By Arabia Higher Ed Editorial Team
Times Higher Education (THE) released a snapshot Arab World university ranking based on data from the 2017 THE World University Rankings. Only institutions in the 22 member states of the Arab League were eligible for inclusion.
The top three universities in the 2017 table are 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 eight universities altogether. Saudi Arabia is next, with four institutions; Jordan, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates 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.
The data for the new rankings are drawn from the data used to compile the THE World University Rankings 2016-2017. It used 13 performance indicators that are grouped into five areas: teaching (30%), research (30%), citations (30%), International outlook (7.5%), and industry income (2.5%).
THE appears to have taken an alternartive approach to regional rankings. After an initial attempt in 2015 that was marred by inconsistencies, the latest league tables for the Arab World have been compiled from the World University Rankings.
QS releases the QS University Rankings: Arab Region while US News releases the Best Arab Region Universities. The QS regional rankings have been designed based on methodologies that reflect challenges in the region.