Global ranking for 15 Saudi universities

Saudi universities were recognized in 11 scientific disciplines in which they competed for advanced centers. (SPA)
Saudi universities were recognized in 11 scientific disciplines in which they competed for advanced centers. (SPA)
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Updated 24 July 2022

Global ranking for 15 Saudi universities

Global ranking for 15 Saudi universities
  • Saudi universities were recognized in 11 scientific disciplines in which they competed for advanced centers

RIYADH: The number of Saudi universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, also known as the Shanghai Ranking, has risen to 15 from six in the most recent classification.

Saudi universities were recognized in 11 scientific disciplines in which they competed for advanced centers. This is among the top 50 international universities where Saudi universities have achieved advanced positions, including the 15th International Center in Energy Science and Engineering attained by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, as well as the 24th World Center in Nanoscience and Technology attained by King Abdulaziz University.




Raed M. Al-Hamdani, a general supervisor at Company of Positive Interaction for training & consulting. (Supplied)

Shanghai Ranking said that its global survey of academic disciplines in 2022 represents “the most complete and impartial ranking of international universities by subjects on the planet.”

This year’s league table covered university rankings in 54 subjects, including natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences and social sciences. The rankings now include more than 1,800 universities from 5,000 spanning 96 nations and regions.

Saudi Arabia won first place in the Arab world and 30th globally in the nature index for scientific research quality, with 26 Saudi universities on the list in 2022 compared with 16 universities in 2018.

In the QS World University Ranking, the number of Saudi universities climbed to 16, up from nine in 2019.

The number of Saudi universities climbed to 15 in the Times Higher Education ranking for 2022, up from six in 2019, while the number of emerging Saudi universities increased to 12 in the Times International Ranking of Emerging Universities 2022, up from three in 2019.




Sultan M. Alsharif, Chairman of Outstanding Performance Management Company (OPMC).  (Supplied)

With a focus on the research goal, the World University Rankings offer a complete list of the greatest universities in the world. It is the only global university league table that evaluates research-intensive institutions based on all of their primary objectives, including teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income, and reputation), citations (research influence), industry income (knowledge transfer) and international outlook (staff, students and research).

Raed Al-Hamdani, general supervisor at Positive Interaction for Training and Consulting, said that the increase in the number of Saudi universities in the Shanghai Ranking is a real indication that the state’s support for education in its various stages is taking positive steps and qualitative leaps in line with Vision 2030.

Al-Hamdani urged national institutions, including universities and academic and professional institutes, to develop their performance by training employees to keep pace with the latest global developments.

He emphasized the importance of good governance and regulation, building key performance indicators, and following up and evaluating these as vital elements necessary for the development and continuity of enterprises, no matter how small or large.

Sultan Alsharif, chairman of Outstanding Performance Management Co., said that the most prominent challenges are the lack of clarity of the strategy and the general direction of the organization.

ِAlsharif said that one of the challenges facing organizations looking to improve their performance is a leadership crisis that combines the strategic dimension and the ability to manage the execution.

Lack of an organizational culture idea is a huge obstacle for organizations seeking to develop and cement their existence, he added.

ِAlsharif said that one of the most significant difficulties confronting organizations is the lack of change management, emphasizing the importance of the human aspect in those organizations.


Saudi education commission approves 2023-2027 strategic plan

Saudi education commission approves 2023-2027 strategic plan
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Saudi education commission approves 2023-2027 strategic plan

Saudi education commission approves 2023-2027 strategic plan

RIYADH: The Board of Directors of the Education and Training Evaluation Commission (ETEC) has approved its strategic plan for the years 2023-2027.

The ETEC is the competent authority in the Kingdom to evaluate, measure and approve qualifications in education and training.

It covers the public and private sector and raises the quality of education in service of the economy and national development.

The four-year plan aims to develop the education and training sector in an effort to reach a world-leading Saudi model for the industry.

The Saudi model is designed to achieve national development and economic growth through the commission’s work with relevant national authorities.

It also aims to raise the quality of outputs to meet the needs of the labor market and Vision 2030’s Human Capacity Development Program.

The strategic plan covers students, trainees, learning outcomes, practitioners, institutions, programs, the education and training system, and the internal capabilities of the ETEC.

Its objectives are to improve student learning outcomes and performance through modern curricula standards and assessments, and to enhance the excellence and quality of education and training professionals by setting higher standards, granting licenses and pushing the pace of excellence in the field.

This is attained by conducting effective reviews, evaluation and accreditation processes, in addition to establishing a culture of continuous improvement of the education and training system, providing data-based advice to support national decision-making, and developing and strengthening the internal capabilities of the ETEC.

The plan also includes a number of initiatives, projects, performance indicators and targets that fall under the evaluation programs: the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the National Assessment Program for University Achievement.

The commission’s board of directors also approved updated academic accreditation standards in order to raise performance.


Saudi trainee pilot dies after aircraft crashes in Riyadh’s Al Thumamah Airport 

Saudi trainee pilot dies after aircraft crashes in Riyadh’s Al Thumamah Airport 
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Saudi trainee pilot dies after aircraft crashes in Riyadh’s Al Thumamah Airport 

Saudi trainee pilot dies after aircraft crashes in Riyadh’s Al Thumamah Airport 
  • A team was sent to the site of the crash to investigate the cause and circumstances, the bureau said

A Saudi trainee pilot died when the plane he was flying crashed shortly after taking off from Riyadh’s Al Thumamah Airport, Saudi Arabia’s Aviation Investigation Bureau said on Tuesday. 

"The initial information indicates that the aircraft (Tecnam) took off from Al-Thumama Airport at about 6:30 a.m., with its pilot, a Saudi ‘trainee pilot,’ aboard a training flight," the bureau said in a statement. 

“Five minutes after takeoff, a mayday (distress call) was sent out from the pilot shortly before the connection was lost.”

The pilot was the only person onboard.

A search team was sent by the academy to the site of the crash to investigate the cause and circumstances, the bureau said, adding that the wreckage was located 5 kilometers north of Al-Thumama Airport.

The airport is located about 29 kilometers from the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.


KSrelief mobile clinics provide treatment for displaced Yemenis in Walan camp

KSrelief mobile clinics provide treatment for displaced Yemenis in Walan camp
Updated 16 August 2022

KSrelief mobile clinics provide treatment for displaced Yemenis in Walan camp

KSrelief mobile clinics provide treatment for displaced Yemenis in Walan camp

RIYADH: The mobile medical clinics of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) continued providing treatment services for the displaced in the camp of Walan in Haradh district in Yemen's Hajjah province, state-run Saudi Press Agency repoted. 
During the period from July 27 to Aug. 2, the clinics received 222 people with various health conditions, and provided them with the necessary medical services.
The clinics also provided 185 individuals with medications.
Moreover, KSrelief continued distributing food baskets in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan.
Some 1,856 food baskets were distributed to the needy people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, benefiting 12,992 people.
This comes within the project to support food security, being implemented by the KSrelief in Pakistan, to alleviate the suffering of the needy and affected people.


Saudi man arrested  for shooting gun indiscriminately after video goes viral

Saudi man arrested  for shooting gun indiscriminately after video goes viral
Updated 16 August 2022

Saudi man arrested  for shooting gun indiscriminately after video goes viral

Saudi man arrested  for shooting gun indiscriminately after video goes viral
  • The culprit has been charged with ‘endangering the lives of others’ state news agency SPA reported

DUBAI: A Saudi national was arrested in Najran city on Tuesday after he fired random shots from a personal weapon.
The culprit has been charged with ‘endangering the lives of others’ state news agency SPA reported. 
Another man, also a Saudi national, was arrested for documenting and publishing a video of the incident on social media. 
The incident comes a day after SPA reported a similar incident, which occurred in a governorate near Riyadh, where a man fired a machine gun ‘indiscriminately’ in a public place – he was arrested and now faces prosecution.


Philippines’ foreign affairs minister meets with Saudi Arabia’s ambassador 

Philippines’ foreign affairs minister meets with Saudi Arabia’s ambassador 
Updated 16 August 2022

Philippines’ foreign affairs minister meets with Saudi Arabia’s ambassador 

Philippines’ foreign affairs minister meets with Saudi Arabia’s ambassador 
  • The two officials discussed issues of mutual concern

The Philippine Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Enrique Manalo, met with Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to his country Hisham bin Sultan Al-Qahtani, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The two officials discussed issues of mutual concern and ways to enhance bilateral relations between the Kingdom and the Philippines, according to SPA. 

After Monday’s meeting, Manalo said on his official Twitter page: “I had a good meeting with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Hisham Sultan Al-Qahtani, where we exchanged views on points of collaboration beneficial to both our peoples.”