In recent years, a number of Arab universities have attempted to upgrade their research capabilities, attract international students, and rise in the major global rankings.
Many Arab universities are now seeking international accreditation to accomplish these goals. There is however some confusion about the validity of various accrediting agencies. Al Fanar Media has compiled an updated list of over 700 institutions in the Arab Region plus Turkey.
The largest number of accreditations appear to be for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with 195, including King Saud University with 24, King Abdulaziz University with 22 and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals with 20. Other countries with significant representation are Lebanon with 79, Turkey with 89, Egypt with 39 and Jordan with 20.
In contrast there are no accredited universities in Libya, Yemen or Palestine, two in Iraq and one in Sudan.
Accrediting agencies include Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and Accreditation Agency in Health and Social Sciences (AHPGS).