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Best Universities in the Arab World

Explore the best universities in the Arab world. The region’s contemporary higher education has grown dramatically and has experienced many advancements.

In fact, significant differences exist between higher education sectors in each Arabic country, yet some general trends are evident, including the attempts to increase access to high-quality education and gender equality in many specialisations.

What’s the best-ranked Arab university?

King Abdulaziz University comes atop the 2020 QS and THE Rankings. It was established in 1967 as a private university in the Hijazi Red Sea city of Jeddah. In 1974, it was converted into a public one. Interestingly, students there receive free education and housing.

The university has a comprehensive learning program across faculties, including the arts and humanities, science and technology, and medicine. It also offers some unique courses such as marine science, meteorology and astronomy.

What are the top 10 Arab universities?

According to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2020, these are the top 10 Arab universities:

University QS World Ranking 2020 Country
King Abdulaziz University 143 KSA
American University of Beirut 170-220 Lebanon
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals 186 KSA
Qatar University 245 Qatar
United Arab Emirates University 284 UAE
King Saud University 287 KSA
American University of Sharjah 348 UAE
Sultan Qaboos University 375 Oman
American University in Cairo 411 Egypt
University of Jordan 601-650 Jordan

Source: QS Arab Ranking 2020

Top 10 Arab universities in THE 2020 Rankings

As for the Times Higher Education Ranking (THE), the top 10 Arab universities are slightly different. The table below shows the best 10 universities in the Arab region according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020:

University THE World Ranking 2020 Country
King Abdulaziz University 201–250 KSA
Alfaisal University 251-300 KSA
United Arab Emirates University 301–350 UAE
Khalifa University 351–400 UAE
Jordan University of Science and Technology 351–400 Jordan
American University of Beirut 351–400 Lebanon
Qatar University 401–500 Qatar
Aswan University 401–500 Egypt
Mansoura University 401–500 Egypt
King Saud University 501–600 KSA

Source: THE World University Rankings 2020

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