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Best universities in the Arab World 2022

Explore the top universities in the Arab world according to the Times Higher Education Arab University Rankings 2022

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Top 10 universities in the Arab world 2022

Arab rank 2022 Arab rank 2021 University Country/region
1 1 King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia
2 3 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Saudi Arabia
3 2 Qatar University Qatar
4 4 Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University Saudi Arabia
5 6 Khalifa University United Arab Emirates
6 5 King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals Saudi Arabia
=7 8 King Saud University Saudi Arabia
=7 7 United Arab Emirates University United Arab Emirates
9 =19 University of Sharjah United Arab Emirates
10 10 Zewail City of Science and Technology Egypt

If you’re considering studying at a university in the Arab region, the Times Higher Education Arab University Ranking 2022 will be a useful resource for you.

Overall, 169 universities across 15 countries in the Middle East and North Africa are ranked. A further 48 institutions are listed with “reporter” status, meaning that they provided data but did not meet our eligibility criteria for inclusion in the league table.

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The top university is King Abdulaziz University, in Saudi Arabia. All the universities in the top five are in the Middle East, while universities situated in North Africa – including universities in Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria – feature further down the list.

The most represented country in the ranking is Egypt, with 34 universities altogether. Saudi Arabia is next, with 32 institutions.

Many of the universities featured in the ranking are specialist science and technology universities.

The full methodology of the Arab University Ranking 2022 can be viewed here.


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The top five universities in the Arab world

5. Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates

Khalifa University covers teaching and research in science, engineering and medicine across three colleges, three research institutes, 18 research centres, and 36 academic departments.

The university, located in Abu Dhabi in the UAE, was founded in 2007.

The average class size at Khalifa University is 15 students, ensuring an excellent student-to-staff ratio.

4. Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, Saudi Arabia

Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University is located in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. It was founded by Prince Mohammad bin Fahd, the former governor of the Eastern Province.

The university comprises six colleges: engineering, architecture and design, business, computer engineering and science, human studies and science and law. The university is in the process of setting up a college of medicine.

3. Qatar University, Qatar

Qatar University is a public university located in the city of Doha in Qatar.

The university is home to 10 colleges, including arts and sciences, business and economics, engineering, and law. The university offers 47 bachelor’s, 29 master’s and 20 PhD programmes, as well as nine diplomas and a doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) programme. Courses at the university are taught in both Arabic and English.

Students can benefit from a range of amenities on campus, including a library, male and female student activities buildings, a student learning support centre, and the student counselling centre.

2. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a relatively young university, having been established in 2009.

The university is the first mixed gender campus to be located in Saudi Arabia.

As the name would suggest, teaching and learning are focused on science and technology, with courses available in bioengineering, computer science, statistics, earth science and engineering and many other areas.

The official language of instruction is English.

1. King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

King Abdulaziz University was established in 1967 in Jeddah, on the shore of the Red Sea. The university was named after the founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud. It was initially established as a private university but was converted to a public university in 1974.

Students who attend the university receive free education and housing. It has a comprehensive learning programme across faculties, including the arts and humanities, science and technology, and medicine. The university also offers some courses that are unavailable at any other universities in Saudi Arabia, such as marine science, meteorology and astronomy.

King Abdulaziz University adheres to Islamic regulations by having separate campuses for men and women, each equipped with a library and athletic and recreational facilities.


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Top universities in the Arab world 2022

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2023 results

Arab rank 2022 Arab rank 2021 University Country/region
1 1 King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia
2 3 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Saudi Arabia
3 2 Qatar University Qatar
4 4 Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University Saudi Arabia
5 6 Khalifa University United Arab Emirates
6 5 King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals Saudi Arabia
=7 8 King Saud University Saudi Arabia
=7 7 United Arab Emirates University United Arab Emirates
9 =19 University of Sharjah United Arab Emirates
10 10 Zewail City of Science and Technology Egypt
11 =36 Beirut Arab University Lebanon
12 12 Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University Saudi Arabia
13 9 American University of Beirut Lebanon
14 13 Mansoura University Egypt
=15 27 Al Ain University United Arab Emirates
=15 23 American University in Cairo Egypt
=15 35 King Faisal University Saudi Arabia
18 =24 American University of the Middle East Kuwait
=19 101+ Jouf University Saudi Arabia
=19 14 Umm Al-Qura University Saudi Arabia
21 22 The University of Jordan Jordan
22 11 Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST) Egypt
23 =19 Alexandria University Egypt
24 =28 Al-Azhar University Egypt
25 44 King Khalid University Saudi Arabia
26 16 Sultan Qaboos University Oman
27 NR Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University Saudi Arabia
28 =31 Tanta University Egypt
29 30 Assiut University Egypt
=30 =31 American University of Sharjah United Arab Emirates
=30 =17 Kafrelsheikh University Egypt
32 =36 Ain Shams University Egypt
=33 34 Cairo University Egypt
=33 81–90 Qassim University Saudi Arabia
35 =17 Suez Canal University Egypt
36 33 Zagazig University Egypt
37 21 Lebanese American University Lebanon
38 =28 Beni-Suef University Egypt
39 NR Abu Dhabi University United Arab Emirates
=40 26 Lebanese University Lebanon
=40 39 University of Tunis El Manar Tunisia
42 91–100 Northern Border University Saudi Arabia
=43 =24 Jordan University of Science and Technology Jordan
=43 40 University of Sfax Tunisia
45 51–60 King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences Saudi Arabia
46 51–60 University of Baghdad Iraq
47 =47 Prince Sultan University (PSU) Saudi Arabia
48 49 Aswan University Egypt
49 =47 Benha University Egypt
50 38 The British University in Egypt Egypt

View the full Arab University Ranking here


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