We document the development of Abu Dhabi's first standardized higher education ranking and benchmarking system, covering 17 institutions by broad academic field. Data were collected from the institutions themselves, from an employer survey, and from bibliometric analysis of research publications. Resulting indicators were combined in four different rankings to suit the needs of policy-makers, employers, students, and faculty. All data sources proved feasible and informative but there are several logical extensions that could be undertaken in the future.
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