Delegates at a recent conference in Riyadh said science, mathematics, and digital and language skills were the capacities most in demand in the 21st century.
The rankings, produced by a Spanish research group, included more Arab institutions this year, and leaders were pleased with their progress.
Arab universities are increasingly investing in programmes that promote entrepreneurship and link students to the local, regional and international economies.
Six Arab universities had social science and management programmes in the top 100 in the latest QS rankings by subject.
Twenty-five Arab universities’ programmes in the arts and humanities are represented in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings by subject.
Fifteen Arab universities in six countries are represented in the latest rankings of natural sciences programmes compiled by QS Quacquarelli Symonds.
Seventy-one Arab universities’ programmes in the life sciences and medicine are ranked in the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Arab universities’ programmes in engineering and technology fared well in the latest global comparisons by QS Quacquarelli Symonds.
A book published by King Abdulaziz University urges universities to learn from the effects of the pandemic and seize the opportunity to make bold reforms.