Doha, Qatar: US News & World Report, a leading publisher of education analysis and rankings, unveiled the inaugural Best Arab Region Universities rankings on usnews.com at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) yesterday.
Three universities in Saudi Arabia claimed the top spots, with King Saud University taking the first place, followed by King Abdulaziz University at second and King Abdullah University of Science & Technology at third place.
Cairo University in Egypt is ranked fourth, followed by American University of Beirut in Lebanon in fifth place.
The 2015 rankings are the beginning of a long-term project by US News to develop surveys and rankings for the region.
In subsequent editions of the rankings, US News plans to include other ranking factors, including separate reputation surveys of Arab region’s academics and employers and statistical, school-level data collected directly from Arab region universities.
H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson, Qatar Foundation (QF) , initiated the project to create global consistency and add value to higher education in the region. QF assisting in research efforts with a grant.
The 2015 US News rankings offer the most comprehensive assessment of higher education institutions in the region, allowing prospective students and parents to accurately compare institutions. The overall rankings include 91 universities in 16 countries.
There are also separate rankings in 16 subjects, including key ones such as computer science, engineering, medicine, maths and social sciences.
For 30 years, the US News Best Colleges rankings have been helping prospective students identify the best universities for them in the US.
“We are dedicated to giving parents and students resources they need to understand their education options,” said Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer, US News & World Report.
“We bring to the Arab region and university community the same commitment and depth of study that has become so important in the US.”
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