KFUPM ranks 216th in world university rankings

Updated 22 September 2013

KFUPM ranks 216th in world university rankings

King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dammam has been awarded the 216th position in the QS World University Rankings for 2013-14.
Other Saudi universities, which were also listed within the rankings, include King Saud University and King Abdulaziz University, categorized in the 253rd and 360th rankings respectively.
American and British universities occupied the top 10 ranks, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recognized as the leading university and Harvard University falling second place.
British-based Cambridge University came third, while University College London (UCL), Imperial College London and Oxford University followed. The next 10 positions were conferred to Stanford, Yale, the University of Chicago, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Princeton, the last two sharing 10th place.
Arab institutions of higher education were largely absent from the first-tier classifications.
The list, which ranked 800 universities around the world, puts institutions that fall after the 400th position into groups. Imam Muhammad Islamic University of Riyadh is in the 491-500 category, Umm Al-Qura of Makkah in the 551-600 group and King Khaled University of the Asir province in the 601–650 category.
Other universities in the GCC, which were classified in the list include Emirates University in the 421-430 group, Sharja’s American University in the 431-430 group, Sultan Qaboos University in the 501-550 and Abu Dhabi University in the 601-650, Qatar University in 551- 600 and Kuwait and Bahrain universities in the 701+ group.
India’s prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi is three positions behind KFUPM of Dammam. The Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings for 2013-14 rated King Abdulaziz University as the top university in the Gulf in a study published last month.
In addition, King Saud University was ranked 186th among the top 200 universities in 2011, according to the Webometrics Rankings of World Universities. It was also classified as the top university in the Arab world and the 19th in Asia.

Most of the Kingdom’s 25 universities specialize in science and technology. The government has recently spent billions of riyals for the advancement of education and research in the country.

Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

Updated 26 April 2018

Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

  • Total relief provided by the Kingdom since the war began now stands at about $1billion
  • Latest package announced by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at conference in Brussels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The announcement of the latest aid package was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on April 25 at an international conference on the future of Syria and the region, held in the Belgian capital Brussels. He pointed out that the meeting comes after the suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, which killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

“The world is facing a regime allied with terrorist militias who believe that spreading atrocities and committing crimes will bring victory to it, and that war crimes are bearing fruit,” said Al-Jubeir. “In addition to bombing civilians with explosive barrels, the policies of starvation and siege, ethnic and sectarian cleansing, and the demographic change of Syrian cities and towns, its use of chemical weapons have shocked the entire world.”

He said that the only acceptable solution to the Syrian crisis is a peaceful political resolution, and that Saudi Arabia has been working to achieve this since the crisis began, while also working with others to end the continuing human tragedy in the war-torn country.

The Kingdom has played a role in unifying the ranks of the Syrian opposition and encouraging them to speak with one voice, he added. After the Riyadh 1 Conference in 2015, Saudi Arabia hosted the Riyadh 2 conference for the Syrian opposition in November 2017, which succeeded in unifying the factions and establishing a negotiating body to take part in the rounds of talks held since then, earning praise from the United Nations.

The foreign minister also reiterated his country’s support for the efforts of the UN secretary-general’s envoy, Stephan de Mistura, to resume negotiations between all sides of the conflict.

“The Kingdom hopes that the agreements endorsed by the international resolutions on the ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to its beneficiaries will be implemented throughout Syria, regardless of their ethnic, religious, sectarian or political affiliations, and calls for the speedy release of detainees and abductees and clarifying the situation of those absent,” said Al-Jubeir. “It also renews its demand to punish individuals and institutions for war crimes and to prevent their impunity.”

He added that the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting refugees inside and outside of Syria should add to the urgency of finding a political solution and resuming the negotiating process as soon as possible.

Since the war began, the Kingdom has taken in about two and a half million Syrians and treats them like its own citizens, Al-Jubeir said, providing them with free health care, work and education. Saudi universities and schools have more than 140,000 Syrian students. He added that Saudi Arabia is also supporting and helping to care for of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, in coordination with the governments of those countries. The humanitarian assistance provided so far totals about $1 billion.