Best universities in the Arab World revealed

Data from Times Higher Education's World University Rankings reveal the best universities in the Arab World 2017

May 16, 2017
Best universities in the Middle East and North Africa.

Results in full: best universities in the Arab World 2017 


In the 2017 snapshot ranking of higher education institutions in the Arab World, universities in Saudi Arabia have taken the top three positions.

King Abdulaziz University, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and King Saud University, all in Saudi Arabia, were ranked as the best universities in the region. 

The final two universities making up the top five are Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar’s largest and oldest institution, Qatar University.

The table was created by extracting the universities based in the Arab League countries from the overall World University Rankings 2017 and ranking them based on their individual overall scores. The full methodology of the World University Rankings can be viewed here.

The Arab League currently consists of 22 member states and four observer states located across the Middle East and North Africa.

Egyptian universities were the most represented, with eight universities in the final 28. The second most represented nation was Saudi Arabia, with four universities. Jordan, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates were represented by three universities each; Tunisia has two; and Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Oman and Algeria each have one university on the list. 

Distribution of universities in the Arab World

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