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Saudi universities rank top in the Arab world

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has the Arab world’s top universities, with three institutions in the top five, according to a survey conducted by a leading UK newspaper.

The Times Higher Education ranking of 15 institutions sees King Abdulaziz University in first place, with King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and King Saud University in third and fourth respectively.
Egypt also has three universities in the top 15, with Suez Canal, Alexandria and Cairo universities taking 10th, 11th and 12th places respectively. Overall eight countries are represented in the top 15, including Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Jordan and Morocco.
The snapshot ranking has been released ahead of next week’s Times Higher Education’s Middle East North Africa Summit, which takes place from Feb. 2 to 4, and will see experts speak on topics such as international collaboration and the role of governance at universities in the region.
The ranking is drawn from data used to compile the World University Rankings 2015/16. It was calculated using the same 13 performance indicators as in the overall rankings methodology, but only institutions in the 22 member states of the Arab League were eligible for inclusion.
Phil Baty, Times Higher Education World University Rankings editor, said: “This top 15 ranking gives us a fascinating insight into the strongest university players in the Arab world, but it is just a snapshot to stimulate wider discussions about the most appropriate metrics for ranking the region’s universities.
“We are consulting with the sector about the creation of formal, bespoke rankings for the region, using metrics tailored to regional priorities and university missions. This will be one of the main topics of discussion at the MENA Universities Summit in the United Arab Emirates next week,” he said.
The indicators used in the World University Rankings are: Industry income from innovation, research income from industry and academic staff, teaching and the learning environment, reputation survey in teaching, and staff-to-student ratio.
In addition, other indicators include PhDs and undergraduate degrees awarded, PhDs awarded for academic staff, institutional income from academic staff, citations and research influence, citation impact in terms of normalized average citations per paper, and research in terms of volume, income and reputation.
The top 15 universities are: King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia), American University of Beirut (Lebanon), King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (Saudi Arabia), King Saud University (Saudi Arabia), United Arab Emirates University (UAE), Qatar University (Qatar), Sultan Qaboos University (Oman), American University of Sharjah (UAE), Jordan University of Science and Technology (Jordan), Suez Canal University (Egypt), Alexandria University (Egypt), Cairo University (Egypt), University of Jordan (Jordan), University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad (Morocco), Mohammed V University of Rabat (Morocco).

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