Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) ranked first in the Times Higher Education (THE) Arab University Rankings 2023, a move up from KAUST's ranking as second in the previous year.
"KAUST also scored a perfect 100 for research environment, one of only two universities to do so, in the society pillar (measuring industry income, as well as participation and performance in the impact rankings) and the international outlook pillar (measuring the share of international students, staff and co-authorship, as well as research collaboration within the Arab world),” the university said in a statement on Thursday.
"This is a testament to the world-class research environment we have cultivated here at KAUST. Our new strategy is already delivering, with new key deepening strategic partnerships across China, the US, Europe and locally in Saudi Arabia with the giga-projects,” said KAUST President Tony Chan.
Furthermore, the Top500 Committee has ranked the KAUST supercomputer 'Shaheen III' the most powerful in the Middle East and 20th in the world. Chan believes it will take KAUST further up the global rankings.
"We are super powering our research across all disciplines, which is going to significantly address key global and local issues, such as climate and sustainability, renewable energy, AI and future economy and smart health."
Saudi Arabian and UAE universities dominate the top 10 in the Arab University Rankings 2023. The ascension of KAUST and other Saudi universities in the Rankings reflects the Kingdom's unwavering focus and investment in research, development and innovation, the statement said.