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Best Universities In The Arab World For 2018

King Saud University in the City of Riyadh has been ranked number 1 in the CEOWORLD magazine’s best universities in the Arab world for 2018. United Arab Emirates University came in second in the Arab region followed by the American University of Beirut (AUB) at the third position.

Other Universities that made the top-10 include King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (No. 4), King Abdulaziz University (No. 5), University of Jordan (No. 6), Qatar University (No. 7), American University of Sharjah (No. 8), Jordan University of Science and Technology (No. 9), and Khalifa University.

Universities in Saudi Arabia dominate the upper echelons of a university ranking that looks at the best institutions in the Arab World (also known as the Arab nations or the Arab states). There are 53 universities that make the cut.

CEOWORLD magazine has published its 2018 best universities in the Arab World ranking, and Saudi institutions – namely King Saud University, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and King Abdulaziz University – claim three of the top five places.

They are joined in the top five by United Arab Emirates University in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and American University of Beirut (AUB).

The most-represented nation in the table goes to Saudi Arabia, with ten universities altogether. Egypt is next, with nine institutions. Egypt was followed by United Arab Emirates (7), Jordan (5), Iraq (4), Lebanon (4), Morocco (4), Bahrain (3), Kuwait (2), and Tunisia (2). Only one university made the rankings from Algeria, Oman, and Qatar.

These are the best universities in the Arab world for 2018:

RankUniversityCountryScore
1King Saud UniversitySaudi Arabia95.7
2United Arab Emirates UniversityUnited Arab Emirates (UAE)95.4
3American University of Beirut (AUB)Lebanon95.1
4King Fahd University of Petroleum and MineralsSaudi Arabia94.7
5King Abdulaziz UniversitySaudi Arabia94.6
6University of JordanJordan94.3
7Qatar UniversityQatar94.1
8American University of SharjahUnited Arab Emirates (UAE)93.8
9Jordan University of Science and TechnologyJordan93.4
10Khalifa UniversityUnited Arab Emirates (UAE)93.1
11King Khalid UniversitySaudi Arabia92.9
12University of SharjahUnited Arab Emirates (UAE)92.8
13Mansoura UniversityEgypt92.6
14Alfaisal UniversitySaudi Arabia92.5
15Hashemite UniversityJordan92.4
16Beni-Suef UniversityEgypt92.1
17Kuwait UniversityKuwait91.7
18American University in CairoEgypt91.6
19American University in DubaiUnited Arab Emirates (UAE)90.8
20University of Marrakech Cadi AyyadMorocco90.7
21South Valley UniversityEgypt90.4
22University of Tunis El ManarTunisia90.3
23Alexandria UniversityEgypt89.7
24University of TlemcenAlgeria89.3
25Mohammed V University of RabatMorocco89.2
26Suez Canal UniversityEgypt89.1
27Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal university (IAU)Saudi Arabia88.7
28Ain Shams UniversityEgypt88.6
29Cairo UniversityEgypt88.5
30Sultan Qaboos UniversityOman88.2
31University of BaghdadIraq87.8
32Lebanese American UniversityLebanon87.7
33Umm Al-Qura University (UQU)Saudi Arabia87.3
34Zayed UniversityUnited Arab Emirates (UAE)86.7
35University of BabylonIraq86.3
36Lebanese UniversityLebanon85.9
37King Faisal UniversitySaudi Arabia85.7
38Arabian Gulf UniversityBahrain85.3
39Yarmouk University (YU)Jordan85.1
40University of BalamandLebanon84.9
41University of BahrainBahrain84.7
42Prince Sultan UniversitySaudi Arabia84.6
43Abu Dhabi UniversityUnited Arab Emirates (UAE)84.5
44Al- Nahrain UniversityIraq84.3
45Ahlia UniversityBahrain84.1
46Assiut UniversityEgypt83.7
47University of KufaIraq83.6
48Al Akhawayn UniversityMorocco83.2
49Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT)Jordan82.9
50Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic UniversitySaudi Arabia82.7
51Gulf University for Science & TechnologyKuwait82.6
52Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah UniversityMorocco82.1
53University of MonastirTunisia81.7

General Methodology on the CEOWORLD magazine’s Best Universities In The Arab World For 2018 ranking. The rankings are based on seven major metrics of quality and reputation. Overall Score (100%) is the sum of:

1. Perceived Global Brands Influence (20%)
2. Recruiters Responses (20%)
3. Employers Feedback (10%)
4. Job Placement Rate (10%)
5. Admission Eligibility (10%)
6. Specialization (10%)
7. Academic Reputation (20%)

To establish our list, we collected information and statistics from publicly available sources, research, and survey. The ranking measures the quality of education, job placements of graduates, recruiters response, employers feedback, without relying on institutions data submissions.

Graduates, industry professionals, employers, and recruiters were asked to rate universities on a scale of 1 “marginal” to 100 “outstanding” or “don’t know.”

However, this is by no means a comprehensive list, while institutions above are the CEOWORLD magazine’s “Best Universities In The Arab World For 2018,” there may be many other institutions that offer excellent programs.

* This ranking should not be viewed as the most important aspect when choosing an university, and are merely one element to consider.
* The top-ranked university receives 100 points.
* The rankings are the result of a rigorous analytical exercise, incorporating multiple data sources, without relying on university data submissions.
* Detailed survey data and information collected directly from 85,000 individuals, across 7 data points.
* CEOWORLD magazine conducted its survey from early-October 2017 to mid-February 2018.
* Magazine invited 85,000 Individual from 21 countries to participate in this year’s study.
* Surveys completed by 40,000 graduates; 4,800 recruiters; and 40,200 employers (with 100 or more employees) around the Arab world.
* We analyzed over 72 institutions during the data collection process.
* The overall score is numerical scores given to the universities based on students, industry professionals, and recruiter feedback — measuring the quality of the business school. Total scores are out of 100.
* The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 85,000 respondents is plus or minus 1.2 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that as in all survey research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, nonresponse and measurement error——that could affect the results.

Megan Batchelor

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Executive features editor at CEOWORLD Magazine
Executive features editor at The CEOWORLD magazine and lover of reality TV.I eat cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Megan Batchelor

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