08 Jan 2018 – 2:16

The Peninsula

DOHA: Qatar University, in collaboration with Times Higher Education (THE), will host a high-level master class on “THE World University Rankings” on January 16, 2018 at Qatar University campus.
The class will be held in the presence of international, regional and local university leaders. The one-day master class will provide an exclusive and detailed exploration of the region’s universities’ strengths and opportunities using previously unpublished data from THE.
The master class will be presented by THE Editorial Director, Global Rankings, Phil Baty, who will cover how the World University Rankings are constructed and which data are collected, along with the details of THE methodologies. The class will also provide an exclusive access to previously unseen data on different regions and will advise on how to interpret universities data to evaluate current performances. Furthermore, THE future plans for teaching excellence will be discussed.
Dr Hassan Al Derham (pictured), President of Qatar University, said: “Qatar University is committed to its goal to reach academic and research excellence through hosting such high-level master class with THE. As the rankings of higher education institutions have become more popular and valuable, we understand how these rankings affect the quality and level of services universities across the globe provide to their students and the wider community.”
“This high-level master class will be a great opportunity for leaders of participating universities to highlight issues related to the results of the current rankings and to set new standards for rapid growth in the region in terms of education, research, and economics, in addition to enhancing the success and achievements of students.” Dr Al Derham added.
Phil Baty said: “Times Higher Education is committed to transparency and accountability in rankings, and our business is geared to helping universities use our data and insights to improve their performance, so we are delighted to be bringing our data ‘master class’ to Qatar. At this exclusive, invitation-only session, we will be taking a much deeper look at the performance data we have on universities in the Arab world, and will be consulting with university leaders on how rankings and our performance indicators can evolve to best meet the developmental needs of institutions in the region.”
“We are thrilled to be working once more with Qatar University, which hosted our inaugural MENA universities summit back in 2015, and which we know will provide excellent thought leadership at this meeting.” He added.