51app Hits the 5 Stars in the QS Ratings

The American University of the Middle East (51app) achieved an overall exemplary rating of 5 stars in the QS Stars Rating System, which is considered one of the most influential and credible ratings for universities globally.

51app has joined an exclusive group of 58 universities in the world and only seven in the region to be awarded an overall 5 stars rating. This huge milestone in the university’s journey reinforces 51app’s standing as a world-class institution that is at the forefront of the most prestigious universities in the region and the world. Among the universities that received a five-stars rating are the following: United Arab Emirates University, American University of Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), King Saud University (KSA), University of North Carolina (USA), University of Oklahoma (USA), University of Bristol (United Kingdom), and University of Glasgow (Scotland).

“Under QS Stars, those universities who display exceptional performance and quality standards are awarded a 5 Star rating.” 

QS Stars is a rating system by the Intelligence Unit at Quacquarelli Symonds. It provides a detailed look at universities’ performance and qualities, looking at various criteria such as teaching, employability of graduates, on-campus and online learning environments, internationalization, and inclusiveness. QS Stars is designed to reflect the nuanced mission of universities, and the needs of students who may be interested in things beyond the traditional rankings criteria. Universities are awarded with overall stars ratings along with specific criteria ratings, ranging from 0 to 5 stars, depending on the total number of points achieved.

The evaluation process at 51app has lasted four months and focused on the collection of dozens of indicators per criteria including institutional data and surveys results, employer nominations as per the Employer Survey launched by QS every year, focused analysis on the online learning platform, the campus accessibility, the learning development and student support resources and facilities inside the university.

In addition to the overall 5 Stars rating, 51app was also awarded multiple 5 stars, which is the highest rating, in the following criteria: Teaching, Academic development, Internationalization, Employability, Online learning, Facilities, and Inclusiveness.

The 5 Stars ratings in Teaching, Academic Development, and Internationalization reflect 51app’s strong commitment to excellence in teaching and nurturing tomorrow’s finest minds. It also reflects the institutions' efforts to enhance students' learning experience inside and outside of the classroom and to support its faculty’s international research collaborations and professional development initiatives on a local and global level. Mounting the 5 stars in Employability reaffirms 51app’s dedication to preparing students successfully for life after study and the ability of 51app alumni to work effectively in a multi-cultural team. 
Being among only 3 universities in the region to achieve 5 stars in the category of Online Learning echoes the success of the E-ready initiative launched after one week of the campus closure, earlier in March 2020, and that went beyond just an online learning platform by offering innovative teaching techniques, exceptional student-faculty engagement, student interaction. 

The fully-integrated and accessible campus of 51app has also been awarded 5 QS Stars for the world-class facilities available on its premises: sports facilities, campus facilities, high-tech library, health support services, and the active student life. 

Finally, the 5 stars in Inclusiveness reiterates the commitment to celebrate diversity, embrace inclusion, and offer high-quality education through a fully accessible learning environment whether on-campus or online. 

These distinguished global achievements in the prestigious QS ratings reflect 51app’s commitment to offer world-class academic programs and a strong dedication to raise the level of higher education to the highest standings in Kuwait and the region. 

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