Zayed University in Dubai Dubai - Arabstoday The President of Zayed University in Dubai says the institution is aiming to improve its global ranking. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research has set goals to target the QS World Rankings. One of the criteria the rankings are based on is research output. Dr Larry Wilson, the senior administrator said: “Our research has gone up about 30 percent over three or four years. Many papers are appearing in top-level journals, the kind of thing that leads to international rankings such as citations.” There are other areas where Zayed University, now in its 15th year, receives high marks. "We already score highly in areas such as diversity of faculty,” Dr Wilson added. Sheikh Nahyan is keen to push on with plans for an improve ranking, now that the insttution has two permanent campuses. Only about 10 percent of the student body is enrolled in master’s programmes. “That percentage needs to grow,” he said, setting a target to double the percentage of graduate students over the next five years. He believes a good ranking will attract good students and help parents to measure a university’s quality against international standards.