The commission that oversees higher-education quality in Jordan recently signed agreements with two British organizations that publish rankings of universities worldwide, to enhance cooperation in verifying data when Jordanian universities participate in international rankings.
The Jordanian government entity involved in the agreements is the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission for Higher Education Institutions, which formulates standards for accrediting public and private universities. The British organizations are Times Higher Education World University Rankings, published by Times Higher Education magazine, and QS World University Rankings, published by the company Quacquarelli Symonds.
Times Higher Education (THE) and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) each issue annual rankings of universities, based on their evaluations of determinants such as international activities, research, interaction with the industry sector, employment reputation of alumni, and the percentages of international students and international faculty members.
While the QS ranking prioritizes academic and employment reputation, giving only 20 percent to research, the Times Higher Education ranking puts more emphasis on research output and influence, for a combined weight of 60 percent.