DUBAI – “ASWAQ”
Four universities in the UAE have been named among the top 31 institutions of higher learning in the Arab region, according to the Times Higher Education’s(THE) Arab World University Rankings 2018.
Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU) was ranked 2nd after King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates University moved up one spot to 5th position. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz University retained its top spot in the region for the third year in a row.The American University of Sharjah climbed two places to 12th while the University of Sharjah made its debut on the list by coming in 14th place.
Dr Tod Laursen, interim president of KU, said: “It was a great pleasure for me, and several other members of the KU team, to attend the THE Mena Summit in Jeddah where the latest THE Arab World Rankings were announced.”
He continued: “I am so pleased with KU’s high rankings in the most recent release and proud of the efforts of our faculty, staff and students that made this possible. Attending this summit, with academics from around the world, makes clear that our university continues to advance an international reputation through our collective efforts.”
In February, KU ranked 32 out of 359 universities appraised in the THE’s Asia University 2018 Rankings. The university is an amalgamation of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the Petroleum Institute and Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (Kustar), which merged last year to become the country’s youngest public university.
|King Abdulaziz University||Saudi Arabia||1||1|
|Jordan University of Science & Technology||Jordan||8||4|
|United Arab Emirates University||UAE||6||5|
|American University of Beirut||Lebanon||7||6|
|Alfaisal University||Saudi Arabia||9||7|
|King Saud University||Saudi Arabia||3||8|
|King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals||Saudi Arabia||2||9|
Source: Times Higher Education
President of King Abdulaziz University, Abdulrahman Al-Youbi, said: “Being the top university in the Arab World is not the end of our story as we aspire to be among the top 200 universities in the world to fulfil a part of the Saudi Vision 2030.”
Al-Youbi added: “This goal requires KAU to shoulder an ever increasing responsibility to secure our long-term success. This road is not easy as we continue with our strategic plan to advance the existing knowledge and skills of our students and faculty, promote national prosperity, and expand our research initiatives to reach global significance. However, we are fully committed to all of these endeavours and certainly view our latest ranking as a significant step in that direction.”
According to THE, Egypt is the most-represented nation in the table, claiming 9 of the 31 places, up from 8 last year. However, it has just one Top-10 representative: Beni-Suef University at 10th place, while Saudi Arabia occupies 5 spots, the UAE claims 4, and Morocco and Jordan each have 3 places. The UAE is one of the strongest nations in the table.
The recently published league table, which includes only universities from the Arab League nations, is based on the same methodology as THE’s flagship World University Rankings.
According to THE, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar were recognised for driving their scholarship forward through internationalization. In all three nations, more than 60 per cent of research between 2014 and 2017 featured at least one co-author from outside the country. The international collaboration rates for Switzerland and Singapore — two of the most open research nations in the world — were both lower than those of Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
The league table results were revealed at THE’s Mena Universities Summit, held in Jeddah partnership with King Abdulaziz University.
THE’s editorial director of global rankings, Phil Baty, said: “The ranking uses the same 13 rigorous and demanding performance indicators as the overall World University Rankings, so it is a great achievement. The results demonstrate that leading universities are found across the Arab region. While Egypt dominates the table, universities from 11 countries make the list, proving what a diverse and competitive higher education region the Arab world is becoming.”
Baty added: “However, the ranking also shows that there is a lack of data on higher education institutions in the region. Of the 1,102 universities that make our World University Rankings, just 31 are based in the Arab world. We hope that more universities in the region will participate in future years.”