Established in 1997, the American University of Sharjah (AUS) was designed to blend the profound heritage of Islamic culture with the modern aspirations and requirements of the UAE and the Gulf region. Today, AUS stands not only as a prominent institution in the UAE and the region but has also earned global acclaim, positioning itself competitively on the international academic stage.

Dr. Tod Laursen, Chancellor of AUS, states, “Our global ranking reflects our exceptional faculty, skilled staff, and talented students who relentlessly pursue excellence. This achievement underscores our dedication to academic quality and innovation, reinforcing our vision to be a leading global institution. Our pursuit of academic excellence continues, as we steadfastly aim to cultivate knowledge, drive discovery, and positively influence society.”

Tala Terro, a Biology alumna from the College of Arts and Sciences at AUS, adds, “AUS not only offered me excellent education but also provided a secure and supportive environment that encouraged personal and academic growth through its myriad opportunities for students.”

Globally, AUS ranks among the top 125 universities under 50 years old in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings (2024) and is among the top 150 in Asia according to the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings (2024). It also ranks within the top 22% of institutions worldwide in the QS World Rankings 2025, placing in the top 350. In the Arab world, AUS has consistently ranked among the top 10 universities for the past nine years in the QS Arab Region University Rankings (2024).

As one of the top three universities in the UAE according to the QS World University Rankings (2025), AUS has cemented its status as a center for higher education and career preparation. It ranks second in the UAE for employer reputation and employment outcomes (2025), highlighting the career readiness of its alumni who are influential in global companies, government organizations, and leading nonprofits, with many pursuing further studies at renowned universities worldwide.

Academically, AUS is among the top five universities in the UAE for academic reputation (QS World University Rankings 2025). Its faculty are recognized researchers who actively engage students in their work, enriching the academic experience and preparing students for significant contributions in their fields.

AUS’s holistic educational approach, including its American liberal arts model, diverse campus life with over 90 nationalities, numerous clubs and sports teams, extensive research agenda, and advanced facilities, has also led to its inclusion in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, emphasizing its commitment to sustainable development goals (SDGs). AUS offers 32 majors and 46 minors at the undergraduate level, 18 master's degree programs, and five PhD programs.

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