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SQU up 92 places in 2025 QS rankings

5 Jun 2024 SQU up 92 places in 2025 QS rankings By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) has advanced an impressive 92 places to rank 362nd globally in the QS World University Rankings 2025, marking a significant improvement for the institution following sustained efforts spanning over a year.

The university saw improvements across various indicators within the QS classification, including academic reputation, employment reputation, employment outcomes and sustainability. These advancements can be attributed to SQU’s strategic investments in nurturing close and enduring collaborations with academics and researchers worldwide, as well as active contributions of its faculty to colleges and research centres, a statement issued by SQU said.

‘Partnership with the labour sector played a crucial role in this achievement, with direct coordination and communication with entities, such as the National Employment Programme and Royal Oman Police, positively impacting indicators related to job reputation and employment outcomes.’

The introduction of the Sustainability Index in the QS World University Rankings in 2025 helped underscore SQU’s commitment to sustainable development goals in Oman, particularly in social and environmental domains, as evidenced by its ranking of 286th globally in the QS Sustainability Ranking.

H H Dr Fahad al Julanda al Said, Vice-Chancellor of SQU, expressed pride and satisfaction with the progress, emphasising its alignment with Oman Vision 2040. He highlighted the university’s achievement of its first strategic goal within the vision to be among the top 500 global universities.

On her part, H H Dr Mona bint Fahd al Said, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for International Cooperation at SQU, extended gratitude for the university’s elevated position. She emphasised the university’s commitment to sustainability and continuous improvement in applying best practices to enhance its global standing.

The QS Foundation analysed data from 5,663 international universities in 106 countries, with only 1,503 universities included in the 2025 global rankings. Of these, 23 were new additions this year.

Sohar University debuts in QS rankings

Sohar University has found a place in the QS rankings for the first time, ranked in the 1001-1200 category. The position gives it the recognition of being the second highest-ranking university in Oman. 

It ranked 38th globally for its contributions to the international scientific research network, and   35th for its research papers among universities in Arab countries.

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