King Abdulaziz University topped the scene of Saudi and Arab excellence, ranking 143 globally and first in the Arab world and Saudi Arabia, and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals ranked second in Saudi Arabia and third in the Arab world, ranking 180 globally.
Saudi universities confirmed their supremacy once again in the global (QS) ranking, and King Abdulaziz University maintained its leading position among Arab universities, despite recording a decline from rank 106 to rank 143.
14 Arab universities were among the top 500 institutions, an increase of two from last year. Joining Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz University in the top 200 are two Arab universities, Qatar University (173rd) and Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (180th), down from 160th place in 2023.
Saudi Arabia included the largest number of Arab universities among the top 500 universities in the Arab region, as it recorded significant gains in the QS reputation indicators. King Abdulaziz University ranked first in the Kingdom, and it was the leader in the field of academic reputation, by ranking 143 in this indicator, and the leadership in job reputation, as it ranked 127. It was the only Saudi university to rank among the top 200 universities in the world in These two indicators.
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals was ranked as the second best research institution in Saudi Arabia, as it produced 10,800 scientific papers between 2018 and 2022, and obtained about 175,000 citations, mainly in petroleum engineering.
Saudi Arabia also attracts an exceptional number of international faculty members, as nine of its universities rank among the top 100 universities in the world in this measure, including five universities in the list of the best 50 institutions, after only the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland. Prince Muhammad bin Fahd University came to be the highest Saudi institution in terms of the percentage of international faculty members, as it ranked 11th in the world. However, Saudi universities show less success in the proportion of international students, despite the fact that its Islamic University of Medina ranks ninth in this metric.
Five Saudi universities reached the list of the best 750 institutions, namely: Prince Muhammad bin Fahd University (590), Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University (595), Umm Al-Qura University (ranked 601-610), and Princess Noura Bint Abdul Rahman University (661-670). ), and Al-Faisal University (731-740). As for the other classified Saudi universities, they are arranged as follows: King Khalid University (761-770), Al-Jouf University (801-850), King Faisal University (851-900), Northern Border University, Qassim University in the order of 901-950, and the Islamic University In Medina (951-1000), followed by Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University, and Taibah University, both of which rank 1001-1200.
In the Arab world, the Kingdom was the most represented with 16 ranked universities, followed by Egypt and the UAE with 15 and 11 universities, respectively. Among the 84 universities, 34 universities maintained the position they gained last year, while the ranking of 26 universities rose, and the ranking of 20 others declined. Also, 14 Arab universities ranked among the top 500 institutions in the world, including universities entering the rankings for the first time, such as Hamad Bin Khalifa University, which ranked 310th.