Higher Education Classification


Higher Education Classification

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council announced a new milestone in the journey of higher education in Dubai – the first cycle of the Higher Education Classification initiative. Made possible with the support of international branch campuses in Dubai, this initiative symbolises a new maturity in Dubai’s higher education sector.

The last eleven years have seen student enrollment more than double - from 12,000 students in 2008, to over 30,000 students today. As the sector continues to grow, so too does the need for a transparent and robust rating methodology that will enable institutions to show their strengths, and that will provide our community of students and parents with the information they need to make the right decisions for them.

The reports below provides a summary of how Dubai universities performed against a range of indicators based on the QS Stars rating system.

All universities in Dubai’s Free Zones are permitted by KHDA. However, universities accredited by the Ministry of Education were not included in the Higher Education Classification.

University NameReportOverall Rating
The University of Manchester Worldwide5 Stars
London Business School 5 Stars
Heriot-Watt University 5 Stars
S P Jain School of Global Management 4 Stars
Amity University Dubai 4 Stars
Manipal University 4 Stars
Hult International Business School 4 Stars
City, University of London 4 Stars
Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani (Bits Pilani) Dubai Campus 4 Stars
University of Bradford 4 Stars
Middlesex University Dubai 4 Stars
SAE Institute 3 Stars
University of Exeter 3 Stars
Murdoch University, Dubai 3 Stars
ESMOD French Fashion Institute 2 Stars
Islamic Azad University 2 Stars
Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology 1 Star

The following international branch campuses were not included in Higher Education Classification:

University NameWhy not classified
MODUL University DubaiProbation (no enrollments)
Moscow University for Industry and Finance (Synergy)Probation (Teach-out)
University of South WalesNew institutions not classified yet
University of Birmingham
Curtin University
Babson College

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