International Rankings of Arab Universities: Current Status and Challenges

International Rankings of Arab Universities: Current Status and Challenges

  • 27 May 2015

The worldwide ranking of universities is widely acknowledged as one of the most important mechanisms for deciphering a university’s perceived quality, whether in terms of scientific research, pedagogical methods or the type of education they provide. The effects of this ranking system has extended to the labor market, where international institutions and corporations look to attract graduates from the top ranking universities.

The publication of university rankings provides various benefits to students, governments, the labor market in general and the universities themselves. Yet, university rankings remain the subject of repeated criticism, particularly with regards to their perceived inability to show the true quality of education offered, teaching and community services provided or the inherent bias against universities in non-English speaking countries. Therefore, the university ranking system fails to provide an adequate assessment of a university’s true position amongst global competitors. Moreover, the position of Arab universities in these rankings does not reflect the rich scientific heritage associated with Islamic civilization, the benefits of which have been felt across the globe.

However, these rankings could potentially help motivate Arab universities to: improve their scientific, educational and pedagogical status; address internal weaknesses; and strengthen their local and global competitiveness. They should also devote themselves to developing a knowledge economy and preparing young researchers in their respective countries. They should not disregard the contracts signed with distinguished academics.

This paper shall present an overview of the adopted indicators and criteria used to determine university rankings. Secondly, it shall reveal the positions of Arab universities among the rankings. Thirdly, it will highlight the various shortcomings of Arab university policies regarding international ranking. Fourthly,  it will pinpoint the flaws of the adopted criteria in the ranking of universities.

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Wednesday 27 May 2015

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Wednesday 27 May 2015

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