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QS University Rankings: Arab Region 2015

New QS University Rankings reveals academic excellence in the Arab Region

London, 10th June
The second edition of the QS University Rankings: Arab Region 2015 is the first full university ranking for the Arab world. QS, publishers of the QS World University Rankings, was one of three ranking organisations to publish a provisional ranking for the region in the past year.

Today’s exercise is the both the first confirmed Arab ranking and the most comprehensive, featuring 100 universities from 15 of the 21 countries that are eligible for inclusion.

Saudi Arabia has the largest number of universities in the ranking, at 19, while Egypt has 15 and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 13. Egypt, Jordan and the UAE each have two universities in the top ten, while Saudi Arabia has three and Lebanon one.

Top 10 universities in the Arab Region

2015

2014

Institution Name

Country

  1 

  1 

KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM & MINERALS (KFUPM)

SA

  2 

  2 

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF BEIRUT (AUB)

LB

  3 

  3 

KING SAUD UNIVERSITY (KSU)

SA

  4 

  5 

KING ABDUL AZIZ UNIVERSITY (KAU)

SA

  5 

  4 

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO

EG

  6 

  6 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES UNIVERSITY

AE

  7 

  7 

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH

AE

  8 

  8 

UNIVERSITY OF JORDAN

JO

  9 

  9 

CAIRO UNIVERSITY

EG

  10 

  10 

JORDAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

JO

©QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2015 To view the full rankings Top 100 visit: www.TopUniversities.com

As in the provisional ranking, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, emerges as the region’s top institution, finishing in the top 20 on six of the nine indicators.

 

The American University of Beirut (AUB) is less than a point behind and is the favourite choice of employers.

 

There have been no changes of methodology since last year’s provisional ranking, which was the product of lengthy consultation in the region.

 

Indicators of the QS University Ranking: Arab Region 2015

Weightings

Academic Reputation

30%

Employer Reputation

20%

Faculty Student

20%

International Faculty

2.5%

International Students

2.5%

Staff with PhD

5%

Web Impact

10%

Papers per Faculty

5%

Citations per Paper

5%

 

 

3720 academics and 2489 employers have contributed views for the new ranking, which also takes into account staffing levels, the proportion of academics with a PhD, the number

of research papers per faculty member and the number of citations per paper, as well as the proportions of international faculty and students, and web impact.

 

Almost 260 institutions were evaluated during the exercise and 194 had enough data to be ranked, as well as being sufficiently broad-based to be included. Of these, 100 appear in the published ranking, with those below 50th place grouped together in bands of ten because the scores become too close to separate each university reliably.

 

Universities in the 21 countries in membership of the Arab League were eligible for inclusion.
No data could be collected on universities in Syria, and the universities of Mosul and Tikrit, in Iraq, were reported to be closed at the time that the ranking was compiled.

 

 Country

Top 50

Top

Total universities by country

 51-100

Saudi Arabia

9

10

19

Egypt

8

7

15

United Arab Emirates

9

4

13

Lebanon

7

4

11

Iraq

3

7

10

Jordan

6

3

9

Tunisia

2

3

5

Oman

1

3

4

Bahrain

2

1

3

Morocco

-

3

3

Palestine

3

-

3

Sudan

1

1

2

Kuwait

1

-

1

Qatar

1

-

1

Yemen

-

1

1

 

Other universities to rise sharply in the top 20 are Qatar University (11th) which is now on the verge of the top ten, Sultan Qaboos University (16th), in Oman, and King Khalid University (17th), in Saudi Arabia. All three have moved up five places.

 

L’Université de Sousse, one of Tunisia’s five representatives in the new publication, is the only institution to enter the top 50 since the provisional ranking appeared.

The ranking reflects the diversity among universities in the Arab region. Nine of the top 20 are classified as ‘extremely large’, some with as many as 200,000 students. Most are fully comprehensive, public institutions, and relatively few have a strong research focus.

Nine of the universities in the ranking are classified as ‘new’, at less than ten years old, while another 27 are described as ‘young’. The American University of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, is the highest-placed of these, in seventh position and established only in 1997.

Nunzio Quacquarelli, CEO of QS says: “We are very proud of the level of engagement we have established with universities in the Arab region and we trust that this first edition of the rankings will and spark a higher degree of involvement and cooperativeness among universities regionally and internationally”.

Quacquarelli concludes” We look forward to receiving feedbacks from universities, students and employers and to continue to compile rankings that will provide valuable insights to our key stakeholders”.

The full ranking, featuring the Top 100 universities in the Arab Region, is viewable at www.TopUniversities.com .


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