REGIONAL UNIVERSITIES RANK LOW IN GLOBAL TABLE
Eight of the top ten regional educational institutions’ rankings have dropped in this year’s QS World University Rankings, as the Middle East region struggles with socio-economic turmoil. King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals – KFUPM – is the top regional institution, at number 216, a drop of eight places from 2012. The American University of Beirut maintains its 2012 position at 250, while the American University in Cairo, which is at 348, is the only institution to improve its ranking. There are 26 institutions from 11 Middle East countries on the list. Saudi Arabia has three of the region’s top five institutions: KFUPM, King Saud University and King Abdul Aziz University.
“Middle Eastern institutions are producing less widely cited research than in previous years, which can be related to the unrest in the region,” says Ben Sowter, head of research at QS. Massachusetts Institute of Technology tops the global table for the second year, ahead of Harvard University and the University of Cambridge.