Abu Dhabi University (ADU) has been ranked 14th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the Highest Proportion of International Students, representing 59.6 per cent of the student body,  showing the emirate’s global attractiveness as a destination for higher education.

ADU was ranked among the top 200 universities with the highest percentage of international students and was ranked in 2nd place in both the UAE and MENA region. ADU establishes itself as a leading university in the UAE and the region, which serves as a testament to its unwavering dedication to cultivating a diverse and inclusive student community.

The ranking aligns with the university's strategy of internationalisation, which has paved the way for the inauguration of ADU's Global Mobility Hub. The hub serves as a gateway to limitless opportunities for students and for those from partner universities eager to embark on a life-changing educational experience.

The university's capacity to attract students from various backgrounds reflects its global commitment and strong dedication to maintaining the highest standards in academia and student experience. With a diverse mix of over 100 nationalities, ADU is a world-class university that provides advanced educational programmes to international students who wish to study in the UAE. These programmes include engineering and applied sciences, business, finance and economics as well as the built environment programme including architecture, health sciences, law, and arts and sciences.

Times Higher Education’s listing included six countries, representing the top 20 universities with high proportion of international students, from the UAE, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and Australia.

Aligning with ADU's commitment to sustainability, the university was recognised in Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings for its remarkable achievements. ADU made its first appearance in the rankings and secured an impressive position of 301-400 among a total of 1,591 esteemed academic institutions. Times Higher Education Impact Rankings are global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During last year, ADU has achieved remarkable steps towards several UN SDGs, reflecting the university’s commitment to sustainable development in alignment with the UAE’s Year of Sustainability and COP28. Among the recognitions, ADU ranked 2nd in the UAE and 89th globally for SDG1 -Poverty, secured 1st position in the UAE and 101-200 globally for SDG16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and shared the 1st place in UAE and 201-300 globally for SDG2 - Zero Hunger.

Additionally, ADU ranked in the 1st place jointly in the UAE for both SDG14 - Life Below Water and SDG11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities and ranked in the 3rd place for the UAE for SDG12 - Responsible Consumption and Production and SDG9 Industry Innovation & Infrastructure, as well as ranking in the 3rd place jointly in the UAE for SDG13 - Climate Action.

Building on a series of success stories, ADU was recognised by Times Higher Education’s rankings last year where it was ranked in third place nationwide and first for excellence in teaching. The university was ranked in second place in both research citations and excellence in educational and academic diversity environment at the national level.

Professor Ghassan Aouad, Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University (ADU), said: “We are honoured to once again receive recognition from Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE). This accomplishment serves as a testament to our unwavering dedication to providing exceptional academic programs and unique learning opportunities in line with international standards and best practices. ADU’s exceptional academic environment is designed to equip students with the necessary skills and resources for their journey toward success, as well as drive solutions to the environmental, social and economic challenges the world is currently witnessing. Our relentless pursuit of excellence drives us to continually enhance our programs and offerings, to attract a greater number of students and empower them to thrive and prepare for their future careers.”

ADU is one of the region’s leading academic institutions, working in line with the UAE Government’s National Agenda to deliver internationally accredited academic programmes and scientific research opportunities that foster innovation and creative thinking. To adhere to market needs, ADU equips graduates with the tools and resources they need to become influential leaders of the future.

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