RIYADH: The number of Saudi universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, also known as the Shanghai Ranking, has risen to 15 from six in the most recent ranking.
Saudi universities were recognized in 11 scientific disciplines in which they competed for advanced centers. It is one of the top 50 international universities where Saudi universities have achieved advanced positions, including the 15th International Center for Energy Science and Engineering attained by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology , as well as the 24th World Center for Nanoscience and Technology achieved by King Abdulaziz University.
Shanghai Rankings said its 2022 Global University Disciplines Survey represents “the most comprehensive and unbiased ranking of international universities by subject on the planet.”
This year’s ranking covered university rankings in 54 subjects, including natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences and social sciences. The ranking now includes more than 1,800 out of 5,000 universities covering 96 countries and regions.
Saudi Arabia won first place in the Arab world and 30th globally in the Nature Index for the quality of scientific research, with 26 Saudi universities on the list in 2022 compared to 16 universities in 2018.
In the QS World University Rankings, the number of Saudi universities rose to 16 from nine in 2019.
The number of Saudi universities rose to 15 in the Times Higher Education rankings for 2022, from six in 2019, while the number of emerging Saudi universities rose to 12 in the Times International Ranking of Emerging Universities 2022, from three in 2019.
With emphasis on the research objective, World University Rankings offers a comprehensive list of the top universities in the world. It is the only global university ranking that assesses research-intensive institutions on all of their primary objectives, including teaching (learning environment), research (volume, revenue and reputation), citations (research influence), industry earnings (knowledge transfer) and international openness (staff, students and research).
Raed Al-Hamdani, general supervisor of Positive Interaction for Training and Consulting, said the increase in the number of Saudi universities in the Shanghai ranking is a real indication that state support for education at its various stages takes positive steps and qualitative leaps. in line with Vision 2030.
Al-Hamdani urged national institutions, including universities and academic and professional institutes, to develop their performance by training their employees to keep pace with the latest global developments.
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