ABU DHABI, 9 June – A total of 11 universities from the Arab world joined the list of the best 500 universities in the world for 2023, according to the global university ranking by QS Quacquarelli Symonds’ global educational institution rankings.
The top three places in the Arab world were taken by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz University, followed by King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and UAE’s Khalifa University of Science and technology.
King Abdul Aziz University was ranked 106th globally, its highest ever rank as the university improved its ranking for the eighth consecutive year.
Khlaifa University was ranked 181 globally by QS, and had the highest faculty-per-student ratio in the Arab world and ranked as UAE’s best institution for research according to citations per faculty.
Qatar University moved up 16 positions to 208th, climbing 349 positions globally in terms of academic reputation.
Meanwhile, Lebanon is now home to six of the Arab world’s 20 highest-ranked universities by QS alongside UAE’s six. Lebanon’s top university, the American University of Beirut was ranked 252nd in the world.
Egypt is the only Arabic-speaking country on the African continent to place in the world top 500, with the American University in Cairo ranking 416th.
Arab world universities in the top 500 in 2023
106 — King Abdulaziz University
160 — King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
181 — Khalifa University of Science and Technology
208 — Qatar University
237 — King Saud University
252 — American University of Beirut
296 — United Arab Emirates University
369 — American University of Sharjah
= Sultan Qaboos University
384 — Umm Al-Qura University
477 — Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University
Source: The National News/Agencies