The Middle East is home to some of the most powerful economies in the world. Though marred by regional conflicts, the Arab world has grown significantly in the field of education. It has opened doors to contemporary education standards and has been attracting a lot of international students every year. While it is true that higher education choices are usually dominated by those in the western world, you can find equally good, if not better, opportunities in the Middle East.
To give you an insight into the changing times of the Middle East, I have shortlisted the top 5 universities in the region. These universities have fared wonderfully on the international plane and deserve recognition. Here are those universities about which I just mentioned.
- King Abdulaziz University.
Al Ehtifalat St, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is a conservative nation but claims to uphold high standards in terms of education. Its King Abdulaziz University is one of the most acclaimed universities in the region. Founded in 1967 along the Red Sea, it operates as a public university where there is no tuition fee or charges for housing. The curriculum includes a world of courses such as technology, medicine, and arts. It is one of the most popular universities among business students in the Middle East. Even unconventional areas of study such as meteorology are provided here. You should note, however, that the university is governed by Islamic principles as a result of which facilities for men and women may differ. The university has a scintillating list of alumni which includes Nahed Taher and Adel Fakeih.
- United Arab Emirates University.
Sheik Khalifa Bin Zayed St – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
The UAE is a powerful economy, and everyone knows about this. But, it is not just about its skyscrapers or oil dominance that are the only mainstays of the country. Its namesake University is a jewel in its higher education system. The university is the oldest in the country and attracts students from more than 60 countries. One of the main highlights of this university is its emphasis on the provision of job security to its students. This is evident from its rigorous and well-thought-out internship that attempts to cater to this aspect. It is a research-oriented university and offers advanced courses in the field of Public Health, Business and Medicine.
- Khalifa University.
PO.Box 127788, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Another shining member of the UAE higher education system, Khalifa University is a recent entrant in the system, having been founded in 2007 only. The university maintains many state-of-art facilities and implements a comprehensive study program divided into 8 undergraduate programs and 7 graduate degree programs, all in the field of engineering. In order to help its students learn from the best of scientific minds in the world, it has entered into various collaborations with many respectable science-oriented institutions in the world such as the Georgia Institute of Technology. As of today, the university has students from more than 40 countries and is managed by an internationally vibrant staff.
- Alfaisal University.
P.O.Box 50927, Riyadh 11533, Saudi Arabia
Another notable educational institution in Saudi Arabia, Alfaisal University is a private university that has garnered a lot of attention despite being young in inception. With a view to attracting an international crowd, the university maintains a staff and student population marked by international members. Presently, it offers programs in the fields of medicine, business, engineering, science, pharmacy, and general studies each of these is offered through 5 different colleges. The departments in each of these programs are diverse and stimulating. For example, its departments include a dedicated program for nanoscience and nanotechnology.
- Jordan University of Science and Technology.
Ar Ramtha 3030، Ar-Ramtha, Jordan
Situated in northern Jordan, the Jordan University of Science and Technology is the pride and joy of the country’s higher education system and has cemented its position in the international media. Notable for its contributions in the field of science and technology, it ensures that quality is delivered through its intellectually appealing programmes. It is becoming increasingly attractive in the international student community and attracts international applicants from more than 50 countries every year. In addition, it has entered into collaborations with international bodies to improve its exposure to the outside world such as the World Health Organisation and International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.
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