For the second year in a row, the university held a low position in the QS global rankings. Professors see a lack of research funds as part of the problem.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt are world leaders in several criteria in the latest global rankings from QS Quacquarelli Symonds.
A debate during the Middle East Thought Leadership Forum, in London, heard opinions on both sides of the issue. Those in favour were in the majority.
Women’s participation in the Saudi workforce has reached 36 percent, surpassing the 30-percent goal set for 2030, the ambassador told a London forum.
The rankings, produced by a Spanish research group, included more Arab institutions this year, and leaders were pleased with their progress.
The first Arab ranking of Arab universities is expected later this year. It will measure excellence in ways that other rankings miss, such as research published in Arabic.
Kuwait University’s place in the QS World University Rankings has been slipping in recent years. Academics differ on whether this means education quality is deteriorating.
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.