Over all, the rankings analyse 15,200 individual academic programmes in 51 subjects at more than 1,500 universities around the world. The subject rankings include 324 programmes in the Arab region.
Following is a synopsis of how Arab universities fared in the broad faculty area of arts and humanities, and in seven individual subject areas within that category.
Arts and Humanities
Five hundred universities worldwide are ranked for their programmes in arts and humanities this year. Only six Arab universities are among them. They include two universities each in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and one each in Lebanon and Jordan.
The American University of Beirut was the highest-ranked Arab institution, coming in at 194th.
The American University in Cairo ranked 260th, while Cairo University and King Abdulaziz University tied for 271st place. King Saud University and the University of Jordan were in a block of universities ranked 401-450.
Architecture and Built Environment
The Arab region was best represented in this subject. A total of 230 architecture and built environment programmes were ranked this year, and eight of them were at Arab universities. The American University of Sharjah was the highest placed, ranking 101-150.
Five programmes ranked in the 151-200 range. They included three in Egypt: Alexandria University, the American University in Cairo, and Cairo University. Also in this group were King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, in Saudi Arabia, and the American University of Beirut.
Two Arab universities ranked 201-230: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz University and the United Arab Emirates University.
Art and Design