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New Dubai ratings system for universities in the emirate places City among the best

The Higher Education Classification, introduced by Dubai’s academic regulatory body this week, places international branch campuses on a one to 5-star+ scale.

by Nahda Abdalla (Senior Communications Officer (Dubai))

Results from a new rating system for Dubai’s international branch campuses show that City, University of London's Dubai Centre has been rated excellent for the quality of its teaching, research and internationalisation efforts.

The Higher Education Classification system, introduced by Dubai’s academic regulatory body - the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) – evaluates universities on eight performance indicators including teaching, internationalisation, wellbeing, social responsibility and inclusiveness.

Based on the number of points achieved in the evaluation, the institution is awarded an overall star rating, from 1 to 5+. City’s Dubai Centre achieved a 4-star rating.

Commenting on the results, Dr Kevin Dunseath, Director of City’s Dubai Centre, said:

"We are proud that City has received excellent ratings in the teaching, research, and internationalisation categories. By increasing campus employer presence and strengthening further our career service support for our students, we can confidently aspire to achieving an overall 5-star rating in the year to come.

"For students, the Higher Education Classification rating system may constitute one more factor in the many that contribute to a student’s decision-making process. For universities, it may help them identify their particular strengths as well as areas that may require further development."

The ratings have been developed in partnership with QS and adapted to meet the needs of private universities based in Dubai.

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