09 October 2017
The latest supplement from Nature Index, a database of leading research journals, shows the remarkable progress made by Saudi research institutions over the last few years. The bulk of high quality research is provided by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (75%) with smaller contributions from just five institutions: King Abdulaziz University, King Saud University, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.
The upsurge in research since 2008 has propelled the kingdom into first place among Arab countries, with the United Arab Emirates coming a distant second. The main area of expertise among Saudi universities and research centres is chemistry, followed by the physical sciences and the life sciences. The most important drivers of research in Saudi Arabia are the universities with relatively minor contributions from the government, corporate and healthcare sectors.
The tables provided in the supplement show that Saudi Arabia has a dominant position among Arab universities although it is still behind countries like Israel, Turkey and Iran within the Wider Middle East. Out of 25 top institutions in the Middle East according to publications in the Nature Index, three are located in Saudi Arabia and one in Qatar.
The top ten research institutions in Saudi Arabia ranked by Weighted Fractional Count are:
- King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
- King Abdulaziz University
- King Saud University
- King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre
- King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
- King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
- Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
- King Faisal University
- Majmaah University
- Saudi Aramco.