Eighty universities in Arab countries are ranked in the 2023 edition of the QS World University Rankings, five more than last year.
The new classification, published this week by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a British higher-education analytics company, compares 1,418 institutions around the globe, the largest number ever.
The universities are located in 100 countries and territories, including 15 Arab countries.
Ben Sowter, a senior vice president with QS Quacquarelli Symonds, said that this year’s rankings shed light on more institutions in the Arab region than ever before, allowing students, faculty, and policymakers to benchmark success, both regionally and globally.
Of the region’s 10 highest-ranked universities, six improved their position since last year and four declined.
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz University (KAU) was the top-ranked university in the region, in 106th place.
In its methodology for the rankings, QS assesses universities across six categories, including academic and employer reputation scores, faculty-student ratio, research citations, and the numbers of international faculty members and international students enrolled.
This year’s edition considered the performance of 16.4 million academic papers published between 2016 and 2020 and the 117.8 million citations those papers received. The reputational scores are based on surveys of over 151,000 faculty members and 99,000 employers.
This year, QS added two new unweighted performance lenses: an Employment Outcomes Index to assess the employability of students, and an International Research Network Index to analyse international research collaboration and knowledge transfer.
12 Arab Universities in the Top 500
A total of 12 universities in Arab countries ranked in the top 500 institutions.
Two Arab universities joined Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz University in the top 200. They were King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (160), also in Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates’ Khalifa University of Science and Technology (181).
Four more universities ranked in the top 300: Qatar University (208), King Saud University (237), the American University of Beirut (252), and the United Arab Emirates University (296).
Five more universities followed in the top 500 list. They were the American University of Sharjah (369), Oman’s Sultan Qaboos University (384), the American University in Cairo (416), and two institutions in Saudi Arabia: Umm Al-Qura University (449) and Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (477).