LAU Ranks First in Engineering Nationally

A U.S. News and World Report also places the university in the top percentile and the 67th position globally for highly cited papers.

By Raissa Batakji

In recent years, the LAU School of Engineering (SOE) has made it a strategic priority to develop research clusters, harnessing the expertise at the school and encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration within the faculty and student body.

It is no surprise, therefore, that LAU Engineering landed the No.1 position nationwide and 585th globally, according to the 2024-25 Best Global Universities Rankings, published by the U.S. News and World Report.

The school has also been ranked in the top percentile of highly cited papers, achieving the 67th position globally. Another metric that further attests to the university’s performance is the normalized citation impact, where it placed in the 85th position worldwide.

Expressing pride in the school’s performance, SOE Dean Michel Khoury said that “quality has long been integral to the ethos of the school, which has consistently ranked among the highest in the country.”

This achievement, he added, reflects “our ongoing commitment to producing impactful research that addresses real-world challenges and contributes significantly to the advancement of engineering knowledge globally.”

For one example, the SOE has introduced vertically integrated undergraduate research to further bolster research efforts while providing talented students with opportunities to engage in meaningful projects under the mentorship of the faculty. This approach not only strengthened academic programs but also expanded the school’s impact in the field.

This 10th annual report encompasses 2,250 institutions from 104 countries. Its methodology is a multistep filter that first collects the top 250 universities that appeared in Clarivate’s Global Reputation Survey. U.S. News then adds institutions that have published at least 1,250 papers between 2018 and 2022.

That LAU has made this ranking, said Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Samer Saab, “is an indication of the significant influence of our research.”