained the set of standards in which the University recently achieved remarkable progress, which had the most impact on its sustainable progress towards the top rankings locally, regionally and internationally. Those standards include an increase in the number of published research papers in the Scopus Database, an increase in the number of citations of these papers indicating the quality of the research work the University publishes, an increase in the percentage of graduate studies graduates from the PhD programs, as well as the University ranking first in the world in the "scientific outlook" criterion, which indicates the strength and influence of the University in terms of attracting students and faculty members from various nationalities.
For his part, Dr. Imad Alsyouf, Director of the Sustainability Office, stressed that this new achievement in the field of sustainability in accordance with the United Nations Sustainability Standards is a consolidation of the achievements of the University of Sharjah at the beginning of this year. For the second consecutive year since its participation, the University has consolidated its progress in the UI Green Metric rankings, which rank universities worldwide in the areas of sustainable development and their commitment to clean environment standards. The University attained the 399th rank internationally as well as the 15th rank regionally.
The University, he added, is also keen on partaking with higher education institutions around the world in the efforts to achieve carbon neutrality through its commitment to implement a plan to reduce carbon emissions and switch to neutral carbon by 2050, as well as mobilizing more resources for research on climate change, increasing the delivery of environmental education and sustainability across curricula, campus programs and community outreach programs.
To achieve these goals and with the support of the University administration, the Office of Sustainability has developed plans to make the University of Sharjah a successful and distinctive model of sustainability in its three dimensions: environmental, economic and social. It also works to develop a culture of sustainability at the University of Sharjah and to make sustainability an integral part of campus life while engaging all interested members of the University of Sharjah family. Therefore, the Office established 29 sustainability circles each of which is headed by an expert in this field with the participation of a group of volunteers, students and members of the administrative, technical and academic staff. The Office also established a number of sustainability clubs for the University students in cooperation with the Deanship of Students' Affairs. The Year 2020 Sustainability Initiative was also launched to introduce sustainability and engage the University students in various sustainability activities.