Arab University Rankings: 2021

The Times Higher Education Arab University Rankings 2021 reveal the strength of higher education across the Arab region. The methodology is based on the same framework as our World University Rankings, but some adjustments have been made and some new metrics have been included to reflect the features and missions of universities in the Middle East and North Africa.

Universities are judged across all their core missions – teaching, research, society and international outlook – to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available.


Read the Arab University Rankings 2021 methodology


Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz University tops the inaugural table for the region, with the Kingdom claiming four of the top five positions and five of the top 10.

Qatar University claims second place, while institutions in the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Egypt also feature in the top 10. Egypt is the most-represented nation overall, with 31 institutions.

Elsewhere, Bahrain Oman, Jordan, Kuwait, Tunisia and Morocco all achieve top 50 positions, while Palestine, Iraq and Algeria appear in the top 100.

The top private institution in the ranking is Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University in fourth place.

Overall, 125 universities across 14 countries are ranked. A further 30 institutions are listed with “reporter” status, meaning that they provided data but did not meet our eligibility criteria to receive a rank.

Read our analysis of the Arab University Rankings 2021 results


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