Seven universities in Saudi Arabia have been listed among the world’s top 1,000 universities in the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) – otherwise known as Shanghai Ranking. Previously, there were four Saudi universities in the Shanghai Ranking in 2019, and in 2022, there are seven – which could be an indication that the kingdom’s education and higher learning sectors are thriving.
In this year’s edition of the ranking, the King Saud University (KSU) of Riyadh and King Abdulaziz University (KAU) of Jeddah have secured a place among the world’s top 150 universities for the second year running. KSU, the best among the Saudi universities, ranked 121st in the global list, while KAU ranked 149th worldwide. King Saud University is just 21 places away from ranking in the world’s top 100 universities.
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Taif University, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, in addition to King Khalid University, which entered in the classification among the top 1,000 institutions in the world for the first time last year climbed up the ranks, while Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University entered the ranking for the first time this year.
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The ARWU ranking for 2022 was announced by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Since 2003, ARWU has ranked the world’s top universities annually based on transparent methodology and objective third-party data. This year, over 2500 institutions were assessed, and the best 1000 universities in the world, published.
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Being a certified global classification body, ARWU ranks world’s universities according to criteria and standards, including the quality of education, the efficiency of faculty members, the outputs of scientific research, and the size of the institution. The results of this year’s ranking confirmed that the efforts being made by the kingdom in the education sector are attaining their goals and strategic objectives under the kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.
The Shanghai Ranking Consultancy is one of the three most important global ranking bodies. Saudi universities have made remarkable advances in the ranking of latter also. There are 16 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2023, compared to 9 universities in 2019, and 22 universities in the classification of British Times Higher Education compared to three Saudi universities in 2019.