Sudan University of science and technology in cooperation with Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) hosted a workshop on ‘QS Arab Region University Ranking Methodology‘, supported by the ministry of higher education and research. The main speakers where Dr. Ashwin Fernandes, Regional Director for QS Quacquarelli Symonds in Middle East, Africa & South Asia and Mr. Rami Awad the Regional Director for QS Quacquarelli Symonds in Middle East and Africa.
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is a UK company, founded in 1990, specialising in the analysis of higher education institutions around the world. The aim of the workshop was to give an introductory insight into the QS ranking process, and the importance ranking holds for Sudanese institutions.
In 2021, Sudan University of science and technology featured on QS Rankings for the very first time, and hence SUST’s strategic goal is to enhance its position in the coming couple of years and to be listed in higher positions in the international rankings.
Dr. Ashwin Fernandes, the regional director for QS Quacquarelli Symonds in Middle East, Africa and South Asia, warmly welcomed the participants thanking the administration of Sudan University of science and technology, namely Prof. Awad Saad Hassan, vice chancellor of the university, Prof. Mahdi Abbass Shakak, the deputy vice chancellor, Prof Amel Omer Bakhiet, Dean of scientific research in SUST, Dr. Ebtihal H. G. Yousif, manager of SUST Web Administration.
Dr. Fernandes, also warmly welcomed the participants from the ministry of higher education and scientific research, thanking Prof Sakina Yagi, and Prof Ahmed Hassan Fahl. He also gave a background of QS, noting that this the first workshop to be held in Sudan and describing it as a historic occasion marking the start of fruitful cooperation with Sudanese universities.
Mr. Rami Awad the Regional Director for QS Quacquarelli Symonds in Middle East and Africa, gave an insightful presentation about QS ranking methodology in the Arab Region rankings, stressing the importance of classification in pushing universities in the region to new levels and QS's willingness to help with knowledge and experience.