ASU ranks first in participation among private universities

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AMMAN — The Applied Science Private University (ASU) has ranked first in participation among private universities in the region according to global rankings, said Iman Bashiti, president of the university. اضافة اعلان

She said that the university has made significant progress among private universities according to both the Times Higher Education (THE) world university rankings and QS top university rankings, two international university rankings organizations.

The university remains one of the leading private universities in the field of higher education, and has achieved an advanced rank in several rankings among Arab universities. 

Bashiti said that this is the first time that the Times Higher Education (THE) has launched its ranking of universities in the Middle East, and the university has led the rankings among private universities, ranking first in participation.

This is the first version of this ranking by THE, and it is worth noting that the Applied Science Private University ranked first on private universities (in participation) also in the Times Global Ranking to achieve the goals of sustainable development.

“These achievements did not come by chance. The university developed its five-year strategic plan in 2017. It was among the objectives of the strategic plan to develop the educational process at the university in several aspects, including obtaining international and local accreditations and achieving global levels,” Bashiti said.

The university’s “crowning” achievement was to achieve international ranking, she stressed. “Of course, this was also made possible due to the efforts of those in charge of the university and its future vision, and their material, financial, and moral support for the university's progress towards strengthening its position among universities,” Bashiti said, noting the valued contributions of academics and administrators in achieving these goals.

“There is no doubt that in achieving this advanced ranking, it will contribute in a positive way to attracting new students. Global rankings are certainly gaining more attention from decision makers and other universities than ever before,” Bashiti said. She said that this was an opportunity for universities to improve their outcomes and conduct benchmarking with other universities.

She said that international rankings have a direct impact on which universities students chose to go to, as both students and parents take an interest in university rankings, which make selection based on identifiable indicators measured by international institutions.

She also added that there are other factors that play a role in students’ selection process, such as the university's geographical location and reputation at the local and international levels. “It is expected that the interest of parents and students in university rankings will increase so that they become one of the important tools in helping them choose the university they wish to study at,” Bashiti said.

She said that the university works to maintain and enhance these achievements by adopting a policy of continuous improvement in all aspects related to the university’s academic career, including allocating a larger part of its budget to support scientific research, attract distinguished academics, and improve educational and research facilities. 

“University rankings should not be the goal, but rather a means of measuring and evaluating the performance of universities in relation to academic and research work and their outcomes, in addition to serving the local community,” Bashiti concluded.

Bayan Othman, a graduate student studying to be a pharmacist, said: “This achievement is deserved by the university because it was signing many agreements with several universities and was focusing on conducting research, in addition to the fact that the university was preparing students in the early stages to engage with the labor market and open training programs for them.”