QS Ranks LAU Among Top Universities Worldwide in Three Subjects

The university ranked second nationally in both Petroleum Engineering and Business & Management Studies, and third in Computer Science & Information Systems.

By Dana K. Haffar

Three academic disciplines at LAU rank high in various indicators.

LAU has been named as one of the world’s top universities for the study of three subjects, performing best in Petroleum Engineering, according to the latest and 12th edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.

The university’s Petroleum Engineering program and Business & Management Studies ranked no. 2 in Lebanon for the second year running, while Computer Science & Information Systems achieved third place in its very first ranking by QS.

“It is heartening to see the hard work of faculty and students in advancing scholarship and research rewarded,” said LAU President Michel E. Mawad. “These benchmarks against universities worldwide speak volumes of the quality of education at LAU.”

For two consecutive years, 2021 and 2022, LAU was ranked no. 1 among private universities in Lebanon by the QS World University Rankings by Subject for Petroleum Engineering, placing in the 101-150 bracket.

“We are thrilled to see our Petroleum Engineering Program ranked among the top programs in the 2022 QS ranking for the second year in a row,” said Dean of Engineering Lina Karam. “This speaks highly to the commitment of our faculty to providing our students with a world-class high-quality education and to the outstanding caliber of our graduates.”  

Holding firm in the 351-400 bracket, the university’s Business & Management Studies earned the highest scores in the H-Index indicator and Citations per Paper.

In addition to QS, the quality of research at the AACSB-accredited Adnan Kassar School of Business (AKSOB), the high caliber of its faculty and its solid programs previously earned it the no. 1 position in Lebanon and among the top 5 in the Arab world two years in a row by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject 2021 and 2022.

“AKSOB received AACSB five-year reaccreditation in 2021 and remained in the group of 5 percent AACSB-accredited Business Schools worldwide,” said Dean Wassim Shahin. “While AKSOB has been excelling and continuously improving in major world rankings by subject, it stands out as a beacon of excellence for the fourth consecutive year in the QS ranking. Faculty continued working heavily on research despite all challenges, and this year, LAU’s results indicated a significant increase in two research metrics: H-Index and Citations per Paper.”

Computer Science & Information Systems, which was not ranked in 2021, placed in the 551-600 bracket in 2022.  

“The excellent performance of the three academic disciplines in various indicators is a clear testimony of the quality of our scholarship and caliber of our faculty,” said Provost George E. Nasr. “Despite deteriorating conditions in the country, LAU strives to retain its high standards of education on a par with international institutions.”