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The 28 best universities in the Arab world, 2017

King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Saudi Arabia

Unsurprisingly, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz University (KAU) has been ranked number one among the 28 best universities in the Arab world for 2017, according to a study made by the Times Higher Education Rankings, and the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) came in 2nd place.

Saudi Arabia’s King Saud University and Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research in UAE are placed third and fourth respectively, followed by Qatar University in fifth and United Arab Emirates University in sixth.

Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Morocco came in last place at 28th.

Overall 11 countries feature in the 2017 university ranking for the Arab region. A large number of universities on the list are in Egypt, but schools in Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Jordan, Tunisia, and the UAE are also prominent.

The most-represented country in the table goes to Egypt, with 8 universities altogether.

Saudi Arabia is next, with 4 universities — Jordan, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates each have 3 universities, followed by Tunisia with 2.

However, three of the top five universities on the list were in Saudi Arabia: King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM in Thuwal), and King Saud University in Riyadh.

At the other end of the spectrum, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Algeria, and Qatar all have one university included among the top 28.

The 28 best universities in the Arab world, 2017

  1. King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Saudi Arabia
  2. King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia
  3. King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
  4. Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, United Arab Emirates
  5. Qatar University, Qatar
  6. United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates
  7. American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  8. Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
  9. Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia
  10. Kuwait University, Kuwait
  11. Suez Canal University, Egypt
  12. Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
  13. American University in Cairo, Egypt
  14. American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  15. Sohag University, Egypt
  16. Alexandria University, Egypt
  17. University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad, Morocco
  18. Cairo University, Egypt
  19. University of Jordan, Jordan
  20. South Valley University, Egypt
  21. Mohammed V University of Rabat, Morocco
  22. Mansoura University, Egypt
  23. Hashemite University, Jordan
  24. University of Tlemcen, Algeria
  25. Ain Shams University, Egypt
  26. University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia
  27. University of Monastir, Tunisia
  28. Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Morocco

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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