Rankings released! QS World University Rankings: Arab Region 2024 

Rankings released! QS World University Rankings: Arab Region 2024

The QS World University Rankings: Arab Region 2024 are now live!  

In the 10th edition, QS World University Rankings: Arab Region 2024 evaluates institutions based on global recognition, research prowess, teaching resources and internationalisation –presenting 223 institutions spanning 18 Arabic countries (the largest to date). 

The results recognises Egypt to be the most represented higher education system, with 36 featured universities, followed by Saudi Arabia (34) and Iraq (24). 

King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals was crowned the top spot for the region’s best university – climbing from third place last year. 

QS Senior Vice President Ben Sowter said: “The Arab Region continues to grow its standing in academia. Its blossoming international partnerships and increasingly high-impact, influential research nourish an ever-growing international reputation.” 

Top ten in QS World University Rankings: Arab Region 2024 

This year’s top 10 performers in the QS World University Rankings: Arab Region 2024 are: 

1) King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals 

2) King Saud University 

3) Qatar University 

4) American University of Beirut (AUB) 

5) King Abdulaziz University (KAU) 

6) United Arab Emirates University 

7) Khalifa University of Science and Technology 

8) American University of Sharjah 

9) University of Jordan 

10) Sultan Qaboos University 

In terms of locations, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are featured the most in the top 10 list, while Qatar, Lebanon, Oman and Jordan are represented by one institution each. 

King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals came in first place this year with 100 points overall – earning a high ranking in indicators ‘Papers per faculty’ (100) and ‘Employer reputation’ (99.1). King Saud University achieved a flawless score of 100 in ‘International research network’ (the only institution to earn that score in this indicator).  

In addition, there are more universities within the top 10 with impressive results in certain areas – Khalifa University of Science and Technology scored 99.7 in the category of ‘Faculty student’ and King Abdulaziz University (KAU) scored a perfect 100 in both ‘Academic Reputation’, ‘Employer Reputation’, and ‘Citations per paper’.   

New entrants  

A total of 32 universities are featured in the QS World University Rankings: Arab Region 2024 for the first time ever – with excellent scores in various indicators. Namely,  
Hamad Bin Khalifa University (ranked 13th) with 100 in ‘Faculty Student’, ‘Citations per paper’, ‘Paper’s per faculty’, ‘Staff with PhD’, ‘International faculty’ and ‘International students’. 

Sowter said this year’s rankings is “reflecting the intensifying competition within the region for higher education excellence and offering independent and detailed lenses through which its prospective students, faculty and policymakers can make data-informed decisions and benchmark success.” 

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