RE­GIONAL UNI­VER­SI­TIES RANK LOW IN GLOBAL TA­BLE

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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.

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