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Revealed: Top 20 universities in the Middle East

Khalifa University of Science and Technology, ranked first in the UAE and placed 651 globally in the list, according to US News & World Report.

Revealed: Top 20 universities in the Middle East
Revealed: Top 20 universities in the Middle East

In the most comprehensive assessment of research universities worldwide, the new edition of the US News & World Report evaluated 1,500 institutions or universities in 81 countries on academic research and reputation.

Below is the list of top 20 universities in the Middle East: 

1. King Abdulaziz University

  • Globaly: 51
  • Country: Saudi Arabia, Jeddah
  • Global score: 74.3
  • Global research reputation: #391
  • Regional research reputation: #56
  • Publications: #141
  • Books: #606
  • Conferences: #441
  • Normalized citation impact: #63
  • Total citations: #102
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #98
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #49
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #209
  • International collaboration: #3
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #38
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #4

2. King Abdullah University of Science & Technology

  • Globaly: 152
  • Country: Saudi Arabia, Thuwal
  • Global score: 65.1
  • Global research reputation: #227
  • Regional research reputation: #48
  • Publications: #530
  • Books: #971
  • Conferences: #426
  • Normalized citation impact: #134
  • Total citations: #393
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #323
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #19
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #551
  • International collaboration: #13
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #294
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #68

3. King Saud University

  • Globaly: 332
  • Country: Saudi Arabia, Riyadh
  • Global score: 55.4
  • Global research reputation: #416
  • Regional research reputation: #58
  • Publications: #151
  • Books: #734
  • Conferences: #304
  • Normalized citation impact: #930
  • Total citations: #226
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #257
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #957
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #596
  • International collaboration: #16
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #275
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #804

4. Cairo University

  • Globaly: 434
  • Country: Egypt, Giza
  • Global score: 51.1
  • Global research reputation: #343
  • Regional research reputation: #6
  • Publications: #343
  • Books: #679
  • Conferences: #267
  • Normalized citation impact: #801
  • Total citations: #402
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #503
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,174
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #1,042
  • International collaboration: #449
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #484
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #877

5. American University of Beirut

  • Globaly: 541
  • Country: Lebanon, Beirut
  • Global score: 47.6
  • Global research reputation: #418
  • Regional research reputation: #38
  • Publications: #820
  • Books: #606
  • Conferences: #764
  • Normalized citation impact: #471
  • Total citations: #721
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #821
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #899
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #933
  • International collaboration: #101
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #596
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #341

6. King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)

  • Globaly: 608
  • Country: Saudi Arabia, Dhahran
  • Global score: 45.4
  • Global research reputation: #359
  • Regional research reputation: #52
  • Publications: #692
  • Books: #697
  • Conferences: #436
  • Normalized citation impact: #948
  • Total citations: #740
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #705
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #841
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #1,379
  • International collaboration: #232
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #573
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #525

7. Khalifa University of Science & Technology

  • Globaly: 651
  • Country: United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi
  • Global score: 44.2
  • Global research reputation: #750
  • Regional research reputation: #95
  • Publications: #903
  • Books: #657
  • Conferences: #247
  • Normalized citation impact: #770
  • Total citations: #874
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #766
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #503
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #513
  • International collaboration: #22
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #924
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #920

8. Mansoura University

  • Globaly: 663
  • Country: Egypt, Mansoura
  • Global score: 43.7
  • Global research reputation: #873
  • Regional research reputation: #17
  • Publications: #696
  • Books: #1,189
  • Conferences: #1,087
  • Normalized citation impact: #593
  • Total citations: #639
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #837
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,218
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #438
  • International collaboration: #179
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #749
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #887

9. Ain Shams University

  • Globaly: 667
  • Country: Egypt, Cairo
  • Global score: 43.6
  • Global research reputation: #753
  • Regional research reputation: #8
  • Publications: #582
  • Books: #1,189
  • Conferences: #515
  • Normalized citation impact: #953
  • Total citations: #648
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #721
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,147
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #1,126
  • International collaboration: #498
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #721
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #980

10. Jordan University of Science & Technology

  • Globaly: 688
  • Country: Jordan, Irbid
  • Global score: 42.9
  • Global research reputation: #445
  • Regional research reputation: #62
  • Publications: #1,258
  • Books: #1,370
  • Conferences: #922
  • Normalized citation impact: #25
  • Total citations: #837
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,325
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,244
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #971
  • International collaboration: #323
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #876
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #425

11. Alexandria University

  • Globaly: 778
  • Country: Egypt, Alexandria
  • Global score: 40.0
  • Global research reputation: #824
  • Regional research reputation: #13
  • Publications: #708
  • Books: #1,189
  • Conferences: #609
  • Normalized citation impact: #1,326
  • Total citations: #863
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #871
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,259
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #273
  • International collaboration: #109
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #1,041
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #1,314

12. United Arab Emirates University

  • Globaly: 803
  • Country: United Arab Emirates, Al-Ain
  • Global score: 39.1
  • Global research reputation: #1,151
  • Regional research reputation: #134
  • Publications: #1,135
  • Books: #910
  • Conferences: #747
  • Normalized citation impact: #476
  • Total citations: #960
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,035
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #817
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #752
  • International collaboration: #34
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #952
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #731

13. Assiut University

  • Globaly: 885
  • Country: Egypt, Assiut
  • Global score: 36.6
  • Global research reputation: #1,006
  • Regional research reputation: #19
  • Publications: #863
  • Books: #971
  • Conferences: #1,026
  • Normalized citation impact: #1,371
  • Total citations: #1,033
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,044
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,295
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #162
  • International collaboration: #51
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #1,209
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #1,368

14. Sultan Qaboos University

  • Globaly: 904
  • Country: Oman, Muscat
  • Global score: 36.0
  • Global research reputation: #987
  • Regional research reputation: #94
  • Publications: #1,091
  • Books: #767
  • Conferences: #922
  • Normalized citation impact: #1,068
  • Total citations: #1,131
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,106
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,065
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #766
  • International collaboration: #31
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #1,000
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #855 

15. Suez Canal University

  • Globaly: 928
  • Country: Egypt, Ismailia
  • Global score: 35.2
  • Global research reputation: #1,394
  • Regional research reputation: #36
  • Publications: #1,209
  • Books: #1,280
  • Conferences: #1,269
  • Normalized citation impact: #417
  • Total citations: #984
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,081
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #821
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #110
  • International collaboration: #32
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #1,025
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #795

16. Beni-Suef University

  • Globaly: 951
  • Country: Egypt, Beni Suef
  • Global score: 34.3
  • Global research reputation: #1,394
  • Regional research reputation: #34
  • Publications: #1,337
  • Books: #1,370
  • Conferences: #1,341
  • Normalized citation impact: #647
  • Total citations: #1,188
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,081
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #566
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #270
  • International collaboration: #105
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #893
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #343

17. University of Jordan

  • Globaly: 998
  • Country: Jordan, Amman
  • Global score: 32.8
  • Global research reputation: #501
  • Regional research reputation: #84
  • Publications: #1,094
  • Books: #971
  • Conferences: #1,050
  • Normalized citation impact: #1,350
  • Total citations: #1,240
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,249
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,309
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #806
  • International collaboration: #251
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #1,285
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #1,304

18. Zagazig University

  • Globaly: 1009
  • Country: Egypt, Zagazig
  • Global score: 32.5
  • Global research reputation: #1,072
  • Regional research reputation: #29
  • Publications: #902
  • Books: #1,280
  • Conferences: #1,296
  • Normalized citation impact: #1,338
  • Total citations: #1,052
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,087
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,316
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #734
  • International collaboration: #295
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #1,258
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #1,386

19. Helwan University

  • Globaly: 1022
  • Country: Egypt, Helwan
  • Global score: 32.1
  • Global research reputation: #1,315
  • Regional research reputation: #32
  • Publications: #1,288
  • Books: #1,013
  • Conferences: #1,021
  • Normalized citation impact: #1,103
  • Total citations: #1,287
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,320
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,185
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #245
  • International collaboration: #97
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #1,148
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #937

20. Tanta University

  • Globaly: 1050
  • Country: Egypt, Tanta
  • Global score: 31.5
  • Global research reputation: #1,315
  • Regional research reputation: #26
  • Publications: #1,127
  • Books: #1,013
  • Conferences: #1,179
  • Normalized citation impact: #1,229
  • Total citations: #1,219
  • Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,176
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited: #1,139
  • International collaboration - relative to country: #705
  • International collaboration: #285
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #1,362
  • Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited: #1,377

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