Times Higher Education has created a snapshot Arab World university ranking based on data from the 2017 THE World University Rankings.
The league table has been compiled by filtering the overall World University Rankings results to include only universities located in nations that are members of the Arab League. THE has then ranked the best universities based on their overall ranking score. The full methodology of the World University Rankings 2017 can be viewed here.
The top three universities in the 2017 table are located in Saudi Arabia. All the universities in the top five are in the Middle East, while universities situated in North Africa – including universities from Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria – feature further down the list.
The most represented country in the ranking is Egypt, with eight universities altogether. Saudi Arabia is next, with four institutions; Jordan, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates have three; Tunisia has two; and Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Oman and Algeria each have one university on the list.
Many of the universities featured in the ranking are specialist science and technology universities.