RIYADH — Saudi universities advanced in the UK Times Higher Education (THE) ranking of the finest emerging universities in the world; with 12 universities entering the ranking list in 2022 compared to 7 universities last year.
This is a growth of about 70%, securing advanced ranks varying between 36 and 400 among the top 400 universities in the list, including more than 790 universities.
Earlier, 15 Saudi universities were ranked in the (THE) classification of the best international universities this year; compared to 10 universities in 2021, an increase of 50%, while 11 universities progressed and improved their ranking.
When pitching its classification, the “THE” website stated that the Kingdom ranked first globally with a 35% improvement in citations for its research outcomes.
“THE” ranking methodology is based on assessing research-intensive universities in all of their primary tasks; teaching, knowledge transfer, research, and international expectations; with the weightings re-calibrated to mirror the image of the functions of emerging universities.
The scale adopts 13 calibrated indicators to provide the most exhaustive and balanced comparison; and enjoys the confidence of students, university leaders, academics, industry, and government.
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All performance indicators are grouped into five sets: teaching (learning environment), research (volume, income, reputation); International outlook (employees, students, and research), citations (research impact), and industry income (knowledge transfer). — SPA