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International Ranking & Reputation

In line with the University’s strategic plan, and as articulated by objective 1: “[To] Enhance the status of AU as an excellent institution of higher learning by being ranked among the top five private universities in the GCC during the next five years,” Ahlia University has managed to achieve a number of institutional milestones which have manifested in its international standing in league tables and powerful brand.

QS World University Rankings® (Arab World)

In 2018, Ahlia University ranked among the top 50 universities in the Arab World, among more than 1,000 universities. In fact, AU ranked 1st among the fastest rising universities in the Arab World. In 2020, Ahlia University continued to hold a top 50 position (rank #43), thus maintaining an advanced standing among the best universities locally and within the wider region.



QS Stars Rating


In 2019, Ahlia University received its stars rating, in accordance with the QS Stars Rating System, making it the first university in Bahrain to achieve such an international recognition.

The University achieved 5 stars (the highest rating) in the areas of Teaching, Facilities, and Social Responsibility.

Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings

Ahlia University featured in the inaugural THE Impact Ranking (2019) which is the first global ranking designed to asses HEIs against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Ahlia University’s overall ranking was in the 301+ band of universities worldwide, with a 201-300th impact ranking for Quality Education.