Over the last few years, the number of regional rankings has increased as it has become apparent that the better-known global rankings are not always appropriate for institutions in many parts of the world, especially in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Consequently, some ranking agencies have started to produce regional rankings
QS Quacquarelli Symonds have just released the new edition of their Arab Region rankings. The methodology is based on the world rankings but with some modifications. Four new indicators have been added, International Research Network, Web Impact, Papers per Faculty, and Staff with PhD, while Citations are now scaled against papers rather than faculty.
Egypt has the largest number of universities, but Iraq and Jordan also do well and there are there are six universities from Saudi Arabia and six from the United Arab Emirates in the top 25.
The current regional leader is King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia, followed by Qatar University, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, and the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
The top universities for each indicator are:
- International Students; Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia
- International Research Network; King Abdulaziz University
- International Faculty; Al Ain University, UAE
- Faculty Student Ratio; Al Furat Al Awsat Technical University, Iraq
- Web Impact; King Saud University
- Citations per Paper; King Abdulaziz University
- Papers per Faculty; Khalifa University, UAE
- Academic Reputation; King Abdulaziz University
- Employer Reputation; King Abdulaziz University
- Faculty Staff with PhD; Kuwait University.