WASHINGTON, June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. News & World Report, the U.S.-based publisher of Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools, today unveiled the 2016 Best Arab Region Universities rankings on usnews.com. The latest edition is the largest in-depth ranking of higher education institutions in the Arab region.
New in 2016, the U.S. News Best Arab Region Universities rankings have been expanded to include 124 universities, up from 91, and eight new subject rankings in areas such as business, management and accounting; and economics, econometrics and finance. Also new, U.S. News ranked institutions overall using a methodology that incorporates both academic research performance and reputation among Arab region academics and employers.
Assisting in the research effort, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development supported this year's edition as a way to create global consistency and add value to higher education in the region. QF's support also ensures that the Middle East and North Africa region can be ranked using relevant global criteria, which enables regional institutes to strengthen their international influence.
The Best Arab Region Universities rankings are led by Robert Morse, chief data strategist and head of educational research at U.S. News, who has played a significant role in the development of standardized data for U.S. higher education.
"The rankings offer prospective students, families, policymakers and employers a wealth of information on the schools in their region," said Mr. Morse. "With the enhanced data, students can make more accurate comparisons between schools."
Three universities in Saudi Arabia once again top the list of Best Arab Region Universities. King Saud University in Riyadh claims the No. 1 spot, followed by King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah at No. 2 and King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Thuwal at No. 3.
Egypt has the most universities in the overall rankings with 25 institutions earning a spot. Next is Algeria with 20 universities, followed by Saudi Arabia with 16.
The rankings are based on research data from Elsevier's Scopus, the world's largest abstract and citation database, and metrics powered by SciVal analytics, part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio, and separate academic and employer reputation surveys conducted only in the Arab region by Ipsos in MENA.
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