THE (Times Higher Education) World University Rankings 2018 list the top 1,000 universities in the world, making it the biggest international league table to date. Ad Hoc excerpts of this report are reproduced here below for their further spread in the MENA region. Top 10 universities in the Arab World region were looked at separately as THE has compiled a table of the best universities based on data from the 2018 World University Rankings.

Meanwhile, it is the only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. We use 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

The calculation of the rankings for 2018 has been subject to independent audit by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), making these the only global university rankings to be subjected to full, independent scrutiny of this nature.

The league table has been compiled by filtering the overall World University Rankings results to include only universities located in nations that are members of the Arab LeagueTHE has then ranked the best universities based on their overall ranking score. The full methodology of the World University Rankings 2018 can be viewed here.

The top university in the 2018 table is King Abdulaziz University located in Saudi Arabia. All the universities in the top five are in the Middle East, while universities situated in North Africa – including universities from Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria – feature further down the list.

The most represented country in the ranking is Egypt, with nine universities altogether. Saudi Arabia is next, with five institutions; the United Arab Emirates have four; Jordan and Morocco have three; Tunisia has two; and Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Oman and Algeria each have one university on the list.

Many of the universities featured in the ranking are specialist science and technology universities.

Overall, institutions from 11 of the 22 Arab League nations made the list, which was compiled using 13 performance indicators.

Phil Baty, THE’s editorial director of global rankings, said: “The results demonstrate that leading universities are found across the Arab region. “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.”

In ay case here are below the TOP 10 UNIVERSITIES IN THE ARAB WORLD 2018:
1. King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia,

2. Khalifa University, UAE and in

3. Qatar University, Qatar.

4. Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan

5. United Arab Emirates University, UAE

6. American University of Beirut, Lebanon

7. Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia

8. King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

9. King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia

10. Beni-Suef University, Egypt

Qatar University ranking 3rd was at the centre of an article of THE published last February about the country’s system that has grown faster than any other world economy, explains Cesar Wazen.

Qatar’s universities on the march despite Gulf turmoil


Two years ago Times Higher Education announced that Qatar University had topped its list of the world’s most international universities.

The amazement among the audience that an institution from outside the higher education powerhouses of the US or UK had claimed top spot was palpable. Qatar University continues to excel on the international outlook indicator and took pole position for the third year running in 2018

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